AI and Society 12 (1-2):97-104 (1998)

Human-computer interaction today has got a touch of magic: Without understanding the causal coherence, using a computer seems to become the art to use the right spell with the mouse as the magic wand — the sorcerer's staff. Goethes's poem admits an allegoric interpretation. We explicate the analogy between using a computer and casting a spell with emphasis on teaching magic skills. The art to create an ergonomic user interface has to take care of various levels of skills for the human operators. The problem of logical discontinuities as opposed to continuous control is the most serious obstacle for human-computer interaction
Keywords Discontinuous control  Human-computer interface  Fault dectection  Linguistic support  Logical control  Magic manipulation  Man-machine interface  Password  Robot control
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