Fault Is Not In The Technology, But In Ourselves
from the Zen-Computer dept
It seems like every so often, a columnist has to write about technology and spits out a ‘top ten’ list. Probably one of the most overdone topics for technology articles has to be a list of the ‘top ten things people dislike about computers/software/etc’ which can usually be reduced to the statement: it’s frustrating when technology doesn’t work the way people want it to. But apparently people are more forgiving to apologetic computers, so without changing what computers actual do, simply re-wording error messages might ameliorate the situation. However, the problem still exists, and the issue is that humans are the ones who build and design these systems, disregard owner’s manuals, and write cryptic manuals in the first place. So before computers start designing other computers, just pretend your laptop apologized to you, read the manuals, and make up top ten lists to vent your frustrations.
Comments on “Fault Is Not In The Technology, But In Ourselves”
Computers are growing up in more than one sense, and it includes the adolescent attitudes towards ethics prevalent in the profession.
I’m taking a really exciting (not!) online ethics course right now for medical research, and it is a vast ocean of knowledge, like becoming a unix administrator.