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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Making the Best of Computer Interactions

This article relates to what is called affective computing, which we tested at MIT in the 90s, The sensor array at the right is more appropriate for applications like flying a plane, rather than just updating a spreadsheet! Shows how are getting closer to brain interfaces.

" .... The idea -- to grossly over-simplify -- is that people have more than one kind of working memory, and more than one kind of attention; there are separate slots in the mind for things written, things heard and things seen. By monitoring how taxed those areas of the brain are, it should be possible to change a computer's display, to compensate. If a person's getting too much visual information, send him a text alert. If that person is reading too much at once, present some of the data visually -- in a chart or map ... "

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