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The Idea of Positive Computing
Can information systems be developed to support the unfolding of human potentials and create positive impacts for all stakeholders in the future? Can we change the development paradigms from overcoming barriers and improving (weak) acceptance towards a positive perception and impact for all stakeholders? These are the key questions of Positive Computing and related research for the Business and Information Systems Engineering (BISE) community in the next years.
Positive computing denotes the “design and development of technologies to support well-being and human potential” (Calvo and Peters 2014). The concept is currently discussed as the “next big thing” in non-scientific publications (Rodruigez 2015).
Up to now, technologies have mostly been seen as an obstacle or threat to potential users who develop fears, addictions, or similar negative behavior (“the dark side of information technology”; cf. Tarafdar et al. 2015). This is strongly reflected in...
KeywordsPositive computing Well-being Affective computing Positive technologies Positive psychology
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