Date: February 2, 2005
Jim Miller, PhD, — Miramontes Computing

One of the oldest known human activities is that of telling stories. It’s an important part of how we educate ourselves, pass down culture across generations, and entertain each other. Throughout the ages, storytellers have adapted their art to take advantage of changes in technology – moving from cave walls to stone tablets to papyrus to sheaves of paper to the printing press.

It should be no surprise, then, that some storytellers are looking at computers and the Internet with interest. This is not simply a matter of how they might use the Web as a publishing or distribution source for their stories, but how the special characteristics of the Internet can affect and change the nature of creating, telling, and experiencing stories. This talk is a detailed look at one experiment in this evolution of storytelling.

About the speaker
Jim Miller is Principal of Miramontes Computing, a user interaction design consultancy. He has worked in the field of human-computer interaction for over 20 years, doing research and product development in such fields as intelligent interfaces, web-based application design, Internet community development, consumer Internet appliances, and usability evaluation methods. As a consultant, he works with large and small companies to identify customer-driven system requirements, prototype effective human interfaces to those systems, guide the prototype through the development process, and iteratively test and refine the final product.

Jim has also served as the program manager for Intelligent Systems at Apple’s Advanced Technology Group, Director of User Experience at Gateway’s Internet Appliances Division, and the manager of the Human-Computer Interaction Department at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. He has a PhD in Psychology from UCLA.

Jim is active in SIGCHI; he has served as SIGCHI chair and as co-chair of CHI ’92, and has held various other positions on the Executive Committee and Conference Management Committee

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