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The smart city infrastructure will soon start to include smart agents, i.e., agentic things, which co-exist and  co-perform with human citizens. This near-future scenario explores the flexible types of collaborations  and relationships between the human and nonhuman citizens. Drawing on current technology forecasts  and AI/robotics literature, we created five fictional concepts for reflecting on themes we deem important  for such collaborations: responsibility, delegation, relationship, priority, and adaptation. The promises,  challenges and threats of these themes are discussed in this paper, together with the new questions that  were opened up through the use of design fiction as a method.Click here for the link to ACM digital library or website.

Maria Luce Lupetti

Dr. Maria Luce Lupetti