What is Interaction?

On the face of it, interaction isn’t difficult to conceptualize or define.

I act on a thing. The thing reacts. Perhaps this reaction prompts me to further or differently act on the thing, in order to achieve my original goal or to work towards achieving a new one. Either way, this relay of action and reaction intertwines into a sort of dance—a pas de deux between the thing/machine/system and I, in which we exchange a series of variable moves. This dance is entered into in a variety of contexts: from simple or complex productivity tasks (i.e. taking the steps to gradually put together the website on which these words appear) to entertainment or play situations (navigating a virtual environment populated by A.I.-powered avatars). Continue reading “What is Interaction?”