How do you design for young people to understand automated decisions?

Client

Projects By If.

The Brief

How can we design for young people to understand automated decisions?

What we did

We engaged in a smaller version of our launchpad programme approach which involved Comuzi + Projects by If engaging in a kick off stage, user research, ideation workshop, low + high fidelity prototyping and ending off with a concept testing session.

In this project, we developed a fictional mental health chatbot, MoodJar.

Our goal behind Moodjar was to see:

    What young people would understand about automated decisions.

 

    How we could show the inner workings of a mental health chatbot, in ways that make automated decisions more understandable.

 

We used the insights generated from the user research to design a provotype which simulated conversation, focusing keenly on the user interface (UI) of the chatbot. We wanted to see if it could assist in making automated decisions more explainable, and subsequently understandable.

Results

What we learned in this project speaks to the relationship young people want to have with systems that use AI. The project is still in its early stages, and we need to keep testing these things, but there are some really interesting results.

The main one is that young people want certain boundaries respected if they are going to continue to positively engage with these technologies.

Young people believe and trust that AI is objective. They believe AI should not be making decisions which will have a big impact on their lives (though more decisions increasingly are), and they don’t want AI to try and develop a human like relationship with them.

With these lessons in mind, there is an opportunity to create new ways of designing that inform fairer and more explainable AI products and services.

If we pursue this work further, we can empower young people to navigate AI powered products and services more confidently in the future, by designing in ways that matter to them.

Read more about the projecthere.

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