Things we need words for

One of the things that is brought up  in this YouTube video is the idea that people have become part of the algorithm. We don’t really have methods in Computer science or human computer interaction which really looks at the ecology of people and technology. As mentioned in the video below at an individual basis…

HCI & Social Computing Journal Rankings

Myself and Jamie have recently conducted an exploration of relevant journals within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Social Computing, with a view to knowing which are considered high quality (i.e. Q1). In the current research climate dominated by the impending REF assessment, it is very useful to know which journals are considered as high…

Human+

While on holiday in Rome, I was lucky enough to stumble across “Human+.The future of our species” at the Palazzo Delle Esposizioni. It was an exhibition bringing together art and design projects that considered the impact technology could have upon the definition of “human”, and the contexts that we live in.   My favourite piece…

Try virtual reality for science

After months of struggling to get working software, there is something very pleasing about the experimental process. Here is one of our PhD students Joe working on his VR reality experiment down at the Northern Design Center. Don’t mention ANOVA!

Why black mirror is so reminiscent of a proctology exam

Obviously, I have a problem with the beloved show Blackmirror.  Why I am a dissenter is probably related to my rolls as both dyslexic, Appropriate technologist, scientist  and science fiction author of no standing whats so ever. Why do I find the program so annoying ? I guess because it’s lazy. Actually it’s not lazy….

Brutalism at NorSC

As might be clear from the image attached to this post, as well as throughout our website, we have an interest in brutalist architecture, concrete and “ugly” buildings. This post will explain why, a social computing and human-computer interaction group, has pictures of concrete everywhere. Our fascination with brutalism is actually grounded in the works…

Design fiction

One of my areas of interest is that of design fiction. Design fiction covers a large range of potential techniques, approaches and stances. It ranges from fiction about the design of digital technologies to the fictions about design. Typically design fictions are intended for small audiences. One use of a design fiction is to help…