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Exploring the Referral and Usage of Science Fiction in HCI Literature

  • Philipp JordanEmail author
  • Omar MubinEmail author
  • Mohammad ObaidEmail author
  • Paula Alexandra SilvaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10919)

Abstract

Research on science fiction (sci-fi) in scientific publications has indicated the usage of sci-fi stories, movies or shows to inspire novel Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research. Yet no studies have analysed sci-fi in a top-ranked computer science conference at present. For that reason, we examine the CHI main track for the presence and nature of sci-fi referrals in relationship to HCI research. We search for six sci-fi terms in a dataset of 5812 CHI main proceedings and code the context of 175 sci-fi referrals in 83 papers indexed in the CHI main track. In our results, we categorize these papers into five contemporary HCI research themes wherein sci-fi and HCI interconnect: (1) Theoretical Design Research; (2) New Interactions; (3) Human-Body Modification or Extension; (4) Human-Robot Interaction and Artificial Intelligence; and (5) Visions of Computing and HCI. In conclusion, we discuss results and implications located in the promising arena of sci-fi and HCI research.

Keywords

Design fiction Future visions HCI inspiraton Popular culture in science Science fiction 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.SCEM, Western Sydney UniversitySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  4. 4.DigiMedia Research CenterUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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