Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 10th Oct 2011 19:55 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Within the last few days we read the news about Apple's Siri AI personal assistant, and about a brain implant that lets monkeys control virtual limps & feel virtual objects. I believe that if someone is to also combine a few more technologies (e.g. high-res eyeware, appropriate operating system changes), we will be looking at the next user interface revolution, after the inventions of the computer mouse and touch interfaces.
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RE: Sorry to disappoint
by Eugenia on Mon 10th Oct 2011 20:44 UTC in reply to "Sorry to disappoint"
Eugenia
Member since:
2005-06-28

Trust is a marketing point, not necessarily technical (as Apple has showcased many times). People in the past wouldn't entrust their money on banks for example, and while there are good reasons to not trust them, most people have their money on banks anyway.

When personal computers started becoming popular, people were afraid to trust them too. Your post sounded like the Orthodox Church and their fear for computers in the '80s and how we would all lose our individuality, and have a chip in our forehead as a personal ID, that's controlling us (I watched various such "documentaries" on the Greek TV as a teen). It's all FUD. Eventually things like that get ironed out, security also matures, not just software features.

Remember the iPhone and how everyone "hated it" in the beginning (before it got released 2 months later) because it had no stylus or hardware buttons. A lot of whining about that back in early 2007. But since its touch UI made sense eventually, people followed it anyway when the device actually came out. And they loved it.

The UI I suggest is even more intuitive and natural. There's nothing stopping progress. If something is useful, it gets adopted, despite the risks.

Edited 2011-10-10 21:07 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I hadn't heard that bit about the Orthadox church but I'd rather there be a well defined interface based on open standards between the brain and computer to ensure that it was only able to gleem so much information.

Typically I use my brian as a buffer for things I might say/do/type before I actually do one of those things, then they are run through a couple situation dependant filters before they are possibly acted upon. I would like to retain that ability, even with brain interfaces.

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RE[2]: Sorry to disappoint
by Yoko_T on Tue 11th Oct 2011 23:19 in reply to "RE: Sorry to disappoint"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

Trust is a marketing point, not necessarily technical (as Apple has showcased many times). People in the past wouldn't entrust their money on banks for example, and while there are good reasons to not trust them, most people have their money on banks anyway.

When personal computers started becoming popular, people were afraid to trust them too. Your post sounded like the Orthodox Church and their fear for computers in the '80s and how we would all lose our individuality, and have a chip in our forehead as a personal ID, that's controlling us (I watched various such "documentaries" on the Greek TV as a teen). It's all FUD. Eventually things like that get ironed out, security also matures, not just software features.

Remember the iPhone and how everyone "hated it" in the beginning (before it got released 2 months later) because it had no stylus or hardware buttons. A lot of whining about that back in early 2007. But since its touch UI made sense eventually, people followed it anyway when the device actually came out. And they loved it.

The UI I suggest is even more intuitive and natural. There's nothing stopping progress. If something is useful, it gets adopted, despite the risks.


Do yourself a favor and watch a Anime OVA/Moive called Macross Plus and you'll realize just how utterly stupid what you are suggesting really is.

To make things simple, A test pilot hooked to an interface similar to what you are suggesting started daydreaming about causing his rival test pilot aircraft to crash and burn. Guess what happend? Yep, the interface took that idle thought and acted upon it, and there was nothing the pilot who thought the command could do to stop it.

Some future to forward to isn't it?

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