The Unfinished Revolution

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The Unfinished Revolution

Author
Michael Dertouzos

Genre
non-fiction

Publisher
HarperCollins

Publication date

2001

Pages
224

ISBN
0-06-662067-8

OCLC
00-059767

Dewey Decimal

004′.01’9 — dc21

LC Class
QA76.9.H85 D46 2001

The Unfinished Revolution is a 2001 book by Michael Dertouzos that proposes why and how technology should be made to work for humans. It goes on to state that until this goal has been met the computer revolution is ‘unfinished’.

Contents

1 Summary

1.1 Natural Interaction

2 References
3 External links

Summary[edit]
In the foreword to the paperback edition, written by Tim Berners-Lee shortly after Michael Dertouzos’s death, he succinctly summarizes the objectives of the book by stating the three areas he believes computers still need improvement in: “helping us to communicate better with each other, by helping with the actual processing of data, and by being less of a pain in the process.” More specifically, the book breaks this down into five buckets that need special attention and improvement:

Natural Interaction
Automation
Individualized Information Access
Collaboration
Customization

Natural Interaction[edit]
Dertouzos argues that since humans are not born with keyboard and mouse inputs to interact with the world why should we be expected to interact with computers in such a fashion. Instead he stat
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