Deep Digitality

Alan Dix

Computational Foundry, Swansea University, Wales

Keynote at the Irish HCI Conference, iHCI 2018, Limerick, 2nd November 2018


see also: deep digitality micro-site


We constantly hear about disruptive technology, but how radical is the change due to digital technology?

In the hills and mountains of the South Wales coal valleys, rivers radiate out and then south toward the sea.  This seems reasonable until you learn that the geology beneath is a syncline a basin-shaped structure of rock strata.  The current rivers form a superimposed drainage pattern, the routes the rivers ran before the geology changed.  As the ground rose and sank below, the rivers maintained their old courses, a relic of a one hundred million year past.

In reality digital technology is often like this, largely reinforcing the existing structures of power and organisation in government, commerce and health.  The digital geology is changing beneath our feet and yet digital technology cuts the same paths.

Can we reimagine industry and civic society if digital technology had come first, before the industrial revolution and maybe even before the rise of the mercantile class?

Keywords: digital economy, digital commerce, industry 4.0, digital fabrication, disruptive technology, eGovernment, eHealth


Deep Digitality – iHCI 2018 from Alan Dix


Resources and References

Future of HCI

Various papers and chapters looking at the future of human–computer interaction.

A. Dix and S. Gill (2018) Physical Computing: when digital systems meet the real world. Chapter 8 in New Directions in Third Wave Human-Computer Interaction, Volume 1. M. Filimowicz and V. Tzankova (eds.). Springer. pp:123–144. Springer link

Alan Dix, Benjamin Weyers, Judy Bowen and Philippe Palanque (2017). Trends and Gaps. Chapter 3 in The Handbook of Formal Methods in Human-Computer Interaction, Springer, pp.65–88 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-51838-1_3

A. Dix. (2016). Human Computer Interaction, foundations and new paradigmsJournal of Visual Languages and Computing, special issue in Honour of Stefano Levialdi. 42:122-134. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvlc.2016.04.001 – abstract and draft paper/

A. Dix (2010) Human-Computer Interaction: a stable discipline, a nascent science, and the growth of the long tail. Interacting with Computers, 22(1) pp. 13-27.doi: 10.1016/j.intcom.2009.11.007 (based on SIGCHI Ireland Inaugural Lecture, Trinity College Dublin, 2nd December 2008)
abstract and draft paper


Deep Digitality

The informational role of money and diversity density:

A. Dix (2001). Cyber-economies and the Real World. SAICSIT'2001 - South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists Annual Conference. Pretoria, 25-28 September 2001. Unisa Press, Pretoria. pp. xi-xiii  abstract and links

A. Dix, S. Subramanian (2010). IT for Sustainable GrowthJournal of Technology Management for Growing Economies. 1(1), pp. 35-54. abstract and links

A. Dix (2019). Deep Digitality, abracadabra column, Interactions, due to be published January 2019.





















Alan Dix 8/10/2018