This Talk of the Nation segment focuses on innovation in human-computer interaction. Guests include the late Dr. Michael Dertouzos, a pioneer in the humanization of technology and former director of M.I.T.’s Laboratory for Computer Science.
Highlights include Dertouzos’ inspiring plans to free people from the slavery imposed by their own tools. He describes MIT’s Project Oxygen, a $50 million plan to make computers easier to use, and to transparently mold them into people’s living environments.
From National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday, July 7, 2000
Did you ever wish that your computer adapted to your needs, rather than the other way around? Did you ever think “these computers would be so much better if only…”? Did you ever wish that computer makers thought more about usability than about flashy technology? In this hour, we’ll look at efforts to improve the way people and computers interact.