The Divination of Things by Things

Akmal, Haider Ali and Coulton, Paul (2020) The Divination of Things by Things. In: CHI'20. ACM, New York. ISBN 9871450368193

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As humans our view of the world is predominantly restricted to our own experience and are largely oblivious to the alternate perspective of reality experienced by the objects that cohabit our spaces even though such objects are often integral components of our lives. This paper considers the growing phenomenon whereby non-human objects such as cutlery and appliances are having what might be considered human-like experiences through integration of advanced computational programming. By examining the services provided by Madame Bitsy’s Fantastic Future Forecasting and Fortune Telling Emporium for the Internet of Living Things, which is a fully autonomous online fortune telling service for Internet of Things enabled objects and services, we attempt to illuminate what it means to be a digitally connected object.

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