Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thoughts about equilibrium and rewards

Technological interfaces create their own rewards for users-- that little thrill/threat when a link is pressed, or when we get a notice that there's new email.

Neuro-engineer Ken Beverley (private conversation) mentions the change as a result of technology as producing a physiological response of endorphins in the brain, which can be felt as a threat or a reward, but is inevitably a spur to some action. Saba (2003) discusses the distinction between "anticipating emergent behaviors" and "directing them," and posits that the interaction should allow for change without determining it. This acceptance of uncertainty is the start, perhaps, of training oneself to adapt to whatever the new situation is..

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