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What Would You Do? Design Fiction and Ethics

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Design fiction can be highly effective at envisioning possible futures. That envisioning enables, among other things, considering ethical implications of possible technologies. This paper highlights that capacity through a curated collection of five short design fiction pieces, each accompanied by its own author statement. Spanning multiple genres, each piece highlights ethical issues in its own way. After considering the unique strategies that each piece uses to highlight ethical issues, the paper concludes with considerations of how design fiction can advance broader discussions of ethics in computing.


Baumer, Eric P.S.; Berrill, Timothy; Botwinick, Sarah C.; Gonzales, Jonathan L.; Ho, Kevin; Kundrik, Allison; Kwon, Luke; LaRowe, Tim; Nguyen, Chanh P.; Ramirez, Fredy; Schaedler, Peter; Ulrich, William; Wallace, Amber; Wan, Yuchen; Weinfeld, Benjamin (2018): What Would You Do? Design Fiction and Ethics. Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/3148330.3149405. Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 244–256. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA