Human Computer Interaction

21 Oct

In March 2007 Microsoft organised the ‘HCI 2020’. The event was based around one key question “What will Human Computer Interaction be like in the year 2020?” The report “Being Human – Human Computer Interaction In The Year 2020” investigates some very interesting ideas including what is referred to as the “five major transformations” affecting how we interact with computing technology as we move to 2020

1. The end of interface stability

With the change in technology over recent years “computing no longer has a single interface”. Computing is now embedded and ubiquitous. It describes the “boundary between computers and humans” and the “shifting boundary between computers and the everyday world”. But we must also consider the more computing evolves and the more complex and interconnected it will become it may be more difficult for people to understand how they work.

2. The growth of techno-dependency

We are becoming more dependant on computing. We not only use computers to create documents and in the workplace but “computing now underpins every aspect of our lives”. What will happen if we become to dependant on computers and what skills will we(humans) lose as a result?

3. The Growth of Hyper-Connectivity

We live in a more socially connected world but what if we “end up in a state of extreme connectivity that will invade the human need to disconnect?” Simple actions can now have global implications for example Internet Memes such as particular YouTube videos that gain millions of viewers in such a short period of time.

4. The end of the ephemeral

Managing our digital footprints and living in an increasingly monitored world. With the rise of social networking we now store our memories online. New laws and protection rights will have to be introduced as we move towards 2020.

5. The growth of creative engagement

Advancements in technology enable us for more creative uses of computing. Computers are being used for all different reasons by many different kinds of people. For example computers are used for work, play, research, teaching etc

Overall it suggests that we need to keep human values at the core of future HCI. In order for me to improve HCI it is important for me to understand how our relationship with computers is changing and the challenge’s future HCI will need to address.

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