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On birthing dancing stars: The need for bounded chaos in information interaction

D McKay, S Makri, S Chang, G Buchanan

CHIIR 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval | ACM | Published : 2020

Abstract

While computers causing chaos is a common social trope, nearly the entirety of the history of computing is dedicated to generating order. Typical interactive information retrieval tasks ask computers to support the traversal and exploration of large, complex information spaces. The implicit assumption is that they are to support users in simplifying the complexity (i.e. in creating order from chaos). But for some types of task, particularly those that involve the creative application or synthesis of knowledge or the creation of new knowledge, this assumption may be incorrect. It is increasingly evident that perfect order-and the systems we create with it-support highly-structured information..

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