Situated Automation: Algorithmic Creatures in Participatory Design

Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi, Laura Forlano, Denisa Kera

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This paper introduces the notion of situated automation to explore how emerging technologies of automation (such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and algorithms) might be considered as actors in Participatory Design (PD). The growing significance of these algorithmic systems in the shaping of public and private lives of the citizens make them a timely and important site of research and advocacy. This paper presents examples of practices and projects that work with the paradoxes of automation and participation as a site where the different actors collide and form what we describe as algorithmic creatures. We map the different modes of reflection about/through/with technologies of automation to argue for a PD with algorithmic creatures focused on pluralism, justice, equity, and care.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploratory Papers and Workshops
EditorsChiara Del Gaudio, Leonardo Parra-Agudelo, Rachel Clarke, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero, Andrea Botero, Felipe Cesar Londono, Felipe Cesar Londono, Paula Andrea Escandon Suarez
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450377003
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event16th Participatory Design Conference: Participation(s) Otherwise, PDC 2020 - Manizales, Colombia
Duration: 15 Jun 202019 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference16th Participatory Design Conference: Participation(s) Otherwise, PDC 2020

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  • Agency
  • Algorithmic creatures
  • Artificial intelligence
  • ISituated automation
  • Participatory design


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