The New Cognition Project Die Zukunft des Denkens

November 20, 2012

Interface influenced thinking

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Schnittstellen zwischen Mensch und Computer verändern das Denken

Human interface device and virtual environment influences thinking (Human-Computer-Interaction – HCI)
Interface influenced thinking

Interfaces are common in HCI. Simulation of virtual environments will be useful to operators. But besides they take influence in human thinking. Which are the consequences, if operators are acting seemingly in reality, which ist not real? Consciousness of reality is one of the most important basics of human thinking. What, if it will be lost?

Die Bedienung von Technologie hat sich mit der digitalen Entwicklung grundlegend verändert. Immer weniger muss der Output von Mess- und Rechenoperationen noch interpretiert und weiterverarbeitet werden. Viel häufiger gibt es inzwischen grafische Darstellungen von Ergebnissen, die wie im Glascockpit eines Flugzeuges, eine komplette Umgebung mit allen verfügbaren Informationen als virtuelle Realität abbilden können. Piloten müssen damit keine komplexen Integrationsleistungen mehr vollbringen, sondern können über Mustererkennung Situationen richtig erfassen und dementsprechend handeln oder aber das Handeln dem Autopiloten überlassen. Human device interfaces werden dadurch immer intuitiver, das Denken sinkt gar unter die Bewusstseinsschwelle. Welche Konsequenzen aus der Zunahme von intuitiven Benutzerführungen und virtuellen Umgebungen für unser Denken resultieren, ist bis jetzt nicht Gegenstand von Forschung. Allenfalls Probleme und Grenzen im Umgang mit dieser neuen Technologie werden von der Engineering Psychology untersucht. Auch hier spielt das Problem der Denk- und Reaktionsträgheit eine Rolle, welches beispielsweise als „Beta-Paradigma“ in der Human-Performance Psychology untersucht wird.

 

Questions to Dr. Gary Small

Gary Small is one of America´s leading neuroscientists and psychiatrist in LA (California):  Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director, UCLA Longevity Center, Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Division.

In his book “iBrain”  he explores how technology’s unstoppable march forward has altered the way young minds develop, function, and interpret information. iBrain reveals a new evolution catalyzed by technological advancement and its future implications: What are the professional, social, and political impacts of this new brain evolution? How must you adapt and at what price? iBrain can help us avoid the potential drawbacks—add, increased social isolation, Internet addiction, and so on—while offering the tools and strategies needed to bridge the brain gap, enabling us to compete and thrive in the age of high-tech immersion.

Question: Dr. Small, establishing more complex interfaces simulating reality in a virtual way may change our thinking. Is it possible, that thinking will be more visual or symbolic?

Answer Dr. Small:  That is certainly a possibility.  I speculated in my book, iBrain, that in the future, we will wear brain sensors attached to the scalp that will read our minds so we can communicate via WiFi using our thoughts alone, which could be visual and symbolic but also include language.

Question: Could complexity of language be affected by using virtual reality interfaces, can language be more primitive in the future, with poor complexity?

Answer Dr. Small: Language may reach a new level of complexity as we develop an additional lexicon that is more symbolic and augments our more traditional languages that developed as our ancestors invented the hand-held tool.

Question: How people may compensate informational overload?

Answer Dr. Small: This will always be a challenge since our brains crave new information – we are constantly drawn to it but it distracts and disrupts memory.

Question: Will they easy reduce their attention to information or will the ability to select information improve?

Answer Dr. Small: Both.

Question: What about psychiatric disorders? We can see now a slight increase of anxious disorders.

Answer Dr. Small: Yes

Question: Do you see any other psychiatric disorders which will increase in the next twenty years?

Answer Dr. Small: ADHD, addiction – see my book, iBrain

Question: What do you think about the New Cognition Project?

Answer Dr. Small: This sounds like an interesting forum to discussion, speculation, and hypothesis generation.

(Questions from Sönke Paulsen, New Cognition Project, Berlin)

 

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