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Software hegemony, seamlessness of thought,
and the building of computer science upon a foundation of
secrecy, present a series of problems to the individual.
Advanced computer systems is one area where a single individual
can make a tremendous contribution to the advancement of
human knowledge. A system that excludes any individual from
exploring it fully, may prevent that individual
from ``thinking outside the box'' and therefore
advancing the state-of-the-art.
Some of the new directions in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
suggest bringing advanced computing into all aspects of life.
Computers everywhere, constantly monitoring our activities,
and responding ``intelligently'' have the potential
to make matters worse, from the above perspective,
because of the possibility of excluding the individual user
from knowledge not only of certain aspects of the computer upon
his or her desk, but also of the principle of operation and the
function of everyday things.