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Limits and sustainable interaction design: Obsolescence in a future of collapse and resource scarcity


Remy, Christian; Huang, Elaine May (2015). Limits and sustainable interaction design: Obsolescence in a future of collapse and resource scarcity. First Monday, 20(8):online.

Abstract

Electronic waste, caused by the advancements of technology and its rapidly increasing obsolescence, represents a major threat to environmental sustainability. Research in sustainable HCI has proposed a variety of solutions to tackle this issue, but has yet to create a major impact in product design. While currently industry’s goals are opposed to research’s concepts of addressing obsolescence, a future of collapse and resource scarcity requires a revisit of those contributions: changes in society at large, such as a decrease of resource availability, different needs, requirements, and desires of the consumer, but also new directions of industry and marketing might enable researchers to bring their old concepts into practice. We take a look at a variety of obsolescence-related research in sustainable HCI and foreshadow its potential for such a future of collapse and resource scarcity.

Abstract

Electronic waste, caused by the advancements of technology and its rapidly increasing obsolescence, represents a major threat to environmental sustainability. Research in sustainable HCI has proposed a variety of solutions to tackle this issue, but has yet to create a major impact in product design. While currently industry’s goals are opposed to research’s concepts of addressing obsolescence, a future of collapse and resource scarcity requires a revisit of those contributions: changes in society at large, such as a decrease of resource availability, different needs, requirements, and desires of the consumer, but also new directions of industry and marketing might enable researchers to bring their old concepts into practice. We take a look at a variety of obsolescence-related research in sustainable HCI and foreshadow its potential for such a future of collapse and resource scarcity.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Date:3 August 2015
Deposited On:27 Aug 2015 13:21
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:22
Publisher:University of Illinois at Chicago Library
ISSN:1396-0458
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v20i8.6122
Official URL:http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/6122/4841
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:12293

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