In our cover story, Yolande Strengers writes about the pervasive vision that has come to dominate sustainable HCI in the home. This vision is represented by Resource
Man, a fictitious consumer who
efficiently manages energy consumption
through the use of pervasive and smart
technologies. The author sees Resource
Man as an “invisible persona” who
stands in marked contrast to the visible
mundaneness of home life, such as piles
of laundry and discussions over who will
do the dishes or cook dinner. Strengers’s
witty and thoughtful exploration of
Resource Man uncovers the underlying
technocentric assumptions of
sustainable HCI in the home. She also
discusses alternatives and new insights
for HCI designers focusing on other
practices in the home that may have
more significant energy implications.
We celebrated the 20th anniversary
of Interactions with a party atop the
CN Tower at CHI 2014 in Toronto.
It was wonderful to see friends of the
magazine, old and new. Almost every
issue in print was on display for all to
see. The issues of the past 20 years
make clear the diversity of ideas and
the evolution of discussion within our
HCI community. We thank SIGCHI for
supporting this celebration and ACM
for making it happen.
At CHI, we also had a chance to
report on Interactions in a Special Interest
Group (SIG) meeting. We discussed the
new departments and changes in the
magazine. In addition, we shared some
interesting numbers with our audience.
Since 2012, our 24 bloggers have posted
more than 120 blogs. Since launching
in 2012, our website has had more than
428,000 page views and more than
164,000 unique visitors. In 2013, there
were 113,558 downloads of Interactions
articles from the ACM Digital Library
(DL). This is the highest number of
downloads of any year! Further, according
to ACM DL bibliometrics, Interactions
articles were cited 4,707 times between
2010 and 2013. The dissemination and
impact of all of our work in the magazine
is evidently on the increase.
Lastly, at the SIG meeting we had
a chance to discuss new ideas and
improvements with many of you and
receive feedback on the magazine.
We value this information more than
any numbers, so we encourage you to
keep it coming and let us know how
you experience or want to experience
Interactions in the future.
Ron Wakkary and Erik Stolterman
Strengers’s witty and thoughtful
exploration of Resource Man
uncovers the underlying
of sustainable HCI in the home.
The Pervasive Vision
Ron Wakkary Erik Stolterman