Thursday, January 19, 2006

INTERACT2005 Special: Keep Designs open for Human Ingenuity

The importance of human intervention to prevent over automation...

"Trust and Incidental Interaction: Would you let a Talking Paper Clip run YOUR Home?" at the INTERACT 2005 conference, held in Rome towards the end of last year, featured - among others - Albrecht Schmidt of the University of Munich's Embedded Interaction Research Group explaining his answer to the panel question. It may be helpful to refer back to the first article in this series When Interactions happen without You for background.

Yes, said Schmidt, presenting "I think I let the paper clip run my home... but first I need to know how to cheat on it". His argument was it is fine for software to go on in the background as long as people know what it is capable of and how to override it.

He pointed out that the system acquires implicit inputs from the user and may then present implicit output to the user. Implicit input are actions and behaviour of humans, done to achieve a goal and are not primarily regarded as interaction with a computer, but are captured, recognized and interpret by a computer system as input. Implicit output is that which is not directly related to an explicit input and which is seamlessly integrated with the environment and the task of the user."   continued ...   (Via Usability News)

How much automation would you allow him? - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

How much automation would you allow him?


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