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Johanna Ylipulli, Jenny Kangasvuo, Toni Alatalo, and Timo Ojala. 2016. Chasing Digital Shadows: Exploring Future Hybrid Cities through Anthropological Design Fiction. In Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 78, 10 pages. DOI:

Chasing digital shadows : exploring future hybrid cities through anthropological design fiction

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Author: Ylipulli, Johanna1; Kangasvuo, Jenny; Alatalo, Toni1;
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2016
Publish Date: 2017-02-07


This paper presents an anthropological design fiction envisioning a future hybrid city where 3D virtual city models and physical reality are intertwined seamlessly. The crafted fiction addresses three broad themes. Firstly, it explores how not only digital and physical but also past and present as well as near and distant places might become entangled in such a hybrid city. Secondly, we speculate what it means if the digital traces of a person — perhaps even his/her digitalized body — continue “living” in a hybrid city after s/he has passed away. Thirdly, we raise questions regarding power: who owns the digital city, and who has the right to change it? Lastly, we ponder some sociocultural questions and design ideas opened up by the fiction.

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ISBN: 978-1-4503-4763-1
Article number: 78
DOI: 10.1145/2971485.2993923
Host publication: NordiCHI '16 Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction : Gothenburg, Sweden — October 23 - 27, 2016
Conference: Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
616 Other humanities
Funding: We gratefully acknowledged the support of the ERDF the City of Oulu under the Six City Strategy program, and the COMBAT project (293389) funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 293389
Detailed Information: 293389 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © Ylipulli, Johanna & Kangasvuo, Jenny & Alatalo, Toni & Ojala, Timo | ACM 2016. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA,