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

Oguz Buruk, Gökçe Elif Baykal, Selçuk Acar, Mehmet Aydın Baytas, Joe Best, Hüseyin Ugur Genç, Samuli Laato, Konstantinos Papangelis, Richard Ramchurn, Mattia Thibault, Mert Yildiz, Oguzhan Ozcan, Tilbe Göksun, Güler Akduman, Ceylan Besevli, Aykut Coskun, A. Baki Kocaballi, Cássia Mota, Marigo Raftopoulos, Juan SádabaAnnika Wolff

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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 '20
Subtitle of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368193
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020
Event2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020


Conference2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
CountryUnited States


  • children
  • interaction design
  • transhumanism
  • design fiction
  • speculation
  • brain-machine interface
  • posthumanism
  • cyborg
  • augmented human
  • wearables


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