Empathy: Its Proximate and Ultimate Bases in Advancing Technology

Hsueh Fang Wang, Shyh-Nan Liou

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Abstract

Empathy is ubiquitous in the design process of advancing technology, which is aimed for the benefit of humanity. Proximately, empathy of engineers arises after perceiving and then understanding the context of their users. Empathy is necessary during prototyping, the user feedback generating process, as empathy affects communication quality between the two parties. On the ultimate base, the usability of empathic design shapes the better user experience. Many studies have indicated the importance of empathy, especially and mostly in the beginning of designing a product for divergent thinking. In our study, we argue that empathy should be practiced in every step of the creative design thinking process, the Double Diamond Model, for different purposes. As a result, we propose the Guideline L.O.V.E. for empathy for engineers to follow up while they are engaging in the design thinking process. Four letters, L.O.V.E., respectively stand for listening, observing, valuing and engaging. In every phase of the Double Diamond Model, the four keys can be examined and there is no conflict. We believe that only when engineers increase and practice empathy do their products empathically benefit their users.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 International Conference on Orange Technologies, ICOT 2018
EditorsAbba Suganda Girsang, Emil R. Kaburuan
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538673195
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 2
Event6th International Conference on Orange Technologies, ICOT 2018 - Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 2018 Oct 232018 Oct 26

Publication series

Name2018 International Conference on Orange Technologies, ICOT 2018

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Orange Technologies, ICOT 2018
CountryIndonesia
CityBali
Period18-10-2318-10-26

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Wang, H. F., & Liou, S-N. (2018). Empathy: Its Proximate and Ultimate Bases in Advancing Technology. In A. S. Girsang, & E. R. Kaburuan (Eds.), 2018 International Conference on Orange Technologies, ICOT 2018 [8705889] (2018 International Conference on Orange Technologies, ICOT 2018). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICOT.2018.8705889