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Children in 2077: Designing children's technologies in the age of transhumanism

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  • Oguz'Oz' Buruk, Tampere University
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  • Oguzhan Özcan, Koc University
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  • Gökçe Elif Baykal
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  • Tilbe Göksun, Buffalo State College, State University of New York
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  • Selçuk Acar, Kadir Has University
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  • Güler Akduman, Chalmers University of Technology
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  • Mehmet Aydln Baytaş, Koc University
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  • Ceylan Beşevli, University of Nottingham
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  • Joe Best, Koc University
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  • Aykut Coşkun, Koc Unive.
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  • Hüseyin Ugur Genç, Australian Institute of Health Innovation
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  • A. Baki Kocaballi, University of Turku
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  • Samuli Laato, Brazil National Institute of Industrial Property
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  • Cássia Mota, Rochester Institute of Technology
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  • Konstantinos Papangelis, Strategic Innovation Lab
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  • Marigo Raftopoulos, University of Nottingham
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  • Richard Ramchurn, University of Nottingham
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  • Juan Sádaba, University of the Basque Country
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  • Mattia Thibault, Tampere University
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  • Annika Wolff, Lappeenranta University of Technology
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  • Mert Yildiz, Koc University

What for and how will we design children's technologies in the transhumanism age, and what stance will we take as designers? This paper aims to answer this question with 13 fictional abstracts from sixteen authors of different countries, institutions and disciplines. Transhumanist thinking envisions enhancing human body and mind by blending human biology with technological augmentations. Fundamentally, it seeks to improve the human species, yet the impacts of such movement are unknown and the implications on children's lives and technologies were not explored deeply. In an age, where technologies such as under-skin chips or brain-machine interfaces can clearly be defined as transhumanist, our aim is to reveal probable pitfalls and benefits of those technologies on children's lives by using the power of design fiction. Thus, main contribution of this paper is to create diverse presentation of provocative research ideas that will foster the discussion on the transhumanist technologies impacting the lives of children in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2020 - Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of publicationHonululu
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication yearApr 2020
Article number3381821
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368193
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020
Event2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2020 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020


Conference2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2020
LandUnited States
SeriesConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

    Research areas

  • Augmented human, Brain-machine interface, Children, Cyborg, Design fiction, Interaction design, Posthumanism, Speculation, Transhumanism, Wearables

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