Social AI for Engaging UbiComp

Antonini, Alessio and Lupi, Lucia (2019). Social AI for Engaging UbiComp. In: HTTF 2019 Proceedings of the Halfway to the Future Symposium 2019, article no. 39.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3363384.3363483

Abstract

This short paper introduces the concept of Social AI as pivot technology between the two visions of Weiser’s “calm” and Rogers’s “engaging” UbiComp technologies. We discuss three types of AI solutions, Personal AI, System AI and Social AI, in relation to their interaction with ubiquitous technologies and humans. On this ground, we highlighted as Personal and System AI are the perfect users of calm technologies, while Social AI instantiates the vision of engaging Ubicomp. Then, we furtherly elaborate the concept of Social AI as technology to navigate the dual complexity of social ecosystems and operating in synergy with humans without eroding their agency and by seeking their support through communication. We conclude by envisioning an entangled future between the research agenda on Social AI and engaging Ubicomp.

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