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subjectHuman Computer Interaction
authorDaniel Reed

Star Trek@50: Inspiring Discovery and Innovation
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Star [email protected]: Inspiring Discovery and Innovation

Star Trek has inspired generations to pursue science and technology careers, not a few of whom have transformed part of it into technological and commercial fact...

Through A Google Glass, Darkly
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Through A Google Glass, Darkly

I have been wearing Google Glass as both a technical assessment of utility and as a social study in human dynamics and expectations.

Deferred Maintenance on the Future
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Deferred Maintenance on the Future

Over-worked and sleep-deprived drivers are steering many of our vehicles of discovery on balding tires across potholed roads. Stripping away the metaphor, we are...

Simplifying Communication
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Simplifying Communication

How often have you picked up a scholarly journal in a discipline far removed from your expertise, only to be stymied and mystified by the disciplinary jargon?  We...

Why We Compute
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Why We Compute

Why do we, as researchers and practitioners, have this deep and abiding love of computing? Why do we compute? I suspect it is a deeper, more primal yearning, one...

Information Privacy: Changing Norms and Expectations
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Information Privacy: Changing Norms and Expectations

That picture of you at a family reunion, squinting into the sun, can rarely be delimited by a physical location once it is placed on the web. Instead, information...

Intellectual Amplification via Computing
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Intellectual Amplification via Computing

As the recent performance of IBM's Watson system on the game show Jeopardy! illustrated, the combination of large-scale data, rich algorithm suites and powerful...

HPC and the Excluded Middle
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HPC and the Excluded Middle

Betwixt and between ubiquitous consumer software and the ethereal realm of ultra-high-performance computing, lies the excluded middle, the world of day-to-day computational...

Remembering Internet Dogs
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Remembering Internet Dogs

An iconic cartoon by Peter Steiner, which appeared in The New Yorker in 1993, captured the nature of the nascent Internet. It shows a dog seated at a computer,...

Consumerization of IT and Research
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Consumerization of IT and Research

When a corporate, government, or university IT department of the 1970s debated an upgrade to its IBM S/370 mainframes, it is doubtful that the IT director was in...

Paucity to Plethora: Jevons Paradox
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Paucity to Plethora: Jevons Paradox

I suspect much of computing is still socially conditioned by its roots in computational paucity to recognize fully the true opportunity afforded by computational...

The Ghosts of Holiday Shopping: Past, Present and Future
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The Ghosts of Holiday Shopping: Past, Present and Future

In many parts of the western world, the frenzy of holiday shopping has reached its crescendo.  With apologies to Charles Dickens, it is instructive to consider...
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