A Phenomenology of Human-Electricity RelationsJames Pierce, Eric PaulosCMU, HCII
In what ways can we experience energy?
In what ways can we experiencethe presence of electrical energy?
How can we designfuture ways of using & experiencing energy?
Philosophy of technology
Philosophy of technology >> Don Ihde
Don Ihde >> Human-technology relationsIhde, D. (1990). Technology and the lifeworld: From garden to earth. Indiana Univers...
4 Human-technology relations:embodiment - hermeneutic - alterity - background
embodiment    hermeneutic     alterityready-to-hand                                            present-at-hand            ...
Embodiment relationsA “partial symbiosis” of human and technology
A relation through a technology
Hermeneutic relations“semi-opaque” connection between the technology and referent
120   50      40100      3080      2060      1040      020      10 0    2020    3040    40 F    C
A relation with technology         120   50               40         100               30         80               20     ...
Alterity relationsA relation to a “technology other”
A relation to technology
Background relationsA “present absence” of technology
Electricity as a background technology
Human-electricity relations
“the ratio of the objectness of the technology        and its transparency in use”.
Embodiment relations through electricity
Embodiment relations through electricity to that electricity
Hermeneutic relations with electricity
Hermeneutic relations with electricity to that electricity                                          7%
Hermeneutic relations with electricity to other electricity                                       Watts                   ...
Alterity relations to electricity
Alterity relations to electricityPierce, J. & Paulos, E. (2010). Materializing energy. DIS ‘10.Pierce, J. & Paulos, E. (20...
Relations through, with and to electricity                                          Watts                                 ...
Thanks!James Pierce | jjpierce@cs.cmu.edu
Hermeneutic relations without electricity to other electricity
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
A phenomenology of human-electricity relations
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This paper investigates the philosophical question of how we can experience energy with the aim of informing the design of future ways of experiencing energy by means of technology. Four human-technology relations formulated by philosopher of technology Don Ihde are presented. Each is then developed in the context of electrical interactive technologies. In conclusion these human-electricity and human-technology relations are employed in order to interpret current work related to energy and sustainability within HCI and point to future work in these areas.

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A phenomenology of human-electricity relations

  1. 1. A Phenomenology of Human-Electricity RelationsJames Pierce, Eric PaulosCMU, HCII
  2. 2. In what ways can we experience energy?
  3. 3. In what ways can we experiencethe presence of electrical energy?
  4. 4. How can we designfuture ways of using & experiencing energy?
  5. 5. Philosophy of technology
  6. 6. Philosophy of technology >> Don Ihde
  7. 7. Don Ihde >> Human-technology relationsIhde, D. (1990). Technology and the lifeworld: From garden to earth. Indiana University Press.
  8. 8. 4 Human-technology relations:embodiment - hermeneutic - alterity - background
  9. 9. embodiment hermeneutic alterityready-to-hand present-at-hand [ background ]
  10. 10. Embodiment relationsA “partial symbiosis” of human and technology
  11. 11. A relation through a technology
  12. 12. Hermeneutic relations“semi-opaque” connection between the technology and referent
  13. 13. 120 50 40100 3080 2060 1040 020 10 0 2020 3040 40 F C
  14. 14. A relation with technology 120 50 40 100 30 80 20 60 10 40 0 20 10 0 20 20 30 40 40 F C
  15. 15. Alterity relationsA relation to a “technology other”
  16. 16. A relation to technology
  17. 17. Background relationsA “present absence” of technology
  18. 18. Electricity as a background technology
  19. 19. Human-electricity relations
  20. 20. “the ratio of the objectness of the technology and its transparency in use”.
  21. 21. Embodiment relations through electricity
  22. 22. Embodiment relations through electricity to that electricity
  23. 23. Hermeneutic relations with electricity
  24. 24. Hermeneutic relations with electricity to that electricity 7%
  25. 25. Hermeneutic relations with electricity to other electricity Watts MODE
  26. 26. Alterity relations to electricity
  27. 27. Alterity relations to electricityPierce, J. & Paulos, E. (2010). Materializing energy. DIS ‘10.Pierce, J. & Paulos, E. (2010). Designing for emotional attachment to energy. Design & Emotion ‘10.
  28. 28. Relations through, with and to electricity Watts MODE
  29. 29. Thanks!James Pierce | jjpierce@cs.cmu.edu
  30. 30. Hermeneutic relations without electricity to other electricity

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