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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

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

ISBN13: 9780201626957

ISBN10: 0201626950

Things That Make Us Smart : Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine by Donald A. Norman - ISBN 9780201626957
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 93
Copyright: 1993
Publisher: Perseus Press
Published: 1993
International: No
Things That Make Us Smart : Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine by Donald A. Norman - ISBN 9780201626957

ISBN13: 9780201626957

ISBN10: 0201626950

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 93

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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

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