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Can humans think? The Ergonomics Society Lecture 1991.

Authors
  • Thimbleby, H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ergonomics
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1991
Volume
34
Issue
10
Pages
1269–1287
Identifiers
PMID: 1743174
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

For many years, computer scientists have been concerned with whether computers can think. Considerable thought, therefore, goes into designing 'thinking' computer systems and into wondering whether they really can think, or just pretend to. On the other hand, it is 'obvious' that humans can think, and therefore little thought has gone into the related question, 'Can humans think?' This paper explores the ergonomic implications of the affirmative answer. Computers get better treatment than humans, yet humans are more than machines. However, not only do designers seem to forget this, but they do not even treat users with the same respect as they would a machine.

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