Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Why Nobody Likes a Smart Machine - New York Times

A timely reality check -- read the full article and consider reading Norman's new book 

So the bad news is that despite two decades of lectures from Dr. Norman on the virtue of “user-centered” design and the danger of a disease called “featuritis,” people will still be cursing at their gifts this Christmas.

And the worse news is that the gadgets of Christmas future will be even harder to command, because we and our machines are about to go through a rocky transition as the machines get smarter and take over more tasks. As Dr. Norman says in his new book, “The Design of Future Things,” what we’ll have here is a failure to communicate.

Why Nobody Likes a Smart Machine - New York Times

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