User Interface Year 2020

Design & Usability, Emerging Topics, People, Programming
Location: Meeting Room J3
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User Interface Year 2020 Presentation [PDF]
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The user interface as you know it is over. In the year 2020, GNOME and KDE will be at end-of-life and seem as obsolete as MS-DOS is today. What will our future UI be? Hollywood is showing the future of human-computer interaction in films like Iron Man and Quantum of Solace. And, it’s not all fantasy. Research labs have been busy for a decade building new ways to interact with computers: Gesture, Speech, Conversational AI, Image AI, HUD, 3D and new io devices. However, the commercial software industry is a decade behind the labs.

How can FOSS leap ahead? How do we start building the user interface for the year 2020 now?

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Robin Rowe

Linux Plus Magazine

Robin Rowe is a software designer and corporate trainer. He’s completed R&D projects for DreamWorks Animation, DARPA, the Pentagon, the navy, and many companies. He’s a contributing editor for Linux Journal. He leads the open source CinePaint project. He’s taught object-oriented software design at the Naval Postgraduate School and at the University of Washington.

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Mike Kenne
07/24/2009 11:12am PDT

I was very disapointed in this session. I was really looking to what the presenter thought the interfaces would look like. All he did was kind of whine about it and that everyone should get involved. Next time have a future of 2020 in mind

A. Ali Pasha
07/22/2009 7:11am PDT

It would have been better if the speaker had shown more of the technology than just talking about it.

  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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