“Pictures Under Glass is an interaction paradigm of permanent numbness. It’s a Novocaine drip to the wrist. It denies our hands what they do best. And yet, it’s the star player in every Vision Of The Future.”
In this “Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design”, Bret Victor explains his argument of why these “visions of the future”, glass tablets and touchable technologies, are dumbing down our capabilities to interact with technology. Why shouldn’t we be able to gain more responses from the technology?
The Pictures Under Glass argument is incredible, and I completely agree with it. All the images for the future city include these Minority Report like images where the technology is so ubiquioutus, it’s not necessarily a tool for our living. It’s more like an obtrusive ad campaign of the more we need. Granted, having interactive maps for public transit systems would be interesting, and a great tool for wayfinding, but the image we create for it is only visually communicative.
Today our technology vibrates, makes noises, and lights up with different visuals. When do you think we’ll get something that changes texture, temperature, smell, or a new type of sensory device we haven’t discovered?