Should Human Factors Prevent or Impede Access?


Citation:
Hancock, P.A. (1998). Should human factors prevent or impede access? Ergonomics in Design, 6(1), 4.

Excerpt:
     Probably very few people who read this article do not have access and have not used the World Wide Web. Beneath all the hyperbole and promotion exists a real, evolving system that already has had a substantial impact on the world. The promises of the Web are many, and it is an almost unavoidable conclusion that it will be a major social force in the coming century and perhaps millennium.
     One obvious vision is that an individual will have on-line, real-time access to the sum total of human knowledge, both historical information and contemporary developments via a small, lightweight, wearable device as common as the present-day watch. This will be a supreme educational tool. It will allow our children a dynamic and exciting window on knowledge for learning and exploration.

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