A former colleague of mine at JHU, whose work and career as a curator at the Smithsonian I have been following avidly, was recently interviewed on Gridium about her research on “human factors engineering.” Dr. Karafantis explains in detail how this differs from ergonomics and applies to many cutting edge industries.
World-building in science fiction is always a challenge. Research is always changing, everyone thinks they’re an expert, and it takes incredible vision to even imagine something new. Luckily, museum curators like Layne are constantly sharing their work with the general public. Aspiring science fiction novelists may have much material to go through, but it’s all so very exciting!