Exploring critical scenarios of algorithmic energy distribution with the Karma Kettle Game

Billy Dixon, Yuning Chen, Esteban Serrano, Larissa Pschetz

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Abstract / Description of output

The Karma Kettle game allows people to experience critical scenarios of distributed energy transactions, which rely on networked batteries and algorithmic transactions. The connected kettles allow individuals to visualise the state of a local grid and choose to use, store or push energy back to the grid, receiving or losing karma points according to the degree in which their actions contribute to balancing the state of a local grid. The points, however, fluctuate according to each player's profile, which is defined based on the UK Census for energy consumption, which breaks down energy expenditure by parameters such as income, ethnicity, region, and sex. Join us to understand opportunities and critical issues raised by these systems but be careful not to get into negative Karma!
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '23 Companion
Subtitle of host publicationDesigning Interactive Systems Conference
EditorsDaragh Byrne, Nikolas Martelaro, Andy Boucher, David Chatting, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Sarah Fox, Iohanna Nicenboim, Cayley MacArthur
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450398985
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2023
EventACM Designing Interactive Systems (2023) - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: 10 Jul 202314 Jul 2023


ConferenceACM Designing Interactive Systems (2023)
Abbreviated titleACM DIS 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Interaction Design
  • Algorithmic Profiling
  • distributed Energy Systems
  • sustainable Energy Sources
  • Internet of Things
  • IoT


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