The Human-Technology Podcast

The Human-Technology Podcast

Our Brains are not Made to be Connected all the Time - Interview with Amanda Stockwell

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Amanda Stockwell is President of Stockwell Strategy. With her business, she has a focus on user research. She collects all the data the techy guys need to create successful products. Amanda talks about a boat trip to Mexico, which was totally unusual, about the way she sees our highly technological way, about her education and her various positions. And she lets us know, how lollipops influenced her career.

How to Start an HMI Development - User Centered Design Process: Analysis

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This episode of podcasts is the beginning of a mini-series on the topic of the User-Centered Design Process. People with their desires, dreams, and skills should be at the center of thinking about and developing technology. At the beginning of the process, there is an analysis procedure, in which the existing data, the environment, the tasks, the skills of the user are. A user-oriented HMI solution can only be created with a solid and detailed database. Further episodes will discuss the next steps!

The Monkey's Brain in a Rolling Robot: Humans and Autonomous Driving - Episode 2

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Driving becomes more and more automated. From single assistant systems like lane-keeping in-vehicle technologies grow and merge towards fully automated and autonomous driving. The relationship between humans and cars will change drastically, the entire usability, user experience, and HMI design will change dramatically. Episode 2 discussed the changes in user experience for drivers, passengers, and humans outside the vehicle.

The Monkey's Brain in a Rolling Robot: Humans and Autonomous Driving - Episode 1

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Driving becomes more and more automated. From single assistant systems like lane-keeping in-vehicle technologies grow and merge towards fully automated and autonomous driving. The relationship between humans and cars will change drastically, the entire usability, user experience, and HMI design will change dramatically. Episode 1 focuses on the dream of autonomous mobility, the history of vehicle automation, the levels of automation, and the related technology development.

Simply Make it Simple: On Intuitiveness

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The term "intuitive" is often used when demands are made on the usability of technology. Every company, every corporation claims that the technology developed is intuitive.

What is intuitiveness? How is it created? And how can it be ensured in the development process? Most of us know intuitively what intuitiveness means.
Based on the activation theory of Bärentsen and Trettvik, I am discussing the term intuitiveness, it comes from intuition and is shaped by previous physical and cultural experiences.

At the end of the podcast, I will give you three questions that should be answered in detail at the beginning of every HMI development in order to get an intuitive solution.

Three Technologies I don't Believe in

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Technologies are often hyped at first, only to fail grandly. 80-90% of all innovations do not make it to success. This episode of the Human-Technology podcast is about the why, why do innovations fail, and three technologies that are currently immensely popular and that I don't believe in. These are electric and autonomous flying taxis, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and the acquisition of Zoox by Amazon.

We are Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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We are standing on the shoulder of giants. All we do, we think, all the ideas we have are based on the ideas and actions of others. The big guys write books and publish them. Books are an excellent chance to get into the brains, into the thinking, into the thoughts of leaders impacting our world.
I talk about three books about HMI design, usability, and user experience that influenced me. They are:

Donald Norman: The Design of Everyday Things
Alan Cooper: The Inmates are Running the Asylum
Gilles Colborne: Simple and Usable

The Future of Human-Machine Interaction: Where are we Going?

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New technologies allow and require new means of interaction between humans and machines. Three trends, that will shape the future of the interaction between humans and machines are discussed. They are:
1. Humane HMIs: the interaction action between humans and machines will become more and more like the communication between humans
2. Liquid HMIs: HMIs are leaking out of their original instances, like a scene in a car, into other devices like smartphones
3. AR/XR HIs: the augmentation of digital information over the real world will enhance safety, information, entertainment, and education

Viva Las Vegas! Some News from the CES 2021 (Episode 2)

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The CES 2021 was the first-ever fully digital event of the CTA. Instead of strolling through the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the audience was in front of their screens at home. Just like the speakers, presenters, and moderators. Some real cool news, ideas, technologies, and services were presented though. I summarize my highlights from an automotive and HMI perspective. Episode 2 of 2.

About this podcast

It's about the relationship between humans and technology, about the design of technology. It's about how we can get our lives back by dropping technology addiction. Technology has two big problems: it's difficult to access and it's addicting. I want to make my listeners' lives better by opening their eyes to the design and use of technology. My goal is to change the way you look at the world and make it a better place.

by Dr. Peter Roessger

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