Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Human-computer interfaces ready for next level

Used with permission, CC Hongchang Lin

I repackage knowledge to adjust the way people interact with their environment and perform their tasks. That's what Instructional Designers do. It's my job to change the way you do your work. I'm supposed to help you improve.

So, who helps me?

Inventors like John Underkoffler dream how we should be gathering and organizing knowledge in the first place. Easily. Seamlessly. Immediately.

This video represents the next fundamental leap in how people like me will be able to perform our craft. And that, obviously, means that the next small baby step about three minutes after that is to show all of the rest of you how to do it, too.

In five years, this is how we will browse the web, sort thru email (tossing junk mail right into the recycle bin just like we did twenty years ago!), program our DVRs, choose books and music to put on our iPad, pass a document to a colleague, Google what to use in place of the buttermilk when the sauce is already cooking, make reservations for Friday's date (and perhaps even start the date if we're running late at the office), check on the status of our car repair with the mechanic, and schedule the lights, sprinklers, appliances, and heating/air-conditioning that we forgot to turn off before we left for northern Kamchatka a couple hours ago.

Any of you who've ever used Cover Flow in Apple's iTunes, Safari, or Finder probably saw this coming. The mouse could have died with the 20th century. I want this interface today. I want it for PowerPoint, Google Calendar, and iPhoto. I would use it now. Generously.


What would you use it for?