Human Factors News Monthly Roundup (August, 2022)
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We're back again with another month packed full of Human Factors News. Of special note, there's some really good stuff under communication this month! We know we're really looking forward to having more science accessible to the public. There's a lot here, so let's get into it, but before we do, if you find any of this useful, consider joining us on Discord or on any of our social media communities (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) o continue the conversation with the hosts, and an audience of worldwide Human Factors and UX professionals!
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How to categorize conversational interfaces
- Podcast Link: E253 - User Perspective on Categorizing Chatbots and Voice Assistants
- Original Article
HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Announces Designs for THE LINE, The City of the Future in Neom
A Surgery-Performing Robot Is Ready for Tests on the International Space Station
The World Population Is Going to Hit 8 Billion Any Day Now
Human Factors News
These consist of news stories that we have not covered on the show, but are still worthy of sharing!
Aerospace Systems / Aviation
- Emerging Hazards in Commercial Aviation—Report 1: Initial Assessment of Safety Data and Analysis Processes
- ISS spacewalk interrupted by suit malfunction
- Plane failed to descend as pilots reportedly fell asleep during flight
Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making
- Some types of stress could be good for brain functioning
- New Research Finds Women Don’t Like to Participate in Competitive Situations when Deciding for Themselves, But When Deciding for Others, They are All In
- Our Brain is a Prediction Machine That is Always Active
- Google examines how different generations handle misinformation
- Sloppy Use of Machine Learning Is Causing a ‘Reproducibility Crisis’ in Science
- Random Acts of Kindness Make a Bigger Splash Than Expected
- Federally funded studies must be freely accessible to the public, White House says
- Surgeons Use VR Headsets to Separate Conjoined Twins
- The Bionic-Hand Arms Race
- 'PowerWash Simulator' players can now aid mental health research
- Is AI Good for Health Care?
- AI will reshape health care—we will determine if it’s for better or worse
- Google makes robots smarter by teaching them about their limitations
- Xiaomi Builds a Humanoid Robot for Some Reason
- AI Allows Dead Woman to Talk to People Who Showed Up at Her Funeral
- When automation keeps your job instead of replacing it
- Sprint then stop? Brain is wired for the math to make it happen
- Using smartphones could help improve memory skills
Perception and Performance
- A new learning method could help people with autism improve visual perception capabilities
- ‘Rhythm’ or ‘drift’ – new tools can help better understand human attention
- Use of Safety Management Systems in Managing Highway Maintenance Worker Safety
- Managing Enhanced Risk in the Mega Project World
Surface Transportation / Travel
- Selection and Placement Guidelines for Test Level 2 Through Test Level 5 Median Barriers
- Study Finds That Buttons In Cars Are Safer And Quicker To Use Than Touchscreens
- Human drivers in UK won’t be liable for accidents when vehicle is self-driving
- Hong Kong Puts Street Lights On The Ground Because People Won’t Stop Looking At Their Phones
Usability and System Evaluation
- Does Changing the Number of Response Options Affect Rating Behavior?
- Does Thinking Aloud Increase Study Dropout Rates?
- Augmented reality could be the future of paper books, according to new research
- We may never fully know how video games affect our well-being (This is our first episode of September! Listen here)
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