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New Paradigms for Using Computers: Fifth Annual Workshop
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As researchers and product designers, we are colleagues as well as competitors, creating systems that will support people in their work.

But striking new paradigms-styles of working with computers that could shape the whole field are usually in the air long before they mature and become accepted. We are often working on parts of what will turn out to be a shared vision. The history of people using innovations predicts irregular progress. A wonderful new tool is envisioned: some try to create it, some find it not useful, and some improve it. The cycle repeats.

We are often working on parts of what will turn out to be shared vision. As researchers and product designers, we are colleagues as well as competitors. How is it that so many companies work on the same hot project at the same time with the same results? What are the elements that caused an idea to reach its flash point and take off?

  • How do we, as an informal community of innovators, choose our projects?
  • Which paradigms for using computers succeed?
  • How do we nurture emerging ideas so they can become pervasive?


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