Imagining Technology Futures – part 4

New Interfaces are another area in which we can expect to see change. Since the development of the mouse and touch screens we have not seen any significant improvements in how we interact with devices.

However, over the next few years we will see a move away from textual interfaces and towards newer kinds of interfaces, such as Microsoft Surface which is just an extension of the current HCI (Human Computer Interaction).

The ultimate future trend is about evolving the HCI into a BCI (Brain Computer Interface) using non-invasive methods.

Significant research advances are taking place in relation to our understanding of the BCI, and this effort is largely driven by medical needs. Neurological rehabilitation is a need that is driving the development of this technology. There are already a number of prototypes that enable disabled people to direct a thought command to drive prosthetic devices. Previous incarnations of this type of technology looked at implanting devices into people, but now the direction is non-invasive BCI devices, perhaps using wearable technology?[Image: Nick Hodge asleep on one of two Microsoft Surfaces in Australia]
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Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.

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  1. For the record: this is a new Microsoft Surface with a brain-scan / brain-wave / mind-reading feature.I am testing this by reducing my alpha-waves and increasing my CPU cycles to match the Microsoft Surface in an effort to synchronize the interface.This is an unannounced feature of the Microsoft Surface, so please don’t spread this around on the internets or anything.

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