In our everyday lives, we are starting to increasingly interact with smart products. This urges us, as designers, researchers and educators, to ask new questions concerning the type of interactions that we have with them and the role these artifacts play in everyday life. Studying and designing these products, their behavior and interactions, contributes to the DDFV theme of value operationalization and emphasizes the specification of values. Which values are relevant when considering the design of smart products and how do we specify these values?
For example, how do smart products enable meaningful human control and support human autonomy, and enable transparency about their intentions? Studying this question would allow a more precise identification and translation of these values and the relation between human and increasingly autonomous technology. We also offer a productive new approach to the design of such products.
This project has a focus on human perception of intentional behaviour and connects this topic to the fields of design, engineering and philosophy. During this seed project we will build further on two earlier studies around guide dogs and a smart backpack that investigated these questions in a research-through-design approach. Further analysis facilitates the dissemination of these insights and has the aim of securing future grand proposals.
The multidisciplinary composition of the team from four different faculties and the interdisciplinary character of the project allows for a synthesis of insights and intensification of collaboration between the participating faculties of TU Delft on the discussed issues.