Idiotic agents within home Expanding interactions between humans and Intelligent Personal Assistants beyond automated functionality

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Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPAs) are voice-enabled virtual agents providing automated functionality through very specific interactions structured around embedded and cloud-based intelligence. However, concerns related to privacy and data extraction, along with users’ frustration over limited interactions, have rendered them controversial. Their ‘intelligence’ is the main control point through which tech companies turn human life into quantifiable data sold to advertisers. Hence, users are instrumentalized and IPAs become passive tools promoting efficiency or enemies trespassing on users’ privacy.

What if IPAs operated beyond such limited automation? Bringing together speculative and inclusive design, I develop an idiotic framework to explore more inclusive interactions, where the ‘user’ is an idiosyncratic human with unquantifiable peculiarities, and the IPA manifests diverse agential capacities. Through participatory methods and a post-human approach, I prioritize creativity and diversity of perspectives involved in IPA design in order to expand human-IPA entanglements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2022 - Companion Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
EditorsFlorian `Floyd' Mueller, Stefan Greuter, Rohit Ashok Khot, Penny Sweetser, Marianna Obrist
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9359-1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2022
EventDIS '22 Companion: Designing Interactive Systems Conference - Virtual, Australia
Duration: 13 Jun 202217 Jun 2022


ConferenceDIS '22 Companion


  • design framework
  • human-IPA interactions
  • idiocy
  • inclusive design
  • speculative design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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