Calm technology describes a state of technological maturity where a user’s primary task is not computing, but being human. The idea behind Calm Technology is to have smarter people, not things. We cannot interact with our everyday life in the same way we interact with a desktop computer. Technology shouldn’t require all of our attention, just some of it, and only when necessary.
The terms calm computing and calm technology were coined in 1995 by PARC Researchers Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown in reaction to the increasing complexities that information technologies were creating.
How can our devices take advantage of location, proximity and haptics to help improve our lives instead of get in the way? How can designers can make apps “ambient” while respecting privacy and security? This talk will cover how to use principles of Calm Technology to design the next generation of connected devices. We’ll look at notification styles, compressing information into other senses, and designing for the least amount of cognitive overhead.
Cybernetic Anthropologist: Amber Case
How is our relationship with computers changing the way we think and act? Ask Amber Case, a user experience designer and cyborg anthropologist who studies the interactions between man and machine.
Amber’s thoughts on our connection to our new external brains have fascinated audiences at SXSW, and her TED talk, “We are all Cyborgs now”, has been viewed over a million times. Case is the author of An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology and Calm Technology, and the founder of CyborgCamp, an unconference on the future of humans and computers. One of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers, she is the co-founder and former CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based startup that was acquired by Esri in 2012.
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Anne-Marie’s journey started early. She passed her maths and ICT GCSEs at the age of 10, and was the youngest person in the world to pass an A-level computing exam, aged just 11. She'd added a masters degree in maths and computer science from Oxford University to her CV by the time she turned 20. As the co-founder of the award-winning social enterprise Stemettes, she has helped more than 7,000 girls in the UK, Ireland and Europe to benefit from events and initiatives that showcase STEM subjects and careers. She is also a co-founder of the Outbox Incubator, the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls.