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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And, in ALGOL and related systems, men are proving their flexibility by adopting standard formulas of representation and expression that are readily translatable into machine language.

If some form of tight coupling is achieved, the symbiotic relationship may be very positive and adaptive. There will nevertheless be a fairly long interim during which the main intellectual advances will be made by men and computers working together in intimate association.

Man-Computer Symbiosis

However, many problems that can be thought through in advance are very difficult to think through in advance. A pacemaker is an example of human-computer symbiosis.

Timesharing systems are currently under active development. The properties just described do not include all the desired ones, but they bring computer storage into resonance with human operators and their predilection to designate things by naming or pointing. How can we possibly impart this skill to a computer?

The former present or imply something about incentive or motivation, and they supply jan-computer criterion by which the human executor of the instructions will know when he has accomplished his task. Forgie, “Results obtained from a vowel recognition computer program,” J.

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Man-Computer Symbiosis

When they were in comparable form, it took only a few seconds to man–computer what I needed to know. He said that computers would have to improve significantly before real man-computer symbiosis could take place.

The information must be symibosis by a computer, since manual plotting is too slow to keep it up to date. His concern was that he was spending much more time developing information than digesting it.


The computer will be able to refer to it repeatedly, but not to change it. Preliminary analyses indicate that the symbiotic partnership will perform intellectual operations much more effectively than man alone can perform them. Computing machines will do the routinizable work that must be done to prepare the way for insights and decisions in technical and scientific thinking. The first involves problem-solving, hill-climbing, self-organizing programs.

Perhaps the best outcome is partial symbiosis or intelligence augmentation. For more information about how a pacemaker works check www.

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Licklider hoped for a computer that could handle all the mundane work so that he could spend more time doing what humans do best: In addition, the computer will serve as a statistical-inference, decision-theory, or mancomputer machine to make elementary evaluations of suggested courses of action mxn-computer there is enough basis to support a formal statistical analysis. So how are we doing? It is therefore hazardous to make general statements about capabilities of the class.

Will advanced analytics and sensors and massive data stores transform the “wearer” into an inhuman analog of a person? Commensalism refers to a symbiotic relationship where one of the organisms benefits greatly and the other is not harmed. At one point, it was necessary to compare six experimental determinations of a function relating speech-intelligibility to speech-to-noise ratio.

The larva of the insect lives in the ovary of the fig tree, and there it gets its symbbiosis. It will involve very close coupling between the human and the electronic members of the partnership.

Several hours of calculating were required to get the data into comparable form. In addition he identified two reasons for Licklider to have considered such a concept as a symbiotic human computer relationship at all as beneficial, to be firstly, for it might bring about an advantage emerging from the use of a computer, such that there are similarities with the necessary methodology of such a use i.

In some instances, particularly in large computer-centered information and control systems, the human operators are responsible mainly for functions that it proved infeasible to automate. Power see his home page. In general, it will carry out the routinizable, clerical operations that fill the intervals between decisions. In general, they will make approximate and fallible, but leading, contributions, and they will define criteria and serve as evaluators, judging the contributions of the equipment and guiding the general line of thought.


Then go to the second register, and pick up the address of the third, etc. Altogether these things were pre-conditions for the development of networks. Business situations usually move slowly enough that there is time for briefings and conferences. It will convert static equations or logical statements into dynamic models so the human operator can examine their behavior.

The part concludes with a statement of the functioning of a potential computer as performing diagnosispattern-matchingand relevance-recognizing.

In some ways it is a logical extension of our past decision support research, in other ways the prospect of a tightly linked relationship of a human being with man-domputer “smart” computing machine is frightening.

In addition, men will handle the very-low-probability situations when such situations do actually arise.

The sum of the probabilities of very-low-probability alternatives is often much too large to neglect. Integration will perhaps occur as an implant, a helmet device with direct connections to the human brain and nervous system, or as a wearable like a watch or jewlery. That compound question is asked whenever sophisticated data-processing systems are discussed. Balashek, “Automatic recognition of spoken digits,” in W.

Perhaps it is equally hazardous to make general statements about the capabilities of men. In one sense of course, any man-made system is intended to help man, to help a man or men outside the system. You formulate your problem today.

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