Bill Higgins, The Uncanny Valley and… Wallace Stevens?
Not sure how I missed this posting by Bill Higgins about the design of robots and what it could teach us about UX design for the web back in “07 but many thanks to my former student Ryan Cannon for pointing it out to me. I *think* he sent me the link (via Twitter, slots of course) in response to something I tweeted earlier in the day about how the best line from poet Wallace Stevens for user experience design freaks like us is:
the lunatic of one idea / in a world of ideas
That line is from Esthetique du Mal (warning, PDF link), and reflections on how that poem and this thing called The Uncanny Valley might correlate and sympathize with one another is something I”ll blog about later when my laptop battery is recharged.
Lastly, a quick shout-out to Prof. George Bornstein at the University of Michigan, who taught an amazing course on Pound, Elliot and Stevens which totally changed my life.