Technology-Centric Real-World Labs: Challenges and Opportunities for a New Mode of Participatory Research From the Perspective of Computer Science
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Mensch und Computer 2023 - Workshopband
MCI-WS02: Partizipative und sozialverantwortliche Technikentwicklung
Real-World Labs (RWLs) hold the promise of directly involving citizens in shared shaping of research with the goal of societal transformation. However, particularly in the case of technologycentric RWLs, this is associated with unique challenges with respect to the way technology-based intervention is negotiated particularly with respect to accessibility and understanding of emerging technologies. In this position paper, we reflect upon these challenges on the basis of three RWLs, "Accessibility", "Artificial Intelligence and Robotics", and "Cooperative Autonomous Mobility". We close with guiding principles for technology-centric RWLs that we wish to discuss with the research community in an effort to ensure that the introduction of technological intervention does not threaten the democratic notion of the concept.