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Things That Make Us Smart : Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine

Things That Make Us Smart : Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0201626957

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ISBN13: 978-0201626957
ISBN10: 0201626950
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 93
Publisher: Perseus Press
Published: 1993
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Things That Make Us Smart : Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0201626957

Donald A. Norman

ISBN13: 978-0201626957
ISBN10: 0201626950
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 93
Publisher: Perseus Press

Published: 1993
International: No
Summary

In Things That Make Us Smart, Donald A. Norman explores the complex interaction between human thought and the technology it creates, arguing for the development of machines that fit our minds, rather than minds that must conform to the machine. Humans have always worked with objects to extend our cognitive powers, from counting on our fingers to designing massive supercomputers. But advanced technology does more than merely assist with thought and memory-the machines we create begin to shape how we think and, at times, even what we value. Norman, in exploring this complex relationship between humans and machines, gives us the first steps towards demanding a person-centered redesign of the machines that surround our lives.

Author Bio

Norman, Donald A. : University of California-San Diego

Donald A. Norman, founding Chair of the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego, is an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. He is the author of The Design of Everyday Things, and Turn Signals Are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles.

Table of Contents

A Human-Centered Technology
Experiencing the World
The Power of Representation
Fitting the Artifact to the Person
The Human Mind
Distributed Cognition
A Place for Everything, and Everything in Its Place
Predicting the Future
Soft and Hard Technology
Technology Is Not Neutral

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