Ethics in Movement: Shaping and Being Shaped in Human-Drone Interaction

Sara Eriksson, Kristina Höök, Richard Shusterman, Dag Svanaes, Carl Unander-Scharin, Asa Unander-Scharin

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How is ethics shaped by the particularities of a design? Through a detailed video analysis, we explore how ethicality is shaped in interaction between a choreographer, a performer and a choir of five drones, performing together on the opera stage. We pinpoint how movements enabled by the human-drone assemblage may limit or liberate artistic expressions vis-à-vis the norms of operatic performance. From a somaesthetics perspective on ethics, we show how the process of crafting rich experiences together with drones can deepen sensory appreciation skills, leading to an increased understanding of underlying somatic drivers and imposed norms. Somatic awareness thereby enables a richer repertoire of movements, expanding the ability to freely choose how to act, and cultivating empathy towards others. This shifts our understanding of ethics in HCI as solely about abstract rules or policies 'out there' to also concern the specifics of how technology informs or dictates movement and experience.
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Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication dateApr 2020
ISBN (Print)9781450367080
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020
SeriesACM Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)

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