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Emotionless Computers (was: Law of Inconsistent Assumptions)

by perlcapt (Pilgrim)
on Oct 23, 2004 at 13:38 UTC ( #401828=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: The Law of Inconsistent Assumptions
in thread The Law of Inconsistent Assumptions

As a social group, we (pronoun open to interpretation) may be finding certain comfort in knowing that the computers with which we communicate may misunderstand our meaning, but never misunderstand our feelings. Feelings are never a factor. This is a much simpler set of unknowns for communications than with humans, right Mr. Spock?

Perhaps the computer's of lack emotional interpretation is why we spend so much time with them. But then, when we get into discussions with other humans concerning computers or using computers (and networks) we are surprised by the emotional reactions. People associated with computers are emotional!

Going back to the original thread of this discussion: Thank goodness the article, The Law of Inconsistent Assumptions, reminds us that it is a predictable phenomenon. Look how long it took the Western world to codify the predictable phenomenon of gravity despite the fact that people had been falling down and hurting themselves for millenia. The "Active Listening" mentioned in Re: The Law of Inconsistent Assumptions is like having a pillow that makes the falls more comfortable and with less injury. Good Stuff.

perlcapt
-ben


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