Return of the Man-Machine Interface: Violent Interactions

  • Duncan Rowland
  • Conor Linehan
  • Kwamena Appiah-Kubi
  • Maureen Schoonheyt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8253)


This paper presents the design and evaluation of “the man-machine interface” a punchable interface designed to criticise and react against the values inherent in modern systems that tacitly favour one type of user (linguistically and technically gifted) and alienate another (physically gifted). We report a user study, where participants used the device to express their opinions before engaging in a group discussion about the implications of strength-based interactions. We draw connections between our own work and that of evolutionary biologists whose recent findings indicate the shape of the human hand is likely to have been partly evolved for the purpose of punching, and conclude by examining violent force as an appropriate means for expressing thoughts and feelings.


Man-machine interface punch interface critical design valuessensitive design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Duncan Rowland
    • 1
  • Conor Linehan
    • 1
  • Kwamena Appiah-Kubi
    • 1
  • Maureen Schoonheyt
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LincolnBrayford PoolUK
  2. 2.Hague University of Applied SciencesThe HagueThe Netherlands

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