Linked by David Adams on Wed 24th May 2006 04:08 UTC
Editorial It's conventional wisdom that computers need to be "easier to use." But do they? More reliable, yes. Easier to troubleshoot, yes. But now that so many people use computers so much, I think there's something to be said for making them less easy-to-use and less intuitive.
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Of course Stanley was purpose built. That was part of my point. General computing won't need to exist for any purpose other than to provide us with information. That's why I gave LCARS as an example. Everything else will be purpose built, just like us humans are purpose driven. We don't need computers to actually be us, just do the things we don't want to do. Keep in mind that humans that are "jack-of-all-trades" are rarely experts at anything. I think people have pushed general computing too far in that direction. Computing does not need to become any more general.

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