Therefore, let me argue that the actual dawn of user interface design first happened when computer designers finally noticed, not just that end users had functioning minds, but that a better understanding of how those minds worked would completely shift the paradigm of interaction. Alan Kay
"I am a constructivist. I think that knowledge is a matter of constant, new construction, by its interaction with reality, and that it is not pre-formed. There is a continuous creativity."
"I am a constructivist. I think that knowledge is a matter of constant, new construction, by its interaction with reality, and that it is not pre-formed. There is a continuous creativity." Jean Piaget
Both Jean Piaget and Alan Kay’s discoveries involved major paradigm shifts grounded on their study of the human mind. In the case of Piaget, children learning and mental development and in the case of Kay how everyday users could interact with computers (i.e. Graphical User Interfaces).
In order that the full potential of the Web be realized in these new frontiers, like real time human collaboration, mastery of technical advances although required is not sufficient, new paradigms and methods are also needed and these need to be based on a better understanding of the working of the human mind.