This web-site contains an adaptation of an inaugural address
held on the occasion of the acceptance of a named professorship in Business
Information Science at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam on December 10, 1993. The original
text was written in Dutch.
Information Technology (IT) in the form of computing devices,
computer networks and computerised information systems, is penetrating
our modern society deeper and deeper.
Is this a curse, that condemns us to an increasing dependence on computerised
solutions ? Or is it a blessing that liberates us from routine activities
and creates room for a more creative existence ?
In this web-site a great number of questions are raised in order to
find ourselves an answer. The suggested direction for an answer can
be found in regaining the proper measure, one of Plato's four cardinal
virtues. A powerful aid for the process of refinement towards the proper
measure is the discovery of the aspect of 'beauty'. Beauty in the process
of design and development of IT products, beauty in the IT product itself,
beauty in the usage of the IT product and beauty in that which arises
from its usage.