Designing for Human Values in the Digital Age

Abi Sellen

(Microsoft Research)

What do we want from technology in the 21st century? What is the vision that we want to buy into and aspire to as we move forward? In this talk I will compare and contrast some of those visions, setting out the direction in which I believe Human-Computer Interaction should take us. I will start with Mark Weiser's notion of "calm computing" (where computers are everywhere and yet nowhere) and set this against the proposition that we must engage with computers and express ourselves through them. I will also contrast the idea of "intelligent environments" (where computers act on our behalf), with the idea that technology should act to augment and enrich human action and intelligence. Using examples from our group's work, I will go on to show how we must put human values front and centre as we design and develop technology in order to fully explore the enormous potential of computing in the Digital Age.


Tuesday 13th November 2007, 14:00
Robert Recorde Room
Department of Computer Science