23 December 2008

Computers v. humans

The topic of this post is computers. For the gamers, however, can you guess why I tagged it “rpg” as well?

One of the principles I have long used to try to predict whether an application of computer technology will be successful is this: Let the computer do what the computer is good at; the people do what people are good at. The best use of computer technology is when the strengths of both the computer and the user work together, each doing the part of the solution they are best suited for. Computers should be used to help the user do what people do better than computers.

Amazon’s Mechanic Turk is a good example of this.

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