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Issue No.03 - May/June (2009 vol.24)
pp: 82-c3
Robert R. Hoffman , Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
Douglas O. Norman , The Mitre Corp.
Juris Vagners , University of Washington
ABSTRACT
In recent years researchers have used various phrases to distinguish types of systems, including "complex systems," "adaptive systems," and "sociotechnical systems." This essay explores the question of whether such modifiers add specific and useful meaning to the concept of a system. The authors point to the philosophical and logical difficulties of defining these concepts. They resolve the matter by proposing that the notion of a "macrocognitive work system" is the subject matter for human-centered computing.
INDEX TERMS
Artificial intelligence, human-centered computing, systems engineering, systems theory, complexity, macrocognition, procurement
CITATION
Robert R. Hoffman, Douglas O. Norman, Juris Vagners, ""Complex Sociotechnical Joint Cognitive Work Systems"?", IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol.24, no. 3, pp. 82-c3, May/June 2009, doi:10.1109/MIS.2009.39
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