Stanford Seminar - What can HCI learn from Architecture about interaction?
David Kirsh UC San Diego January 17, 2020 Architects design structures for people to dwell in, to inhabit. They support social as well as physical interaction. HCI, so far, has concentrated on designing interfaces primarily for people to monitor and control systems. The two fields HCI and Architecture - operate with different notions of what an interface is and what interaction means. I begin with a quick look at the properties of interfaces and the concept of interaction those properties support. This shows that there are fundamental differences in the nature of interfaces and interaction found in three types of human-system engagement: Direct manipulation, Network, and Architectural or ecological. My main point is that we need to adopt a niche notion of interaction where we are part of an ecology, not on the other side of an `interface' through which we interact. Ecological interaction is more complex, multi-relational and interesting. And niches cannot be defined independently of the agent or agents who inhabit the niche. For HCI and AI to reach its potential, it must be tune in to the social cognition of humans. It must be able to negotiate, share in situation awareness, participate in joint activity, feel or understand emotions, and understand enough about human experience to support positive experience. This is a different sort of interaction than HCI or AI historically has focused on. Learn more about Stanford's Human-Computer Interaction Group: https://hci.stanford.edu Learn about Stanford's Graduate Certificate in HCI: https://online.stanford.edu/programs/human-computer-interaction-graduate-certificate View the full playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoROMvodv4rMyupDF2O00r19JsmolyXdD&disable_polymer=true