An examination of the complex interaction between the human mind and the "tools for thought" it creates calls for the development of machines that fit that mind rather than ones to which humans must tailor their minds.
People propose, science studies, technology conforms
This is my favorite book. So, if you liked "The Psychology of Everyday Things (or the paperback version entitled "The Design of Everyday Things"), or "Turn Signals Are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles," then you should also like this one.
The theme of the book is that tehcnology can indeed enhance human intelligence, but only if it is properly built to fit human abilities and needs. Alas, all too often it isn't. All too often it is people who must conform to the technology. The proper way is, of course, for technology to conform to people.
I review everything from science museums (except for the San Francisco Exploratorium, I have a pretty low opinion of them) to voice-mail answering systems (ugh). With a sense of humour (well, you have to be the judge), and with the aim of providing constructive criticism.
I try to be a fan of technology: too bad the technologists get in the way.
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