Technology should amplify the best of technology and the best of humanity. Machines shouldn’t act like humans, and humans shouldn’t act like machines. How can we design technology that becomes part of our lives instead of a distraction from it? We don’t need smarter devices; we need smarter people. The scarcest resource in our lives is no longer technology, but attention.
This practical talk explores the historic concept of calm technology, a method for smoothly capturing our attention only when necessary, while calmly remaining in the background most of the time. We’ll talk about how we have a better relationship with the technology in our lives, how we can make the best of the coming wave of automation, and how to design clever, stable products that fulfill the original promise of technology.
Amber Case studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. She is an internationally recognized design advocate and speaker, a researcher at the Institute for the Future, and the author of Calm Technology and Designing With Sound. She spent two years as a fellow at MIT’s Center for Civic Media and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
Named one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 and Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology, she was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2012 and received the Claude Shannon Innovation Award from Bell Labs. She was the co-founder and CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri. You can follow her work on Medium and Twitter.