Presented by

  • Christopher J Biggs

    Christopher J Biggs
    @unixbigot
    http://christopher.biggs.id.au/

    Christopher Biggs has been into Open Systems since the early 90s and was there at the birth of Linux and 386BSD. His interest in electronics and connected devices goes back even further. Christopher’s career encompasses software development, system architecture and engineering management. He built and managed a diverse, global team of over 60 developers at a leading Brisbane IT company. Christopher is now the principal of Accelerando Consulting, a boutique consultancy specialising in IoT, DevOps mentorship and Cloud Data. Christopher is convenor of the Brisbane Internet of Things interest group, and was a founding executive member of HUMBUG, the Brisbane open systems user group. He has presented at conferences and user groups around Australia and is an active startup mentor.

Abstract

As an evangelist, community leader and consultant in the Internet of Things space, I have strong opinions about how IoT can improve our lives. Thirty years after its publication, Donald Norman's seminal book "The Design of Everyday Things", which examined how the tiny usability touches in everyday items matter so much, remains relevant and important. In fact, Don just last year wrote that the technology industry badly needs to re-focus on the true meaning of Human Centered Design, observing that despite his decades of advocacy, the same kinds of design flaws continually recur. We are just a handful of years short of the centenary of the publication of Modern Architecture pioneer Le Corbusier's maxim "A house is a machine to live in", yet our architecture remains stubbornly steam powered. My position is that we ought step back and critically reexamine the shape and detail of our workplaces and homes. The great labour saving devices of the 20th century freed us from much physical drudgery, but significant cognitive burden remains. I will examine, in the abstract and concrete, how much cognitive load is imposed on us by our environment. It has been written that a modern human makes 30,000 choices every day. For example, why are our light switches placed for the convenience of builders, not inhabitants. Why do so many of our labour-saving appliances require us to spend so much time monitoring and pampering them. How often do you stumble about in the dark fumbling for a light switch. Wouldn't you prefer to discover the failed refrigerator or flooded storeroom before the contents are ruined? Join me for an imagination of how Living In The Future could truly be better. Linux Australia: http://mirror.linux.org.au/pub/linux.conf.au/2020/room_8/Monday/The_awful_design_of_everyday_things.webm YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFjcy-LJ64A