Computer Sciences Dept.

Who Needs a Person Centered Computer Technology?

Rob Kling

Contemporary computer designers are larely machine centered and emphasize function and standards of elegance, efficiency and computing power. The side effects of systems may enhance or diminish the well beling of various users. Recent studies of the human impacts of computing systems are described. Person centered standards that promote a sense of competence and autonomy are outlined. The coupling of flexible software with responsive organizations is suggested as a means of enhancing personal competence and self-esteem.

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