On Idiosyncratic Systems. Part I. Idiosyncratic Systems. Part II. On Being Creative with Computer Aided Design.
Technical rept. 1 Jan 76-31 Mar 77,
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE
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In part I, the author discusses a personalized computer -- an idiosyncratic system intimately acquainted with a specific user. Familiarity is gained over time, through shared experiences, and in context-dependent, interpersonal hypotheses. Personalization offers the possibility of machine recognition and understanding of conversations that otherwise appear ambiguous, incomplete, or vague. The paper postulates powerful, dedicated, and ubiquitous machines. We present a modest example of how the user can help the computer. In part II, the author considers creativity in the context of computer aided design. Following introductions to theories about creativity, and computer graphics, the paper presents four settings for the computer as a wholesale slave, a virtuoso, a creativogenic tolerance, and a place. They progress from a compliant and partitioned system to well-disposed and redundant surround. The paper concludes with some of the ingredients for highly personalized design systems, so-called idiosyncratic systems.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems