ISBN13:978-0201626957 ISBN10: 0201626950 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0201581294 ISBN10: 0201581299
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.
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. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:93 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Perseus Press Year Published: 1993 International: No
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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.
"Hilarious and harrowing."
--The New York Times
"Norman knows what he's talking about, And Things That Make Us Smart offers some gratifying low blows at high technology and some hope that things could get better."
--San Diego Union Tribune
"This book gives us the first, most important weapon citizens are going to need in the long battle ahead to reclaim control of the world from our technologies-an understanding of how humans and technologies interact at the cognitive level."
--Howard Rheingold, author of The Virtual Community
Perseus Books Group Web Site, March, 2000
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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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