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Anthropology-Based Computing

Putting the Human in Human-Computer Interaction

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Anthropology-Based Computing by John N. A. Brown
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We have always built tools to improve our productivity and help us lead better lives; however we find ourselves constantly battling against our new computerized tools, making us less productive and putting our health and our lives at risk. This book looks at Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from a truly human-centred perspective; focusing on human physiology and psychology rather than the motley series of brilliant innovations, glorified mistakes, and cross-generational habits that comprise the computer-centred HCI that we practice today. This three-part guide argues that human interest and calm technology need to be at the heart of HCI. It begins by exposing the inherent dangers in past and present HCI. Using his past experiences within Anthropology, Linguistics, Education, Ergonomics, Human Factors, and Computer Science the author introduces and explores the theory of `Anthropology-Based Computing' (ABC) as well as a new ideas like Dynamic Environmental Focus (DEF), a new model of General Human Interaction (GHI), and a new triune model of the brain: Brown's Representation of Anthropogenic Interaction in Natural Settings (BRAINS). Detailed illustrations show how HCI can be improved by considering how human bodies and brains actually work. The final part is a series of simple illustrated experiments, each applying an aspect of ABC to improve the way our computers and computerized devices treat us. Anthropology-Based Computing is written for those who work with computers, not just those who work on them. Students and researchers in Design and Psychology, and Computer Scientists as well, will benefit from seeing what is missing from the devices that are already in place, why that is, and how to make the practical changes that will immediately improve the physiological and psychological experience of using phones, on-board navigation systems, and the countless other computers we use at work and at home today and will continue to use in the future.

Author Biography

John N. A. Brown is an inventor and researcher who has lived and lectured on four continents as a specialist in Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction. Dr Brown is trying to advance Weiser and Brown's concept of Calm Technology and hoping to bring a few new practices and a few new tools into common use, based on the concepts that a) the real world is much more complex than any computer or software ever invented, and b) it has taken us a very long time to evolve and adapt to the world in a way that allows us to be both effective and comfortable. In short, Mr. Brown proposes that it is time to start designing our most ubiquitous tools to better suit our natural human abilities and limitations and calls this approach Anthropology-Based Computing.
Release date NZ
April 19th, 2018
Country of Publication
Switzerland
Edition
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016
Illustrations
96 Tables, color; 2 Tables, black and white; 35 Illustrations, color; 59 Illustrations, black and white; XXVII, 243 p. 94 illus., 35 illus. in color.
Imprint
Springer International Publishing AG
Pages
243
Dimensions
156x234x14
ISBN-13
9783319796246
Product ID
27868594

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