By Thomas Erickson, David W. McDonald

Over nearly 3 a long time, the sphere of human-computer interplay (HCI) has produced a wealthy and sundry literature. even though the focal point of recognition at the present time is of course on new paintings, older contributions that performed a task in shaping the trajectory and personality of the sphere have a lot to inform us. The members to HCI Remixed have been requested to mirror on a unmarried paintings no less than ten years outdated that encouraged their method of HCI. the result's this number of fifty-one brief, attractive, and idiosyncratic essays, reflections on more than a few works in quite a few kinds that chart the emergence of a brand new box. a piece of writing, a demo, a e-book: any of those can resolve an issue, reveal the usefulness of a brand new technique, or urged a shift in viewpoint. HCI Remixed bargains us glimpses of ways this comes approximately. The participants think about such HCI classics as Sutherland's Sketchpad, Englebart's demo of NLS, and Fitts on Fitts' Law—and such forgotten gemstones as Pulfer's NRC track computer, and Galloway and Rabinowitz's gap in house. Others ponder works someplace in among vintage and forgotten—Kidd's ''The Marks Are at the wisdom Worker,'' King Beach's ''Becoming a Bartender,'' and others. a few individuals flip to works in neighboring disciplines—Henry Dreyfuss's ebook on commercial layout, for example—and a few variety farther afield, to Lovelock's Gaia speculation and Jane Jacobs's The loss of life and lifetime of nice American towns. Taken jointly, the essays supply an available, full of life, and fascinating advent to HCI study that displays the range of the field's beginnings.

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He also came under the influence of radical new ideas in cybernetics, information theory, and neuroscience that were being developed by amazing MIT mathematicians, scientists, and engineers. At Bolt Beranek and Newman Corporation he consulted on military, scientific, and engineering challenges such as command and control. In doing science, he was both experimenter and model builder, using analog computers and, by the 1950s, digital computers to analyze data and build models. Today he would be described as a hacker,3 as he spent long hours working directly with early machines.

Imagine that we were transported back to 1968, and held a press conference to explain to people the technologies that had developed by 2006 and what we were using them for. People would likely think we were kooks. That was exactly the situation Douglas Engelbart was in. His Big Idea gave him a new perspective on the world, took him radically different directions from his peers, and in doing so, made him a time traveler, a Silicon Valley Yankee in a 1968 King Arthur’s Court. If, as Arthur C. Clarke says, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” then it must also be said that any sufficiently advanced vision is indistinguishable from madness.

Nelson got much of his scholarship right: he points to many of the early HCI researchers and influences in the text. People we now recognize as seminal in their work—Licklider, Engelbart, Evans and Sutherland, Baecker—they’re all captured in the book. Long before HCI was popular and recognized, they’re wrapped in glowing praise with the confident assertion that this is going to be the work that will set computing on the true and proper path to intellect augmentation. Many of the components of HCI are here as well: computer graphics, information architectures, augmented reality, volumetric displays, input devices, simulation environments, information retrieval, computer-aided design, text-to-speech, voice recognition, brain–computer interfaces, to name just a few.

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