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Bye-bye, mouse. Hello, mind control

New interface methods will revolutionise how we interact with computers

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When workplace computers moved beyond command-line interfaces to the mouse-and-windows-based graphical user interface, that was a major advance in usability. And the command line itself was a big improvement over the punch cards and tape that came before. We're now entering a new era of user interface design, with companies experimenting with everything from touch and voice to gestures and even direct mind control.


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The artificial intelligence factor

Increased accuracy of speech recognition is just the beginning of how new interfaces are transforming the way we interact with computers. Voice recognition is one of the drivers of this change. "We can say, 'Remind me that I have a meeting at five,' and that's very different from turning on the phone, getting to the home screen, picking the clock applications, putting it into alarm mode, and creating a new alarm," says Henry Holtzman, who heads the MIT Media Lab's Information Ecology group. Apple's Siri is an example of a tool that uses artificial intelligence to figure out what the user wants to do.


  • Bye-bye, mouse. Hello, mind control
  • Can you hear me now?
  • Voice recognition in medicine
  • The artificial intelligence factor
  • Intelligent agents
  • Gesture-based inputs
  • Hand motions
  • Eye tracking
  • Mind control
  • Moving objects with the mind


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