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May 15, 2007

Anti-interaction interaction design

Bret Victor: "Today, a Perl programmer needs just four letters to invoke decades of research into filesystems and physical media: 'open.' A finely-tuned mergesort is available with the word 'sort,' and even more finely-tuned hashing algorithms require just a pair of brackets. Until machine learning is as accessible and effortless as typing the word 'learn,' it will never become widespread."

Reminds me of Joel Spolsky's observation of the different levels of abstraction of Microsoft and Google.

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yes I am

Posted by: KD at Jun 15, 2007 9:44:16 AM