University of Twente Student Theses


Intentionality of persuasive technologies

Soltanzadeh, S. (2009) Intentionality of persuasive technologies.

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Abstract:If you are a student and you need to borrow a book from the library of the University of Twente, you first have to register your library number together with the ID code of the book by placing the book you want to borrow and your student card under a laser-like beam coming out of a machine to let it know who has borrow which book. This machine gives a small printed receipt that shows you have officially borrowed the book(s) in question and also sends the information to the library’s data list which is connected also to another machine standing in front of the library’s exit point. This second machine works like an anti-shoplifting gate, except that it is used in a library not at the exit point of a store. If you leave the library with a book that is electronically tagged by the library’s data list as not-borrowed-yet, the machine starts beeping. Normally, what happens next is that the librarians call you to their desk to check if you are allowed to leave the library with the books you hold. Probably some other UT students also know that those machines do not always work properly. It happens once in a while that the first machine does not transform the information to the library’s data list, or that the anti-library-lifting gate confuses a bank card or a different electronic chip with the electronic tags exclusively meant to be for the UT library’s books, and so it starts beeping when it is not supposed to beep. I can also easily think of some Electrical Engineering students who know how to isolate a book’s chip from electromagnetic radiation and practically shot the anti-library-lifting gate while they leave the library with a book they are not officially borrowed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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