Eliza at the crossroads

A bit of a confabulation this, but what’s new.

A couple of weeks ago I was luck enough to sit in on one of Adam‘s classes at ITP.

Notes from Adam's class on 'crossroads' at ITP

The subjects that week were ‘crossroads’ as places of special consideration in culture and architecture, and from there to their (near) future place in everyware-augmented cities.

Candy Chang’s “Sidewalk Psychiatry”
(via BB) made me think of the recently-late Joseph Weizenbaum‘s Eliza…*

I wonder if as a memorial to Weizenbaum, Eliza’s ambiguous-but-probing questions could be engraved into the sidewalks at the crossroads of a city…

* see also MindHack’s tribute to Joseph Weizenbaum

Playing with change

The designer behind the new UK coinage (via Kottke) reveals the playful inspiration for his concept:

“I found the idea that members of the public could interact with the coins the most exciting aspect of this concept. It’s easy to imagine the coins pushed around a school classroom table or fumbled around with on a bar – being pieced together as a jigsaw and just having fun with them.”

Nice bit of interaction design thinking…