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.

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