Friday, January 18, 2008

Adaptive harddisk


A more transparent harddisk by fellow students from my department. It changes its external representation according to the data that it stores. A well-intended step in the evolution of black boxes, changing the inherently dissatisfying experience of using a desktop pc into a slightly more satisfying one, I would say.

Let's quote Paul Dourish, with whom I somewhat sympathize, on the dual nature of computers:

"Computation is an intentional phenomenon; what matters about it is that it refers to things. At the end of the day, it is the things that matter."


Demi said...

Thanks for writing this.

Ralph Zoontjens said...

My pleasure, thanks for reading!