MOCHI Reading Group:
When: 6:30pm Wednesday, September 14th
Where: Ehrlicher Room, 411 West Hall on University of Michigan's main campus
Peril Sensitive Sunglasses
How does the design of computer systems affect how we engage with the world?
"Peril Sensitive Sunglasses : Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive
Sunglasses have been specially designed to help people develop a relaxed
attitude to danger. At the first hint of trouble, they turn totally black and
thus prevent you from seeing anything that might alarm you. A double-pair is
frequently worn by Zaphod Beeblebrox."
- From Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
For the next MOCHI reading group we will discuss implications of the changing
role of computers (from calculators with internally consistent worlds to
connections to complex external data spaces and physical environments) on the
design and use of computing systems. In particular we discuss what happens when
computing systems are used to explain the world to us or act in the world for
us. Instead of reading a single book, we will read a variety of articles that
approach the topic from different directions. Feel free to read as many or as
few as you like. Or read something else and tell us about it. (If you email us
a link we?d be happy to distribute it to respondents)
Added by emv on August 31, 2005