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Shneiderman tape will be available to UPA chapters

 

Shneiderman tape will be available to UPA chapters

By: Richard Bellaver

Ben Shneiderman, one of the nation’s foremost experts on human-computer interaction and author of “Leonardo’s Laptop,” (MIT Press) spoke in Indianapolis, Indiana to launch a Usability Professionals’ Association meeting for companies interested in solving complex product design issues.

The talk has been reduced to a 30-minute video. With Ben’s approval, UPA Professional Development is making the tape available to all chapters for their use at meetings (not to be reproduced.) The tapes will be available by September 1, 2003. The cost is $15, which includes shipping & handling. If chapter organizations want a copy of the tape (state VHS or PAL format) send a check to the UPA Management Office, Attention of Allen Mayse. Indicate you want the Shneiderman tape, list your return address, and chapter affiliation.

About "Leonardo's Laptop"

Leonardo's humble start –

“Uniquely, he was able to see science from the perspective of an artist, to visualize art with the mindset of a scientist; and architecture with the mindset of the artist-scientist. If there is one simple defining skill that distinguishes Leonardo, it is this most useful of talents.”
- Michael White, The Leonardo

Starting from this premise, Ben Shneiderman's book dramatically raises computer users' expectations of what they should get from technology. He opens their eyes to new possibilities and invites them to think freshly about future technology. He also challenges hardware and software developers to build products that better support human needs and that are usable at any bandwidth. Shneiderman proposes Leonardo da Vinci as an inspirational muse for the "new computing" and invites us to wonder how Leonardo would use a laptop and what applications he would create. Shneiderman shifts the focus from what computers can do to what users can do. A key transformation is to what he calls "universal usability," enabling participation by young and old, novice and expert, able and disabled. This transformation would empower those yearning for literacy or coping with their limitations. Shneiderman proposes new computing applications in education, medicine, business, and government. He envisions a World Wide Med that delivers secure patient histories in local languages at any emergency room and thriving million-person communities for e-commerce and e-government. Raising larger questions about human relationships and society, he explores the computer's potential to support creativity, consensus-seeking, and conflict resolution. Each chapter ends with a Skeptic's Corner that challenges assumptions about trust, privacy, and digital divides.

About Ben Shneiderman

Shneiderman, the guest of the Center for Media Design at Ball State University, is a professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and founder of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, has been at the center of the digital revolution for the past 30 years. Shneiderman has also served as a consultant to Apple, AT&T, Citicorp, GE, Honeywell, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NASA and the Library of Congress. He is currently part of a research team working on a federally funded project to make government statistics published on the Internet more understandable and accessible for the public.

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