Fernando Flores, AfterTV, 2006/03/09

Andrew Keen interviews:

Fernando Flores‘ life reads like fiction. In his late twenties, the Finance Minister of the Salvador Allende government in Chile. Having been imprisoned by the Pinochet regime, he became a cause celebre in the West and eventually, with the help of Amnesty International, found his way to Stanford University as a research fellow.

At Stanford, Flores worked with Terry Winograd (the same Winograd who supervised Larry Page and Sergey Brin) and came also to collaborate closely with Hubert Dreyfus, the Berkeley philosopher. Today, Flores is a Chilean Senator and an internationally respected technology theorist and critic.

AfterTV: Fernando Flores

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One comment on “Fernando Flores, AfterTV, 2006/03/09
  1. daviding says:

    In this interview, Fernando Flores gave a good history of how his research developed. In his time in Chile, he mentions having met Stafford Beer, and following his interests in cybernetics to Stanford, where he became a research associate working with Terry Winograd.

    Studying philosophy with John Searle and Hubert Dreyfus, Flores developed a foundation for Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design. This approach has some longevity as the Language/Action Perspective, as described by Winograd in an 1996 International Conference on Communication Modeling, and a 1997 paper in Human-Computer Interaction, and recently reviewed in the May 2006 issue of Communications of the ACM as “Two Decades of the Language Action Perspective”.

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