Unfinished Revolution CD: Making Computers Human-Centric

Unfinished Revolution CD: Making Computers Human-Centric

by Michael L. Dertouzos, Paul Hecht, Hecht Paul
     
 

Using a computer ought to be as easy and productive as driving your car. But today's systems are oblivious to our needs and demand ever more attention and work from us, as they swell in numbers, complexity and features. now Michael Dertouzos argues that we must shift the focus of information technology away from machines and back to people. In The UnfinishedSee more details below

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Using a computer ought to be as easy and productive as driving your car. But today's systems are oblivious to our needs and demand ever more attention and work from us, as they swell in numbers, complexity and features. now Michael Dertouzos argues that we must shift the focus of information technology away from machines and back to people. In The Unfinished Revolution, he not only outlines five key technologies that will help us do this, he also offers and exciting vision of how human-centric computers could dramatically alter the way we live and work in the Information Century.

About the Author:
For more than a quarter century, Michael Dertouzos has headed up the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, which has been associated with many of the most important developments in computing. Dertouzos is the author of the 1997 best-seller What Will Be: How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives. He lives in Weston, MA.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
In eight books, Dr. Michael L. Dertouzos—engineer, inventor, theoretician, and director of the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT—predicted the many ways the information revolution would affect human lives.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With wry humor and searing wit, the man Time magazine calls "MIT's #1 computer guru" disparages the high-tech devices (PCs, laptops, Web-friendly cell phones, hand-held digital organizersDwhat the author dismissively calls "weird animals") we've come to rely on so heavily but that often take forever to boot up, then crash and frustrate us to no end. (In a few years, he warns, there will be 10 times as many of these "creatures biting at" us.) Enough is enough, says Dertouzos (What Will Be). Instead, he envisions a time when we alternate ample leisure with intellectually stimulating work, seamlessly integrated by technology that spares us the inconveniences of modern life. The key, says Dertouzos, is "human-centric computing," technological devices that "talk with us, do things for us, get the information we want, help us work with other people, and adapt to our individual needs... [that] truly serve us, instead of the other way around." These are not generic recommendations; the book discusses both the existing technology and what is needed to bring it up to human-centric standards. It then offers a five-pronged approach that takes into account "both the human and computer sides of the relationship." A weakness in Dertouzo's argument, however, is the lack of discussion of competing design views or past failures in implementing these ideas. Human speech interaction, in particular, has been controversial since the 1960s and has occasioned many expensive flops; there is also a school of thought that early adopters have consistently preferred cutting-edge features to user-friendly ones. Still, the book is a readable and sensible application of design principles to computer technology, written at a level accessible to nonprofessionals. Agent, Ike Williams. (Jan. 31) Forecast: A well-known futurist and technology expert, Dertouzos will command significant attention on his 15-city tour to East and West Coast technology hot spots. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780694525041
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Edition description:
Abridged, 5 CDs
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
4.91(w) x 5.61(h) x 0.99(d)

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