helios. use cases

inspiration stories based on Design Fiction shaping the future use of social networks

design fiction

For developing a Human-Centered Design practice for the definition of Use Cases, different design mindsets such as Speculative, Critical and Fiction, mixed with perspectives from science, technology and post-human philosophy, were put together to materialise future scenarios, contexts, uses and functionalities.

During the first months of the project, the consortium worked on the definition of three Fiction Use Cases imaging the future use of social networks to specify requirements and technologies needed. The stories are being used for inspiration purposes and the validation apps that will be tested for demonstrating helios core and extension modules capabilities do not necessarily follow the scenarios presented below.

connecting people

Offers the opportunity to engage with new people, practice new activities or gain knowledge about certain topics. It is used by people with common interests such as business people, retirees, students, coworkers, single people, etc… In order to connect to other people, each user should activate a set of permissions to share personal data – depending on their interests – like age, gender, studies, real-time location or hobbies with other users. Once the software identifies a potential meaningful, safe and trustworthy connection, it displays an option for the connection that users can accept.

As an example we want to introduce you to Sasha, a 20 y/o Erasmus student who recently moved to Barcelona and she is looking to meet and connect with students from her class or with similar interests.

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cultural hub

A social network that links people based on attendance to cultural events. It matches people visiting cultural centers, such as museums, libraries or galleries, encouraging them to meet each other. It modifies the actual cultural experiences so they become shared spaces of communication and open source knowledge, and makes connections between users that last beyond the event.

In that way, libraries and museums become hubs for HELIOS to engage its matchmaking function. This would be triggered by site-specific beacons whenever users enter those spaces (when they cross a geo-fence). Also, users can agree to receive data and contextually based media about the exhibition or event, that provides an Augmented Reality, 3D and immersive experience of the place, and an interactive map of the city where HELIOS keeps feeding data about cultural places and events updates.

As an example, meet Anthony and Nate, a couple that met at college and want to know people with their same interests in a contextualised manner to share cultural experiences together while getting access to premium, site-specific content from cultural centers.

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citizen journalism

Allows users, both professional journalists and citizens, to contribute to the coverage and broadcasting of an event by publishing content and giving them access to collected information with a Trust and Quality score based on previous publications of the user in order to avoid low quality content and fake news. The HApp can be used as a media broadcasting hub, with “premium content” (pay-per-view), and can integrate a rewarding system for amateur and professional contributions. Part of the contextual network is already established from former editions of the same event, and within the network, users can chat, share content and make video-calls.

Let us introduce Erik, a 22y/o Communication student that uses the HApp to check quality news for his university projects, to comment on current events broadcasted by other people, and even to broadcasts the events he attends; Beth, a 40 y/o professional journalists working at the Madrid Benefit Marathon communication team and uses the HApp to upload the content she produces; and Carolina, a 30 y/o lawyer born in Madrid and currently living in Fribourg that wants to stay updated about the events happening in her hometown and follow them live.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement N° 825585