Designing Interfaces With The Media Equation - The Conclusion
Here we are, at the end of our journey. The TechBology crew have researched the topic of "Designing interfaces with the media equation" and given insight into how it relates to HCI. To conclude our little web presentation we have put together a brief summary of our findings.
Humans see personality in computers whether it was intentionally programmed there or not. In fact, humans assess the personality of another being (human or otherwise) very quickly and with minimal clues. Further, the perceived personality of the computer strongly affects how we evaluate the computer and the information it gives us.
The media equation's implications range widely, from media design, management principles, games and of course interfaces. Clearly, the media equation has implications for libraries. We can specify online catalog software interfaces that can be used in several different ways. This can allow people with various personalities to find the way that suits them best. Even better, how about an interface that adapts to the user’s personality? Perhaps librarians will become the human “constant” in the media equation. We cannot change evolution, but we can anticipate subconscious, irrational responses to media. We can supply the expertise, the politeness, the praise, and the diplomacy to make up for the rough edges of technology’s still unfolding personality.
We hope you have enjoyed reading our blog. We will leave you to draw upon your own imagination of what the future holds for HCI...