“Open the pod bay doors, HAL.”
“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
Dave Bowman and HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey
I’m currently learning about persuasive technology, something that fits very well with prior ideas on a task manager and my research interest in mobile media. Although I am a psychologist, I am reading research in the area of HCI, at the moment, which is interesting — and encouraging to add a more psychological, process-oriented, theory-adaptive, empirical and accurate assessment perspective.
So far, one paper stood out regarding responsibility when it comes to persuasive technology. The tool that is described to change behavior is … interesting to say the least, as is the way the authors argue.
The paper is by Purpura, S., Schwanda, V., Williams, K., Stubler, W., & Sengers, P. (2011). Fit4Life: The Design of a Persuasive Technology. Promoting Healthy Behavior and Ideal Weight and very well worth reading.
Very interesting way to address scientific responsibility. If you know of similar papers — either regarding the approach or in trying to achieve the same goal — I’d love to hear about them.