In this presentation, Nazli will argue that IoT design and research could benefit from reading the smart and networked through the metaphor of “agency” in order to describe their new affordances, challenges, and opportunities. That is, these products are active agents in shaping the network of relationships they are in together with other human and nonhuman actors. They collect data, act on data, and make visible interventions in the contexts they are in based on data, which are all powerful displays of agency. She will call out three types of behaviours that smart products exhibit as agents, i.e., the Collector, the Actor, and the Creator, and discuss the benefits of each metaphor, propose design methodologies that are fitting for creating agents and discuss the design challenges that follow from the form and behavior of such agents.
Nazli Cila researcher at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences presented her research on Products as Agents.