Children in 2077: Designing children's technologies in the age of transhumanism

Oguz'Oz' Buruk, Oguzhan Özcan, Gökçe Elif Baykal, Tilbe Göksun, Ceylan Beşevli, Joe Best, Hüseyin Ugur Genç, A. Baki Kocaballi, Annika Wolff, More Authors

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What for and how will we design children's technologies in the transhumanism age, and what stance will we take as designers? This paper aims to answer this question with 13 fictional abstracts from sixteen authors of different countries, institutions and disciplines. Transhumanist thinking envisions enhancing human body and mind by blending human biology with technological augmentations. Fundamentally, it seeks to improve the human species, yet the impacts of such movement are unknown and the implications on children's lives and technologies were not explored deeply. In an age, where technologies such as under-skin chips or brain-machine interfaces can clearly be defined as transhumanist, our aim is to reveal probable pitfalls and benefits of those technologies on children's lives by using the power of design fiction. Thus, main contribution of this paper is to create diverse presentation of provocative research ideas that will foster the discussion on the transhumanist technologies impacting the lives of children in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2020 - Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6819-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2020 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Conference2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
OtherVirtual/online event due to COVID-19


  • Augmented human
  • Brain-machine interface
  • Children
  • Cyborg
  • Design fiction
  • Interaction design
  • Posthumanism
  • Speculation
  • Transhumanism
  • Wearables


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