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Experiencing mundane AI futures

Pilling, Matthew; Coulton, Paul; Lodge, Thomas; Crabtreeb, Andy; Chamberlain, Alan

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Matthew Pilling

Paul Coulton

Thomas Lodge


Whilst popular visions of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are often presented through the lens of sentient machines, our lived experience of AI is more mundane and exemplified by so-called ‘smart’ products and services. Whilst this mundane reality is often presented using design approaches that make their operation appear simple and innocuous, these smart systems, and the data they use and collect, can challenge and even disrupt ordinary expectations. Our ability to manage smart technologies effectively is key to the field of Human Data Interaction (HDI), which seeks to shape systems design and empower users by implementing core principles of legibility, agency and negotiability. However, how these principles manifest in practice is yet to be fully understood. We seek to understand key challenges confronting HDI by situating smart products and services in everyday life and creating a mundane experiential future that houses AI in a caravan for evaluation with the general public.


Pilling, M., Coulton, P., Lodge, T., Crabtreeb, A., & Chamberlain, A. (2022). Experiencing mundane AI futures. .

Conference Name DRS2022
Conference Location Bilbao, Spain
Start Date Jun 23, 2022
End Date Jul 3, 2022
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2022
Online Publication Date Jun 16, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Aug 11, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 11, 2022
Publisher Design Research Society
Series Title DRS biennial conference series
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