Human Factor Revolutionizing the Way People Live with Technology

ISBN-10: 0415978912

ISBN-13: 9780415978910

Edition: 2004 (Annotated)

Authors: Kim Vicente

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"Kim Vicente puts human simplicity back into technology." "TIME Magazine" Technological innovation is progressing so quickly that we have fallen behind our ability to manage it. Our world is filled with objects that invite human error-from VCRs to stoves to hospitals, airplane cockpits, and nuclear power plants. Problems-some potentially catastrophic-continuously arise when designs are developed without human nature in mind. What we really need, argues Kim Vicente, is technology that works for people. In this incessantly readable, groundbreaking work, Vicente makes vividly clear how we can bridge the widening gap between people and technology. He investigates every level of human activity-from simple matters such as our hand-eye coordination to complex human systems such as government regulatory agencies, and why businesses would benefit from making consumer goods easier to use. He shows us why we all have a vital stake in reforming the aviation industry, the health industry, and the way we live day-to-day with technology. The award-winning "The Human Factor" offers solutions that have enormous implications for human life. Accessible, entertaining, and provocative, it is certain to create much debate for years to come.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Preface
Technology Wreaking Havoc
A Threat to Our Quality of Life: Technology Beyond Our Control
Why Is Technology So Out of Control? Walking Around Half-Blind
Technology for Humans
Let's Get Physical: Fitting the Design to the Body
Minding the Mind I: Everyday Psychology
Minding the Mind II: Safety-Critical Psychology
Staying on the Same Page: Choreographing Team Coordination
Management Matters: Building Learning Organizations
Political Imperatives I: Technology for Better or for Worse?
Political Imperatives II: Safeguarding the Public Interest
Regaining Control of Our Lives
The Way Forward: Not by Widgets Alone
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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