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I've only been awake for a few minutes and already I'm fluimmoxed. "The whole idea of using an athropomorphic user interface to the computer is considered to be one of the biggest obstacles in computing." which I took from greyyguy's journal.

I thought like... high computational speeds with more stable hardware and less heat bleed off was pretty high on the list, myself.
hehe .
To think that the thing that bothers a lot of people is the fact that computers don't have faces....


Apr. 24th, 2002 09:08 am (UTC)
I dunno... it's a machine. I don't want a machine to have a face. Faces imply personalities, lives.

and yes, it still seems silly to me that we're attempting to make computers more "human" like.
What's next? trying to build a desktop PC that passes the Turing test?

I think that making computers more human like in an attempt to make them more user friendly is just... wasted effort. *simplicity* makes things easy to use, not something as complex as a human physiology.

I dunno.. hehe... it just struck me as we-are-geeks-with-too-much-time-and-too-many-grants...

Apr. 24th, 2002 09:19 am (UTC)
I agree that simplicity is better in machines for the most part. But in this direction, I'm thinking of people that just can't (or won't) learn how to use a computer. The same people that have 12:00 flashing on their VCRs. I don't think that computers need to pass the turing test to be easier to use, but I think they do need to be friendlier to people.

And while it is complex on the technical side, what could be simpler to use then looking at a face and talking to it?

And part of being a geek is doing things that look useless yet still have that "wow" factor to it :)
Apr. 24th, 2002 10:19 am (UTC)
I think that making machines "friendly" at all is the wrong tact to take.

I think we just have fundamental differences in the ways we view technology.

I know all I will ever want to know about geekhood.
Think I'll go find some luddites to chill with for awhile so I can appreciate the techy world again.


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