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Eliza Vs R2-D2 – who’s the better robot therapist?

The tale of Eliza is a bit of a standard one in cognitive psychology lectures. Eliza is a text based programme that you can ‘talk’ to, and one which is modelled as a kind of therapist. An early example of … Continue reading

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Marvellous Capability: Mental health and ‘people dependent technology’.

This is a lovely page, from a book called ‘The Internet and Everyone’ by John Chris Jones, which I came across on the Brain Pickings site a few years ago. It rang true to me then, and even moreso now, … Continue reading

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Post-It Power: Low-tech approaches to user co-design (and why they’re more advanced than the ones we tend to use!)

When I first dabbled in “user led design”, working with experts in the fields of Human Computer Interaction and Design Science, one of the most striking things at first was how low-tech it all is. They used exciting words like … Continue reading

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Function over Form: What the technology of the past tells us about the future.

If it didn’t have ELECTRONIC COMPUTER blazoned across it, you’d be forgiven for not realising this was Norwich City Council’s first computer being delivered in 1957. No,it isn’t some kind of portable Large Hadron Collider. It’s not an Ikea-style build-your-own … Continue reading

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We Built This Twitter.

“We all invented the telephone…” wrote Karel Čapek. Turns out ‘we’ invented twitter as well. Good job everybody! Well, that’s according to this article at least, which describes how some of the core functions of twitter, in particular the ability … Continue reading

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Go Your Own Way: Desire Paths, Design and eHealth research

I love desire paths. I love the name. I love the idea that urban planners took the fact that people are basically a bit of a pain and don’t do what they’re told and instead of getting upset they actually … Continue reading

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We all invented the telephone: Bricolage and technology

I’m reading The Information by James Gleick at the moment. It’s fascinating, though not all easy going (though this might be my fault for always reading it before bed. Information theory, yes, super, zzz….) One piece, about telephones, has stuck … Continue reading

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