Technology, Information, and the Individual

  • Robert R. Korfhage
  • Keith S. Joseph
Part of the Languages and Information Systems book series (LISS)


The advancement of a species, or of an individual within a species, is closely tied to the ability of that species or individual to control its environment, rather than to be controlled by its environment. The control depends fundamentally on two things: a “tool kit” of means to effect that control, and information relevant to deciding when and how to use which tool from the kit. Control of the environment inevitably means increasing the complexity of the environment—adding physical objects that were not previously available, discovering new energy sources, creating microclimates that are not naturally present. At the same time the control information itself becomes more complex, as it must describe the increasing complexity of the environment. In an escalating process, control of the increased complexity demands more effective information access. Thus as better tools are invented, included among these are the tools necessary for handling information and presenting it to the individuals who need it.


Interface Design Geographic Information System Printing Press Handling Infor Information Handling 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert R. Korfhage
    • 1
  • Keith S. Joseph
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information ScienceUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Communications Applications ResearchSan RamonUSA

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