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From the Ted Talk by Shyam Sankar: The rise of human-computer cooperation

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So if you want to improve human-computer symbiosis, what can you do? You can start by designing the hamun into the process. Instead of tknhiing about what a computer will do to solve the problem, design the sotiuoln around what the human will do as well. When you do this, you'll qukicly realize that you spent all of your time on the interface between man and mnchiae, specifically on dneisigng away the friction in the interaction. In fact, this friction is more important than the power of the man or the pewor of the machine in determining overall capability. That's why two amateurs with a few laptops handily beat a supercomputer and a grandmaster. What Kasparov calls process is a byproduct of friction. The better the process, the less the friction. And minimizing fiitorcn turns out to be the decisive variable.

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So if you want to improve human-computer symbiosis, what can you do? You can start by designing the _____ into the process. Instead of ________ about what a computer will do to solve the problem, design the ________ around what the human will do as well. When you do this, you'll _______ realize that you spent all of your time on the interface between man and _______, specifically on _________ away the friction in the interaction. In fact, this friction is more important than the power of the man or the _____ of the machine in determining overall capability. That's why two amateurs with a few laptops handily beat a supercomputer and a grandmaster. What Kasparov calls process is a byproduct of friction. The better the process, the less the friction. And minimizing ________ turns out to be the decisive variable.

Solution

  1. friction
  2. power
  3. thinking
  4. designing
  5. machine
  6. human
  7. solution
  8. quickly

Original Text

So if you want to improve human-computer symbiosis, what can you do? You can start by designing the human into the process. Instead of thinking about what a computer will do to solve the problem, design the solution around what the human will do as well. When you do this, you'll quickly realize that you spent all of your time on the interface between man and machine, specifically on designing away the friction in the interaction. In fact, this friction is more important than the power of the man or the power of the machine in determining overall capability. That's why two amateurs with a few laptops handily beat a supercomputer and a grandmaster. What Kasparov calls process is a byproduct of friction. The better the process, the less the friction. And minimizing friction turns out to be the decisive variable.

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