I have long argued that we need to go slow with automation in the automobile. There were still too many unsolved problems. I have now changed my mind. Why? Because there are far more problems with the increasing number of distractions for drivers, too many new devices, too many new temptations. Imperfect driving is potentially more dangerous than imperfect automation. Add to this the other benefits to those today who are unable to drive: the elderly, the handicapped, and of course the blind. Automation versus distraction? I bet on automation, and the sooner the better.
Other Recent Essays
- UC San Diego Postdoc in Human-Centered Healthcare
- Positive computing: technology for wellbeing and human potential (Calvo & Peters)
- Why Procrastination Is Good
- The Human Side of Automation
- Why DesignX?
- DesignX: A Future Path for Design
The design of human-computer systems used to focus upon the negative, the breakdowns that confused and confounded people. Now it is time to move to the next level, to focus upon the positive, systems that are enjoyable and pleasurable. We need systems that delight as well as inform, systems that create pleasure along with useful function. We need systems that are resilient, that promote control, understanding, and sometimes just plain pleasure. The design field has responded by examining the role of emotions and pleasure in design. We need to move these findings into mainstream computing.
Recent recommended readings
- Turns Signals Are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles
- Things That Make Us Smart Available as eBook
- Scenarios of the future: Two histories of the 21st century
- FIRE: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation. (Dan Ward)
- The Simplicity Cycle (Dan Ward)
- The cult of the peacock (Brendan Vance)
Keynote Addresses and Schedule
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Examples of talks
- August 19-22, 2015. Education keynote. Industrial Design Society of America, Seattle, WA.
- September 1 - 3, 2015. Keynote. Relating Systems Thinking and Design 4 (RSD4) Conference. Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada
- October 10-11, 2015. DesignX Workshop. Tongji University. Shanghai.
- October 12-13, 2015. Emerging Practices conference. Tongji University, Shanghai, China
- October 15, 2015. Advisory Board, School of Design and Innovation, Tongji.