- Taschenbuch: 207 Seiten
- Verlag: Addison Wesley Pub Co Inc; Auflage: Reissue (Mai 1995)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0201112973
- ISBN-13: 978-0201112979
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,7 x 1,5 x 23,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 229.423 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Mai 1995
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This volume is a theoretical and practical approach to the design of computer technology.
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I am a little surprised not to find a review here that shows awareness of what this book is and was intended to do -- to turn those concerned with the design of the role of computers in society into a new direction. The book offers a fundamental enrichment and extension to the traditional engineering-based foundations that are used for designing computer systems that is drawn from philosophy and biology. It opens the development of a rigorous new design milleau to the reader. This is NOT yet another multi-disciplinary rumination.
I would say this is not a "helpful" book, and it was never intended as an easy read. It is a book to turn to when one has learned enough about what is really at issue in putting computers to work in human life to discover that the likes of input, process, output, "friendly" interfaces, attractive graphical presentations, and logical flow charts are vastly insufficient distinctions for doing work that really makes a contribution to your clients and colleagues. The book challenges the reader strongly, and is not simple to read. I guess that the best way to read it is with someone else, having discussions as you go along.
This is a book to engage and grow with -- a must-read for those serious about designing and building systems that will affect the lives of those who engage with them.
1. It opened my eyes to the limitations of the then-current approaches being attempted to recreate (via computer) human intelligence and/or human speech understanding and production. The approaches dominant at the time were logic-based algorithms based on frames, and neural-inspired algorithms.
2. It opened my eyes to the notion that recreating human intelligence or human language via computer was NOT nearly as important as many of us thought it was. Rather, more important was (and is) to understand human-computer interaction and provide machines that complement and extend our skills and strengths (which I now view as an extension of the thinking of Douglas Englebart). And....
3. Communication and meaning are necessarily embedded in our physical being and our physical situation.
As I recall, the authors drew from a variety of thinkers and disciplines. Frankly, I have a hard time remembering right now to what extents my insights were due to Winograd/Flores work versus how they may have simply altered my direction of exploration (e.g. to study George Lakoff's work on the remarkable role of metaphor in language).
This is the first time I've ever written a book review on Amazon that is essentially a description of the book's impact on my life and thinking rather than the book itself. I don't remember the details of the book! But I clearly remember that it changed my life.
I am thrilled to read in the other comments that Byte Magazine recognized the landmark contribution of this effort.
My hearty - and belated - thanks to the authors.
ps: Why am I writing this review now? This afternoon I stumbled into an old textbook from the mid-1980's on computerizing natural language, and it got me thinking.....