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Proceedings of Graphics Interface `99, Kingston, Ontario, June 1999, pp. 183192. Computer Aided Serendipity

Summary: Proceedings of Graphics Interface `99, Kingston, Ontario, June 1999, pp. 183­192.
Computer Aided Serendipity:
The Role of Autonomous Assistants in Problem Solving
James Arvo
Department of Computer Science
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
Pencil and paper are perhaps the most effective problem­
solving tools ever invented. Why is this so, and what
does this portend for computer­assisted problem solv­
ing? In this paper we investigate why the computer has
not made more significant inroads into many aspects of
problem solving, even in domains ostensibly concerned
with purely formal methods. We observe that for many
problem­solving activities computers are currently more
constraining than enabling, particularly during problem
formulation. We identify some of the obstacles that must
be overcome in making the computer a more attractive


Source: Arvo, Jim - Departments of Information and Computer Science & Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Irvine


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences