Talk by Dr. Katie Seaborn (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:30 - 10:30 JST

RIKEN AIP Open Space

Nihonbashi 1-chome Mitsui Building, 15th floor, 1-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0027, Japan


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Speaker: Dr. Katie Seaborn (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Title: Towards symbodiment for societal flourishing

The hyper-aged society is upon us in Japan. At the same time, Japan continues to lead the march into a future where technology is ubiquitous, with increasingly smaller and smarter devices becoming embedded in our work, social, and personal lives -- and even in our bodies. In this retrospective talk, I review the last eight years of my HCI research in and outside of Japan that is representative of these trajectories. Examples include: mixed reality gaming for older powered wheelchair users; persuasive and interactive anthropomorphic robots for behaviour change around recycling; and synchronous wearable computing games for intergenerational connectedness. From this, I propose a new social computing approach as a means of actively pursuing societal flourishing in Japan’s hyper-aged society: “symbodiment,” which merges the multiplicity and mutuality of symbiosis with computer-based augmentations and reconfigurations of human embodiment for prosocial ends.

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