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Unconsciousness by Design: Addictive Technologies and the Escape from Freedom

Hsu, Cheryl (2017) Unconsciousness by Design: Addictive Technologies and the Escape from Freedom. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Hsu, Cheryl

How does human-centred design lead to addiction? This normative research project explores how designers of technology are complicit in the co-production of addictive user behaviour, unconsciously shifting the burden of responsibility by deferring to the desirability of “what people want.” These unconscious designers are themselves ideologically “addicted” to the promises of the technological fix, creating surface solutions that reinforce a status quo that commoditizes users of technology for profit. By foregrounding the technocratic intolerance of uncertainty and the need for existential responsibility, this research proposes how designers must consciously take an ethical stance to their practice in order to manifest empowering technologies that are respectful of the human condition.

Date: June 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Addiction, Technology, Design Ethics, Human-Centred Design, Silicon Valley, Human-Computer Interaction, Science and Technology Studies, Philosophy
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 18:59
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 23:00
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1743

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