New Models for Design Efficiency: Introducing Otto
Palimpsest, 2005. Designers: Elisabeth Prescott and Otto.
As a metaphor for the depersonalization of industry, the 1957 film Desk Set
pitted humanity against automation as the central quandary of modern civilization. The film starred Spencer Tracy as an efficiency expert who introduces a mega-computer to modernize a corporate reference library. In the role of the head librarian, Katharine Hepburn's suspicions are confirmed when the computer starts spitting out pink slips along with its overly literal, and frequently inaccurate answers...