The 21st Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association

  • Juan Mendoza (Speaker)

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Description

Welcome to IEA 2021. The Congress theme, “HFE (Human Factors and Ergonomics) in a connected world/L,ergonomie 4.0”, speaks to the role of emerging G5 technologies. Of course, while the technical program will feature theme-related sessions, the Congress will cover the full breath of traditional and emerging HFE topics and applications.

Abstract
I discuss the dilution of responsibility of action and the idea of a sym-metrical relationship between artefacts and humans. In doing so, I argue that meaning making is an activity unilaterally performed by agents, leading to an asymmetrical relationship between agents and artefacts. Therefore, the study of the one who is responsible for the action, the meaning-maker (with the capability to act) is crucial for a theory of action responsibility. The latter should not be transferred to derived agents, an abstract brand or impersonal technologies. The study of the origin of actions is crucial for a better understanding of situated cog-nition in relation to responsibility. Therefore, the role of artefacts in human ac-tions has to be reconsidered, since artefacts acquire functions by means of de-signing and they do not act for themselves. These issues have consequences for our understanding of situated cognition and for the current debate on responsibil-ity of AI technologies, as well as for work analysis and design.
Period2021 Jun 142021 Jun 18
Event typeConference
Conference number21
LocationVancouver, CanadaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational

UKÄ subject classification

  • Design
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy

Free keywords

  • Situated Cognition
  • Responsibility of action
  • Agency of things
  • Design semiotics
  • AI
  • Autonomous vehicles