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On Being Human in a Digital Age

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Reconstruction of Bill Buxton's closing keynote at CHI 2008 in Florence. More notes and links at http://www.mprove.de/events/08/chi/buxton.html

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On Being Human in a Digital Age

  1. 1. On Being Human in a digital age Matthias Müller-Prove User Experience Architect Sun Microsystems Reconstruction of Bill Buxton’s Keynote, CHI 2008
  2. 2. Benvenuto Cellini *1500 †1571: Saliera ca. 1541 http://www.finearttouch.com/The_Mannerist_Art_of_Benvenuto_Cellini,.html
  3. 3. Benvenuto Cellini: Perseus mit Kopf der Medusa (1545-54) http://flickr.com/photos/7634495@N02/541067538/
  4. 4. Benvenuto Cellini: Perseus mit Kopf Michelangelo Buonarroti: der Medusa (1545-54) David (1501-1504) http://flickr.com/photos/7634495@N02/541067538/ http://www.myclassiclyrics.com/artist_biographies/Michelangelo_biography.htm
  5. 5. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart *1756 †1791 http://www.billbuxton.com/leopold.pdf http://flickr.com/photos/kmakice/2412734628/
  6. 6. Bill Buxton – early 1970s, with workstation à la Engelbart.
  7. 7. State-of-the-art of the science vs. State-of-the-science of the art
  8. 8. Kranzberg’s First Law: Technology is not good, technology is not bad, but nor is it neutral. Kranzberg’s Second Law: Invention is the mother of necessity.
  9. 9. Walter Dorwin Teague, Beau Brownie Camera, Eastman Kodak, 1930 http://www.browniecamera.nl/walter_dorwin_teague.htm
  10. 10. Walter Dorwin Teague, Beau Brownie Camera, Eastman Kodak, 1930 http://www.browniecamera.nl/walter_dorwin_teague.htm, http://www.pbase.com/ralph46/image/53985211
  11. 11. Walter Dorwin Teague, Beau Brownie Camera, Eastman Kodak, 1930 Jonathan Ive, iPod Mini, Apple Computer, 2004 http://www.browniecamera.nl/walter_dorwin_teague.htm, http://www.pbase.com/ralph46/image/53985211 http://west.sytes.net/archives/mac_mac/
  12. 12. It’s the long nose of innovation, not the long tail. When you have a problem and a design challenge there is a repertoire to draw from. – Bill Buxton http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/jan2008/id2008012_297369.htm
  13. 13. Apple Newton MessagePad, 1993 Simon SmartPhone, IBM & Bell South, 1993 http://www.stateoftheark.co.nz/apple/newton120.html, http://www.gadgetsarabia.com/2007/09/22/cell-phone-history/
  14. 14. Apple Newton MessagePad, 1993 Simon SmartPhone, IBM & Bell South, 1993 Jonathan Ive, iPhone, Apple Computer, 2007 http://www.stateoftheark.co.nz/apple/newton120.html, http://www.gadgetsarabia.com/2007/09/22/cell-phone-history/ http://www.movilae.com/2007/01/11/iphone-sera-3g
  15. 15. “The only true voyage of discovery is not to go to new places, but to have other eyes.” – Marcel Proust Basically, you don’t transform things by doing them from scratch, but by seeing them through different eyes.
  16. 16. You cannot write about art without knowing history deeply. Why is this not more true for technology? – Bill Buxton
  17. 17. “I am complaining on the level of informed discussion. Write more articles and papers!”
  18. 18. Cultural change is possible. Just consider the anti-smoking campaign…
  19. 19. … the explorer is actually one who “seeks discoveries,” He is not simply and solely the “discoverer.” Instead the accent is upon the process and activity, with advances in knowledge simply fortunate through expected incidents along the way. It is likewise not casual. It is purposeful. – Goetzmann (1966), p. xi
  20. 20. The opposite of work is not unemployment …it’s passion.
  21. 21. Design If you consider the ethics, you can still do great business. Get rid of the idea that business, technology, ethics, and design are opposed to each other.
  22. 22. On Being Human in a digital age Matthias Müller-Prove User Experience Architect Sun Microsystems www.mprove.de/events/08/chi/buxton.html

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