From April 22-27, 2006, we gathered in cosmopolitan Montréal, Canada at the Palais des Congrès (Convention Center) in order that researchers and practitioners from all segments of the CHI community – design, education, engineering, management, research, and usability – can interact, inform and inspire each other. This one was unique because for the first time the international community discussed how humans interact with computers.
From panel organizer Johanna Brewer:
CHI 2006 Workshop: Sexual Interactions
Everyday interactions with technology – occurring in homes, streets and cars as much as at the office increasingly draw upon the social, emotional and physical. There is growing interest at CHI in moving beyond cognition to examine these aspects of the human-computer experience. Sex lies at the intersection of these concerns; it is an important part of our domestic, social and emotional lives and a topic of and means for communication. Yet we tend to desexualize technology, the practices around it, and the environments into which we deploy it.
Academic discourse about sexual behavior is commonplace in anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, and essentially every area of intellectual inquiry that purports to study people. We believe that understanding human computer sexual interactions can provide HCI researchers and practitioners with a deeper understanding of established research themes in the community. For instance, online pornographers were among the first to adopt online security technology that was later adopted by the general public. The ways in which domestic and health surveillance technologies impact and are impacted by everyday sexual practices can serve as a lens to better understand issues of privacy and disclosure.
HCI is also a design-oriented discipline, and to this end it is worth understanding how an examination of sex can inform design. We believe that the rich patterns of human sexual behaviors provide opportunities both as inspiration and object for design. We welcome discussion of specific designs that consider sex as well as discussion of broad implications for HCI.
Here is my paper published that year on Sexual Human Computer Interfaces in 2006 and our Future Responsibility in its Development.