Tuesday, September 11, 2007 | Categories: Blog
Are you driven witless by distractions? Do you find yourself unable to concentrate because of a constant stream of emails, instant messages, Twitter updates, and invitations to be someone's Facebook friend? What if the problem isn't a short attention span? What if the problem is the way computers are designed to subject you to a constant onslaught of screen messages?
Saul Greenberg is a computer science prof at the University of Calgary, and a specialist in human-computer interaction. He thinks we ought to design computers to give us information in the same 'ambient' way we get information from the natural environment that surrounds us. Have a listen to the raw interview I did with Saul, and let us know what you think. Should we spread computers throughout our environment? What would your ideal computer look like?
Keep an ear open for the little "skit" producer Liz Bowie and I threw in to the middle of the interview. We decided to take it out of the final version of the show.