Human-Tech: Ethical and Scientific Foundations

Hardcover | October 14, 2010

byKim J. VicenteEditorAlex Kirlik

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In The Human Factor, Kim Vicente coined the term 'Human-tech' to describe a more encompassing and ambitious approach to the study of Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) than is now evident in any of its participating disciplines, such as human factors, human-computer interaction, cognitivescience and engineering, industrial design, informatics or applied psychology. Observing that the way forward is 'not by widgets alone,' Vicente's Human-tech approach addresses every level - physical, psychological, team, organizational, and political - at which technology impacts quality of life,identifies a human or societal need, and then tailors technology to what we know about human nature at that level. The Human Factor was written for a broad audience, in part to educate general readers beyond the HTI community about the need to think seriously about the tremendous impact that poorlydesigned technology can have, ranging from user frustration to the tragic loss of human life. The articles collected in this book provide much of the technical material behind the work that was presented in The Human Factor, and the commentaries by Alex Kirlik situate these articles in their broaderhistorical, scientific and ethical context. This collection of articles and commentaries forms a set of recommendations for how HTI research ought to broaden both its perspective and its practical, even ethical, aspirations to meet the increasingly complicated challenges of designing technology tosupport human work, to improve quality of life, and to design the way will live with technology. As the first book both to integrate the theory and research underlying Human-tech, and to clearly delineate the scientific challenges and ethical responsibilities that await those who either designtechnology for human use, or design technology that influences or even structures the working or daily lives of others, Human-tech: Ethical and Scientific Foundations will appeal to the broad range of students and scholars in all of the HTI disciplines.

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In The Human Factor, Kim Vicente coined the term 'Human-tech' to describe a more encompassing and ambitious approach to the study of Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) than is now evident in any of its participating disciplines, such as human factors, human-computer interaction, cognitivescience and engineering, industrial design, info...

Kim J. Vicente is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is author of Cognitive Work Analysis: Toward Safe, Productive, and Healthy Computer-Based Work, and The Human Factor: Revolutionizing the Way We Live with Technology. Alex Kirlik is Profess...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 14, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Kim J. Vicente: PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Alex Kirlik: Introduction2. Alex Kirlik: The Origins of Human-tech3. Alex Kirlik: A Human-tech Research Agenda and ApproachKim J. Vicente: Reprint: Toward Jeffersonian research programs in ergonomics science4. Alex Kirlik: Inventing Possibilities: Understanding Work Systems and TasksKim J. Vicente: Reprint: A theoretical note on the relationship between work domain analysis and task analysis5. Alex Kirlik: Psychological Distance: Manipulating an Interface versus Controlling a SystemKim J. Vicente: Reprint: Toward theory-driven, quantitative performance measurement in ergonomics science: The abstraction hierarchy as a framework for data analysis6. Alex Kirlik: Statistics for Human-tech ResearchKim J. Vicente: Reprint: The Earth is spherical (p 0.05): Alternative methods of statistical inference7. Alex Kirlik: Constructing the Subject: Cognitive ModelingKim J. Vicente: Reprint: Operator modeling in a complex, dynamic work environment: a qualitative cognitive model based on field observation8. Alex Kirlik: Sociotechnical Systems, Risk and ErrorKim J. Vicente: Reprint: The Walkerton E. coli outbreak: a test of Rasmussen's framework for risk management in a dynamic society9. Alex Kirlik: Nested Systems: Economic, Cultural and Political DimensionsKim J. Vicente: Reprint: Human factors engineering that makes a difference: Leveraging a science of societal changeAuthor IndexSubject Index