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Systemic Relational Insights: A new hybrid intelligence approach to make sense of complex problems -117


Designing in the complexity and timescale of the global effort around “unsolvable” problems means working at different scales

Andrea Cattabriga

While developing local projects, it is not easy to make evident the relationship with global trends and patterns in order to enable reproducibility in other communities potentially benefiting from the same approach. Two possible reasons behind this are the difficulty to systematise data, expertise, community wisdom and existing scientific knowledge and to enable the epistemic conditions to make this happen. The design research community has for years been aware of how a new epistemology of design is needed, a new approach to design at a systemic scale that is able to hold together communities, territories and non-human life (towards a “pluriversal” dimension) and the systemic agentivity of infrastructures in which we interact with intelligent devices, through a decentralised and decolonised vision in both methods and technologies. While various models and methodological approaches have been conceptualised, I believe that the current difficulty in bringing them to the level of practice can partly rely on the lack of functioning tools. Various experiments with citizen science approaches and the harnessing of collective intelligence through digital technologies, together with the rapid progress made in the field of artificial intelligence, suggest that it is possible to combine these approaches in order to implement tools that can bridge this gap.

The presentation reports the advances of ongoing research based on the hypothesis that it is possible to bring out new types of insights, useful to design within systemic contexts, elaborating heterogeneous information and knowledge flows (scientific, indigenous, or coming from environmental data), through the joint work of the communities themselves with interactive infrastructures based on artificial intelligence models. Systemic Relational Insights are forms of information that emerge from a relational analysis between multiple points of view and perspectives on the problems of a territory, capable of linking the specificities of these relations at a local scale with patterns measured at a global scale.

Keywords: knowledge integration, artificial intelligence, citizen science, more-than-human design

Pre-proceedings drafts are available for RSD11 participants to review. The corresponding paper number is at the end of the title. The papers have been peer-reviewed, and the authors have made revisions. Following RSD11, authors will have a final period to revise their work from the feedback received at RSD before the proceedings are formally published.

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Author(s) (20XX). Article title. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSDX) Symposium.