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Get Smart: Rethinking Automation

Monday, November 24, 2014

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"Working by hand, psychological studies have found, is better for unlocking designers' originality, expands their working memory, and strengthens their tactile sense.  A sketchpad is an 'intelligence amplifier,' says Nigel Cross, a design professor at the Open University in the U.K."  Check out this interesting essay from The Wall Street Journal about rethinking the design of automation and the de-skilling effects of technology-centered automation:  http://online.wsj.com/articles/automation-makes-us-dumb-1416589342