Provocative AI: Beyond calm interactions

Hargreaves, Tom ORCID: and Pereira, Vinicius J. ORCID: (2023) Provocative AI: Beyond calm interactions. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 22 (3). pp. 58-61. ISSN 1536-1268

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Whilst the uses and potential benefits of AI-enabled technologies are expanding, there is also increased recognition of their potential downsides. This short comment critiques approaches to AI-enabled technologies based around ‘calm computing’ for rendering both users and the technologies themselves as passive and thus doing little to challenge the unsustainable status quo. It highlights some recent efforts to develop more proactive forms of AI but argues that, whilst these may lend more agency to technologies, they do little to increase the agency of users or engage them in thinking more critically about the nature of contemporary inequalities and unsustainabilities. To move beyond this situation, it calls for new forms of experimentation around what might be termed “Provocative AI” technologies. Drawing on emerging speculative examples relating to gender inequality, energy, and surveillance, it suggests that, instead of minimising or solving problems for users, Provocative AI could instead work to create more actively engaged citizens by promoting deeper reflection on the nature of contemporary societal problems.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This work was supported by the GECKO Innovative Training Network. This project has received funding from the European Commission under Horizon 2020 MSCA-ITN-2020 Innovative Training Networks program under Grant 955422.
Uncontrolled Keywords: software,computer science applications,computational theory and mathematics,sdg 5 - gender equality ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1700/1712
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Social Sciences
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Science, Society and Sustainability
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2023 12:30
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2024 15:30
DOI: 10.1109/MPRV.2023.3282819

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