Science Friday: The Future of Computing

August 4th, 2002

gramophoneHuman Computer Interaction audio:
totn_future_of_computing.mp3 – 47 minutes, 11 Mb
Streaming RealAudio version here.

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

NPR description:

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.


  • David Gelernter Author, Machine Beauty: Elegance and the Heart of Technology (Basic Books, 1999 – re-released) Professor of Computer Science Yale University New Haven, Connecticut
  • Michael Dertouzos Author, What Will Be : How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives (Harperbusiness, 1998) Director, Laboratory for Computer Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • One Response to “Science Friday: The Future of Computing”

    1. comment number 1 by: sean

      Dammit Dav, if you’re going to plagiarize a tired old Subgenius screed, at least give credit to the Church and not to me…