Human–Computer Interaction Series

Anthropology-Based Computing

Putting the Human in Human-Computer Interaction

Authors: Brown, John N.A.

  • Introduces Anthropology-Based Computing (ABC), a new model for natural human interaction with our tools, computers and our increasingly computerized environment
  • Provides straightforward, illustrated advice on how to apply human physiology and psychology to designing or modifying an interface or tool so that it can be truly human-centred
  • Contains practical tutorials aimed at making our computer devices less disruptive to our daily lives; like how to stop instant messages from distracting you while driving
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About this Textbook

We have always built tools to improve our productivity and help us lead better lives; however we find ourselves constantly battling against our new computerized tools, making us less productive and putting our health and our lives at risk. This book looks at Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from a truly human-centred perspective; focusing on human physiology and psychology rather than the motley series of brilliant innovations, glorified mistakes, and cross-generational habits that comprise the computer-centred HCI that we practice today.
This three-part guide argues that human interest and calm technology need to be at the heart of HCI. It begins by exposing the inherent dangers in past and present HCI. Using his past experiences within Anthropology, Linguistics, Education, Ergonomics, Human Factors, and Computer Science the author introduces and explores the theory of ‘Anthropology-Based Computing’ (ABC) as well as a new ideas like Dynamic Environmental Focus (DEF), a new model of General Human Interaction (GHI), and a new triune model of the brain: Brown’s Representation of Anthropogenic Interaction in Natural Settings (BRAINS). Detailed illustrations show how HCI can be improved by considering how human bodies and brains actually work. The final part is a series of simple illustrated experiments, each applying an aspect of ABC to improve the way our computers and computerized devices treat us.
Anthropology-Based Computing is written for those who work with computers, not just those who work on them. Students and researchers in Design and Psychology, and Computer Scientists as well, will benefit from seeing what is missing from the devices that are already in place, why that is, and how to make the practical changes that will immediately improve the physiological and psychological experience of using phones, on-board navigation systems, and the countless other computers we use at work and at home today and will continue to use in the future.





About the authors

John N. A. Brown is an inventor and researcher who has lived and lectured on four continents as a specialist in Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction. Dr Brown is trying to advance Weiser and Brown's concept of Calm Technology and hoping to bring a few new practices and a few new tools into common use, based on the concepts that a) the real world is much more complex than any computer or software ever invented, and b) it has taken us a very long time to evolve and adapt to the world in a way that allows us to be both effective and comfortable. In short, Mr. Brown proposes that it is time to start designing our most ubiquitous tools to better suit our natural human abilities and limitations and calls this approach Anthropology-Based Computing.






Reviews

“The book is a great resource to not only introduce the subject from a historical perspective, but also to expose readers to the subject supported by experience-based examples analogous to the HCI environment. … The abstract and summary in each chapter provide the desired focus and help the reader glean the most important information. … the book will generate interest from researchers pursuing HCI who are involved in experimentation.” (Harekrishna Misra, Computing Reviews, April, 2017)


Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Everything Is Awesome!

    Brown, John N. A.

    Pages 5-12

  • How Computing Became “Ubiquitous” and What That Means

    Brown, John N. A.

    Pages 13-22

  • Getting Excited About “Calm Technology”

    Brown, John N. A.

    Pages 23-34

  • The Evolution of Humans and Technology Part 1: Humans

    Brown, John N. A.

    Pages 35-48

  • The Evolution of Humans and Technology Part 2: Technology

    Brown, John N. A.

    Pages 49-60

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-24421-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-24419-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anthropology-Based Computing
Book Subtitle
Putting the Human in Human-Computer Interaction
Authors
Series Title
Human–Computer Interaction Series
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-24421-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-24421-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-24419-8
Series ISSN
1571-5035
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 243
Number of Illustrations and Tables
59 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
Topics