Chatbots of the gods

Blythe, Mark and Buie, Elizabeth (2014) Chatbots of the gods. In: NordiCHI '14 - Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 26th - 30th October 2014, Helsinki, Finland.

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This paper reflects on the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI) with techno-spirituality and science fiction (SF). The paper considers science fiction treatments of spirituality, religion and "the numinous" --- a mysterious presence that evokes fascination, awe and sometimes dread --- as stimulus for exploring techno-spiritual design through "imaginary abstracts", a form of design fiction. It presents an imaginary abstract --- a summary of a paper that has not been written about a prototype that does not exist [6] --- to explore possible user reactions to an artificial intelligence system that provides spiritual advice drawn from diverse sacred texts as relevant to the user's question. The paper argues that SF is a valuable resource for creating design fiction and may help HCI build a vocabulary for techno-spiritual experiences.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design fiction; Imaginary abstracts; Research through design; Science fiction; Techno-spirituality; User experience
Subjects: W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 15:29
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:40

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