The ethical implications of automated computation in design

dos Santos Cabral Filho Jose (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Publication date: 11 November 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to present a framework for discussing ethics and computational design.

Design/methodology/approach

The main propositions of computational design are presented, discussed according to different authors and contrasted with cybernetic principles.

Findings

The paper finds that with algorithmic and parametric procedures, architects are using computation to reach a hitherto unknown ease of modelling multiple iterations of a design, so they can expand their possible design scenarios and cope with the uncertainties of ill-defined tasks. However, this strategy faces an ethical limitation because they fail to extend this openness to the final segment of the design chain, the user in the act of dwelling.

Originality/value

The paper brings a cybernetic perspective for discussing the often-overlooked ethical implications of computational strategies in design.

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Acknowledgements

The author would like to acknowledge Fapemig, Capes and CNPq for supporting the research that lead to this paper.

Citation

dos Santos Cabral Filho, J. (2013), "The ethical implications of automated computation in design", Kybernetes, Vol. 42 No. 9/10, pp. 1354-1360. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-10-2012-0067

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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