much like AI & HCI are “two fields divided by a common focus” (https://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/article/view/2271), I’m gradually realizing that all the AI problems I find interesting are also fundamentally PL problems, because programming languages are how we communicate nuanced human intent to computers
@maxkreminski A contrarian hypothesis: HCI excites the public and investors with futuristic new interfaces, which is enough to get them interested but don't *really* work (many are wizard-of-ozzed or very brittle), which then kicks off a round of AI people getting funding to build the missing backend tech.
(Works better in some cases than others. I think works especially well for the AI boom kicked off post-Sketchpad, which more or less turned into the AI EDAM community.)
@mjn honestly I think these hypotheses are fully compatible with one another! I'm giving AI a bit of a hard time here since I'm generally closer to it & it fits the narrative I'm trying to put together
@maxkreminski I agree, don't think they're really incompatible. I think there's also more complexity than 'AI' and 'HCI' here, esp. the role of computational design as a quasi-discipline. For example, imo it's a huge stretch to call Sutherland's thesis 'HCI'. It influenced later HCI, but its own methodology was really pretty un-HCI-ish (much more a mix of design studies, graphics, and GOFAI).
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