Accepted paper:

Ambient Intelligence (AmI) technologies at work - a degraded reconstruction of human beings in socio-technical systems

Author:

Michael Bretschneider-Hagemes (Institute for occupational safety and health)

Paper short abstract:

The presentation brings the reconstruction of human beings in so called "ambient intelligence working systems" into focus. Suggestion will be made for supporting a humanitarian reconstruction of self-determined human beings in such working systems.

Paper long abstract:

Ambient Intelligence (AmI) technologies are becoming widespread in socio-technical working systems. Some of these are specific applications already integrated in the workflow, while others are ambitious strategies on the verge of an industrial implementation as often mentioned under the german "Industrie 4.0"-paradigm. In the presentation, the author reflects on a definition of these systems inspired by the theory of cybernetics as presented by Heinz von Foerster. Following this paradigm the construction or mirroring of human beings in these systems can be shown as a degraded reconstruction with extensive consequences for the labourer. On one hand in terms of his position within the power-structure and in terms of occupational stress and strain on the other hand. Suggestion for the re-engineering of the working systems will be made for supporting a reconstruction of self-determined human beings in such working systems.

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