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Aale Luusua and Johanna Ylipulli. 2020. Artificial Intelligence and Risk in Design. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1235–1244. DOI:

Artificial intelligence and risk in design

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Author: Luusua, Aale1; Ylipulli, Johanna2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-11-10


As artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are more and more integrated into everyday lives, both scholarly and popular discourses on AI’s often revolve around charting the various risks that may be associated with them. The manner and magnitude of risk that various researchers identify and foresee varies; however, what is common between them is, undoubtedly, the concept of risk itself. This concept, we argue, has been largely taken for granted by the fields involved in the research on AI’s; in other words, “risk” has been employed with an everyday sensibility without due critical examination. In this paper, we address risk as a concept directly, by examining interdisciplinary theories and literatures on risk to discuss examples of AI technologies. Through this work, we aim to begin a critical discussion of the importance of theorising risk within design research and practice, and within the development of emerging technologies.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-6974-9
Pages: 1235 - 1244
DOI: 10.1145/3357236.3395491
Host publication: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Conference: ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: Dr. Luusua gratefully acknowledges the grant from the Academy of Finland (grant number 316136).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 316136
Detailed Information: 316136 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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