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Lessons from the Silurian: On digitization and the human element (03 May 2004)
I truly think that one of the key things that we have to remember in all of this work is the human element. We have to find a way to involve humans in all of this digital activity to make that real. There are plenty of examples of the need for this human engagement in technology, such as Bonnie Nardi and Vicki ODays book Information Ecologies [5]. Nardi and ODay, as anthropologists, analyzed how individuals used technologies; they found that technology is most effective when humans help each other, that is when technologies are truly engaged by a human element. So we have to find ways to make our new technologies engage humans in new and innovative ways.
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