The Future of Human-Computer Interaction

According to a Microsoft-backed report consisting of the analysis and opinions of more than 40 experts in fields ranging from computing to sociology, by 2020 the ideas of “interface” and “user” will be obsolete, “as computers merge even closer with humans,” reports the BBC. The document details the projected future of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), predicting […]

According to a Microsoft-backed report consisting of the analysis and opinions of more than 40 experts in fields ranging from computing to sociology, by 2020 the ideas of “interface” and “user” will be obsolete, “as computers merge even closer with humans,” reports the BBC. The document details the projected future of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), predicting that in little more than a decade, computers will be able to anticipate its users’ needs, and humans, in turn, will be able to interact semantically with computers.

The BBC explains:

Our “digital footprint” – the sharing of more and more aspects of our lives through digital photography, podcasting , blogging and video – is set to get bigger and this will raise key questions about how much information we should store about ourselves.

The ever-present network will channel mass market information directly to us while disseminating our own intimate information. The report dubs this the era of so-called hyper-connectivity and predicts it will mean a growth in “techno-dependency”. This ever more intimate relationship between humans and computers will be a double-edged sword, it suggests… “Without proper consideration and control it is possible that we – both individually and collectively – may no longer be in control of ourselves or the world around us,” the report warns.

BBC News: Computers to Merge with Humans

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