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Keeping a grip on the world

23 July 2007

Ben Vershbow in

'We stand at a crucial juncture, Brad (Paley) says, where we must marshal knowledge from the relevant disciplines - design, the arts, cognitive science, engineering - in order to build tools and interfaces that will help us make sense of the huge masses of information that have been dumped upon us with the advent of computer networks. All the shallow efforts passing as meaning, each pretty piece of infoporn that obfuscates as it titillates, is a drag on this purpose, and a muddying of the principles of "cognitive engineering" that must be honed and mastered if we are to keep a grip on the world.'