Something that surprised me from the interview with Ben Schneiderman was the importance he placed on linguistics when talking about the relationship between humans and machines. He was concerned about the use of the word "partnership" and referring to machines as partners, collaborators, or assistants, opting instead to simply refer to them as tools. I was surprised by Professor Schneiderman's conviction in asserting this point, as at face value it's something that seems rather trivial. However, he goes on to describe that when machines are viewed as something trying to "mimic" human or animal qualities, they are less effective than when they are viewed as tools, because only then can they enhance human skills rather than replace them. While I'm not sure I'm as convinced as Professor Schneiderman is about these semantics, this is something I'd be interested in learning more about.