IxD theory 12 Envisioning future – Dark side?

12 How far does designer need to consider the worst scenario of the design usage? Especially marketizing the technology enabled services.


My professor who works at health industry mentioned they try out if their bandage doesn’t pill off from the water. When Boeing was finalizing their new 787, they tried hard to break the their new systems. Demo-ing the worst scenarios like what if every 200 passengers use electronical device recharging system in the same time.
Here we see designers consider possible bad cases and  prevent possible errors and potential accidents.

I am wondering how far designers who envision the future with new technology should consider about the worst scenario?
For example, a company that  makes a computer chip that people can eat that chip with drug and the chip tracks human condition and tracks one’s activity can greatly improve our health management. However what about dark side possibilities? I can be misapplied as tool to manipulate some human resource. For example, CIA or international spi organization can use this technology to manage their human resource more efficiently.
or spy certain figures body condition. Much like a Movie called ‘Island’, in  digitally manage clon human’s body condition.
Designers render new culture and change people’s life. It’s very important to think ahead the great idea but also possible errors and misuse that may followed by innovative ideas.

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3 thoughts on “IxD theory 12 Envisioning future – Dark side?

  1. All good points, and I can assure you that people’s imaginations have run away with them and we have seen long articles published about how the ingestible sensor could be misused. It’s important to plan for situations when this kind of mass hysteria might take hold. You must have the right elements in place early. Among the elements are a strong, trustworthy brand, educational materials that explain the truth, a strong understanding of the different voices out there and whom you need to manage, and public regulations that protect individuals.

  2. We have actually already had people’s imaginations run away with them and seen long articles published about how the ingestible sensor will be used for bad purposes. You have be very aware early on of the possibility that people will detract from your message. You have to have an arsenal of elements ready to shift the conversation and make sure it goes in your direction. Elements include things like a trustworthy brand, educational materials that explain the truth, a solid understand of the voices out there and whom you need to manage, and public regulations that protect individuals.

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