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Christian, B. The Most Human Human: What talking with computers teaches us about what it means to be alive (2011)

Christian’s book is a story (almost a diary) about participating to the annual Loebner Prize Competition as a human confederate. Loebner prize competition is basically a Turing test competition where chatbots

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Cockton, G. & Woolrych, A. Sale Must End: Should Discount Methods be Cleared off HCI’s Shelves? Interactions, September+October 2002. 13-18

Interactions’ article is a critical analysis of the so called discount usability methods. By discount methods, the authors mean almost all usability inspection methods that I consider business as usual in

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K. Krippendorff. Meaning of artifacts in language.Chapter four of The Semantic Turn: A New Foundation for Design. Taylor & Francis Group. 2006. pp. 147-176.

The fourth chapter approaches the meaning of artifacts from the perspective of language. From this perspective the use of artifacts is only a small part of their life. Artifacts are discussed

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K. Krippendorff. Meanings in the lives of artifacts. Chapter five of The Semantic Turn: A New Foundation for Design. Taylor & Francis Group. 2006. pp. 177-191.

In chapter five, Krippendorff analyses how the meaning of artifacts change during their life cycles. For Krippendorff, the traditional life cycle of an artifact (design, production, use, retirement) is however almost

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K. Krippendorff. Meaning in an ecology of artifacts. Chapter six of The Semantic Turn: A New Foundation for Design. Taylor & Francis Group. 2006. pp. 193-205.

The sixth chapter of the book addresses how products link together meaningfully and form an ecology. The concept of ecology is borrowed from biology. An ecological approach to analyzing technology means

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Owen, C. Design Thinking: Noters on its Nature and Use. Design Research Quarterly, Vol 2. No 1, January 2007, pp. 16-27

The article defines design thinking as a complementary to science thinking and suggests that a balance between them is needed when solving many of the large problems we as a humanity

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Brix, A 2009, ‘Does user-driven design drive design-driven users?: Reflections on the conceptual framing of user informed design processes’, Seoul, South Korea, 30-06-10,

Brix’s article challenges the idea that user-centered approach to design is required in order to ensure usable designs. While the article agrees that involving users to design process is one way

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Morris, M.,G. & Dillon, A. How User Perceptions Influence Software Use. IEEE Software, July/August 1997, pp. 58-65.

The article states that technology acceptance model (TAM) offers theoretically valid and cheap way to evaluate both finished systems and systems under development. In addition the article presents a questionnaire which

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Cross, N. Designerly Ways of Knowing: Design Discipline Versus Design Science. Design Issues 17(3), 2001. pp. 49-55.

The article represents a historical walkthrough of science in and about design. The author identifies different approaches and time periods during which ‘scientification’ of design has been tried. The relationship between

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