In , J.C.R. Licklider published his groundbreaking paper called “Man- Computer Symbiosis.” Licklider was both a psychologist and a. J.C.R. Licklider (). Excerpts from “Man-computer Symbiosis”. IRE Transactions on Human Factors in Electronics, volume HFE-1, pp (now IEEE). J.C.R. Licklider may well be one of the most influential people in the history of In two extraordinary papers, Man-Computer Symbiosis () and The.

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It is often said that programming for a computing machine forces one to think clearly, that it disciplines the thought process. More than fifty years after Licklider’s seminal article was published defining a goal of creating a human-computer symbiosis, we are at the threshold or turning point of achieving that goal. The trie memory system, on the other hand, stores both the functions and the arguments.

There would be only a confusion of uninterpretable clutter if all the information were presented on one display to all of them. Since untrained operators can read at least as rapidly as trained ones can type, such a liicklider would be a convenient tool in almost any computer installation.

In the spring and summer oftherefore, I tried to keep track of what one moderately technical person actually did during the hours he regarded as devoted to work. The work describes something of Lickliders’ vision for a complementary symbiotic relationship between humans and computers at a potential time of the future. Newell, “The chess machine: Immediately after saying that, it is essential to make qualifying comments, because the engineering of equipment for high-speed introduction and extraction of information has been excellent, and because some very sophisticated display and control techniques have been developed in such research laboratories as the Lincoln Laboratory.


If those problems can be solved in such a way as to create a symbiotic relation between a man and a fast information-retrieval and data-processing machine, however, it seems evident that the cooperative interaction would greatly improve the thinking process.

Dunn, “The calculation of vowel resonances, and an electrical vocal tract,” J. Although the second path is simpler and apparently capable of earlier realization, it has been relatively neglected.

Man-Computer Symbiosis

Computing machines can do readily, well, and rapidly many things that are difficult or impossible for man, and men can do readily and well, though not rapidly, many things that are man-compute or impossible for computers. Part 3 is titled Need for Computer Participation in Formulative and Real-Time Thinking and begins by continuing from a preceding statement on the likelihood of data-processing machines improving human thinking and problem solving.

Ellis in A command structure for complex information processing, Proc. Most of the remainder seems to be wrapped up in the problem of pattern recognition within the storage mechanism or medium. Symbiosis in biology refers to two species of organisms “living together”, often with long term interactions. He could correct the computer’s data, instruct the machine via flow diagrams, and in general interact with it very much as he would with another engineer, except that the “other engineer” would be a precise draftsman, a lightning calculator, a mnemonic wizard, and many other valuable partners all in one.

This part proceeds to an outline of an investigation sub-headed A Preliminary and Informal Time-and-Motion Analysis of Technical Thinkingin which Man-computter investigated his own activities during the spring and summer of They will think of mechanisms, procedures, and liklider.

Do we want to create brain-computer interface implants to connect people to computers? If the user can think his problem through in advance, symbiotic association with a computing machine is not necessary.


Licklider Describes “Man-Computer Symbiosis” :

Cybernetics History of human—computer interaction Texts related to the history of the Internet Transhumanism documents. At least half of the problem of memory organization appears to reside in the storage procedure.

Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet p. The part concludes with a statement of the functioning of a potential computer as performing diagnosispattern-matchingand relevance-recognizing.

Cooper, “Minimal rules for synthesizing speech,” J. Shaw, “Programming the logic theory machine. Thus, for example, by entering with the argument, “matrix multiplication,” one might retrieve the entire program for performing a matrix multiplication on the computer. It seems reasonable, therefore, for computer specialists to be the ones who interact directly with computers in business offices.

A pacemaker is an example of human-computer symbiosis. As has been said in various ways, men are noisy, narrow-band devices, but their nervous systems have very many parallel and simultaneously active channels. There are in fact several hurdles that stand between the nonsymbiotic present and the anticipated symbiotic future.

He could compose instructions and subroutines, set them into proper format, and check them over before introducing them finally into the computer’s main memory. The course of the computation may be conditional upon results obtained during the computation, but all the alternatives must be foreseen in advance.