Utopia is… touch screens and surfaces

Nicholas Carr thinks these kinds of techno-utopian videos are creepy. I’m not sure about that, although both of these videos are some what homogeneous and perhaps a little ‘antiseptic’ – but they are marketing pieces, not true works of science fiction. They actually remind me of rather badly thought out ‘perfect’ user journeys. If you want something a little grundgy, try William Gibson.

For more on Microsoft’s vision, see their Office Labs site.

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3 thoughts on “Utopia is… touch screens and surfaces

  1. There is some true to that – someone invented a washable keyboard to deal with that problem in hospitals. Maybe it won’t be touch at all (think Kinect or even Siri)? Or will they have to invent someway of making them self-cleaning?

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