During the first half of my GID journey, I’ve been exploring how to create meaningful connections between human and everything around them-nature, products, etc., using technologies, with an ultimate vision of creating a smartly connected future.
Then the pandemic emerged. The ‘smartly-connected’ future is actually happening when everything has been highly digitalized to eliminate human interactions. This has made life easier for digital natives. But people who aren’t that comfortable with the complexity of digital technologies have a different time living a normal life in this highly digitalized but not adequately designed environment.
Without inclusive interactions, we’ll end up designing a so-called ‘smart’ future at the price of disabling vulnerable users’ access to many aspects of society. This is not the future I want to design for and live in. I feel called to take a step back and tackle this underlying, fundamental issue of ‘digital exclusion’, which is limiting the power and reach of many emerging but not yet widespread digital technologies. Recently I’ve been focusing on designing speculative and inclusive ‘interaction languages’ to enable the widest possible audience to benefit from novel digital technologies. My practices and research are focused on how different modalities and interaction metaphors can define and shape the inclusivity of novel digital technologies, and how to integrate digital inclusivity as a fundamental guideline to ensure accessible, human-centred experiences that could revolutionize the power and reach of emerging technologies which are at a crucial point of ‘near-maturity’.