Technologies such as blockchains, smart contracts and programmable batteries facilitate emerging models of energy distribution, trade and consumption, and generate a considerable number of opportunities for energy markets. However, these developments complicate relationships between stakeholders, disrupting traditional notions of value, control and ownership. Discussing these issues with the public is particularly challenging as energy consumption habits often obscure the competing values and interests that shape stakeholders' relationships. To make such difficult discussions more approachable and examine the missing relational aspect of autonomous energy systems, we combined the design of speculative hairdryers with performance and deliberation. This integrated method of inquiry makes visible the competing values and interests, eliciting people's wishes to negotiate these terms. We argue that the complexity of mediated energy distribution and its convoluted stakeholder relationships requires more sophisticated methods of inquiry to engage people in debates concerning distributed energy systems.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publication status||Published - May 2019|
|Event||ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019 - Glasgow, United Kingdom|
Duration: 4 May 2019 → 9 May 2019
|Conference||ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019|
|Abbreviated title||CHI 2019|
|Period||4/05/19 → 9/05/19|
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- Edinburgh College of Art - Senior Lecturer
- Design Informatics
- Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems
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