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Future Interaction Design Hardcover – 4 Jan 2005
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The perspectives and techniques used in human-computer interaction design, practice and research are broadening. This book looks at emerging approaches which are likely to contribute to the discipline in near future. The emphasis is on the social, cognitive, emotional, creative and active dimensions of the human actor. The underlying idea is that human character rather than technology should determine the nature of interaction. The concept of "interaction design" covers this broader range of concerns relevant to enabling quality design. Each chapter emphasizes alternative perspectives on interaction and new concepts to help researchers and practitioners relate to alternative design approaches and opportunities. Many of these new elements can be found to be successful and established in other fields, such as information systems development and industrial design. This volume will be of considerable value to those seeking innovative and developing perspectives upon both designing and ensuring effective interaction between humans and technology.
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Our current interaction modes may one day be regarded as hopelessly primitive and awkward. Technology constrains us to, most commonly, a keyboard and mouse. Speech recognition is steadily improving, but is not quite as robust as it should be.
The book speculates that maybe we might interact with a computer that assumes a "persona" or character. A radical departure from what we do at present. But much has to happen. At the very least, heavy improvements in artificial intelligence are needed to buttress that character, so that it can interact meaningfully with us.