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April 20 2009
User Experience in 2050
The company could soon be strangled in a lawsuit as the virus
Somras had invited short stories on this theme a couple of
will compel this cerebral implants to compromise the primary
weeks ago. The canvas was left blank. The style was yours to
condition on which they were allowed for commercial use –
choose – fact, fiction, fantasy. And some of our staff really let
‘The interface should not be allowed to think on behalf of its
their creativity unwind. From wanderings in the idyllic Ram
Rajya days to visitor-friendly Bengaluru to the outbreak of a deadly virus affecting the cerebral-implanted computer… here
Adding to the soap opera is public outrage and protests due to
are visions of what today’s usability professionals foresee
rumors floating around that this could be a yet another rogue
tomorrow’s user experience to be.
marketing campaign by the automobile and cell phone industry, which is witnessing a dead end with introduction of
Win42/Deepthought.worm Outbreak Alert
telepresence, a feature made possible by Cerebral implants.
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Automobile sales have been dwindling as telepresence has 20 April 2050
rendered traveling obsolete.
Citizens world wide are advised against googling any
The cells know it all
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‘Golgafrinchans’. Doing so has millions of users worldwide
Omnipresent accessibility, seamless integration and natural
infected with the Deep thought
interfaces will define the user experience in 2050. The
Virus with several users even
metamorphosis of a phone into a web browser, a music
facing what was once called
player, an organizer, a camera and a video player is already
Blue Screen of Death.
complete. Here's my vision of what cell phones will be in 2050.
The virus exploits security venerability in the Pre-think™ technology of Microsoft Windows Cerebra Home Platinum
In another 41 years, we shall
Premium Plus™ edition. Pre-think is the technology that helps
find cell phones everywhere
the cerebral implanted computer to know what the user is
around us. Everyone will have
going to think about. Which makes virtually everything
one and data/voice rates will
be rock bottom too. The end user experience – remember
Symptoms of infection alarmingly vary from victim to victim,
the digital watches in 80s
often depending on victim’s personality. Some of the early
when everyone had about 10?
symptoms of this virus are where the cerebral implanted
That's how phones will be -
computer starts sending 50 year old Santa and Banta jokes to
Dirt Cheap. Everyone will
the auditory canal. On sporadic incidents users have also
have several, each accessible Kadam th
Illustration by Shantashree
complained hearing spoilers of climax of to be released 25
over the same cell phone
sequel of The Matrix, sending unsuspecting victims into a
number. On some day one may want to wear a cell phone
state of trauma and self denial.
integrated with a watch, on someone may wear one integrated in a necklace.
As a terminal development of the infection many users are found in a suspended animation where the infected computer
Cell phones would be integrated with services everywhere
overrides perception of needs. For instance the computer
and the means of interactions would be natural. Imagine a
makes the user believe s/he has already had coffee before
necklace that changes color to show state: red for unread
they think about having a coffee.
emails, blue for a voicemail, etc. One would interact with it via voice, gestures, even body movements like flick of the wrist.
Mean while this drama has left the Redmond Company red faced as it advertised Pre-think™ technology as the best thing
Integrated services would redefine interaction. Consider this,
since Self-Opening Clamshell packaging.
I’m out and the phone tells me that two of my friends are
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having a cup of coffee right by the corner of my attorney's office. It could on my command sync with their calendars and let them know of my wish to catch up with them. On my way to catch up with them, my phone already orders a white chocolate mocha pays for the same directly via my account. All I actually do is pick up my coffee, meet my friends and talk. It would even click a photograph of this brief rendezvous and post it on my blog with an interesting discussion on the world economy that we had.
Illustration by Pallavi Jadhav world. It was green everywhere and the air was clean. The "Go Green" campaign started for environment protection in the later part of the 20th Century had borne fruit. There was now clean water for everyone, clean air to breathe. Nature had returned to its majestic best. I was amazed, puzzled, intrigued. I decided to make the most of this. First thing I needed was a camera, to capture these sights, but did not know how or where to find a store. I leaned on a tree lost in thought about what to do next when Illustration by Shantashree Kadam
a laser screen projected in front of me instructing me to select what I was looking for. I could not make out what was
I also expect the cell phones to be powered by mechanisms
happening. When I turned around, I realized that the tree
that charge the phone when shaken in hand or bounced on
was called a "Help Tree." During my stay, I noticed several
the floor. Bored of a phone and think you have already used
of these "Help Trees" that were actually a guide to visitors
up its value? Toss it in the river where it would disintegrate to
about what they can find where.
its organic constituents in a couple of days. I found a store. As soon as I selected the store, the path to it Note: This is story is based on already available/ in research
was illuminated, helping me reach there with no difficulty. I
bought a camera the size of my palm. The camera was quite something in itself. It allowed for scaling the LCD
Kyunki...Tulsi kabhi boodhi nahi hogi
screen. And on further using the camera, I noted that it
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prompted me when there were interesting sights around.
When I stumbled upon a circular object while walking on a
All this stunned me and left me gaping with wonder. It was
street one day, I had no idea it would have such an impact on
unbelievable. I decided its best to go with the flow and enjoy
me. It was the FutureDial, a dial that lets one select any year
it rather than stay stunned at the experience and probably
in the future and live in it as long as one wishes. Of course, I
miss out on any of these lovely surprises.
had no idea this was the case until I positioned the dial at 2050. I was instantly transported to a whole new place, time
Now I needed a hotel to stay in, so I used the Help Tree to
and environment. An experience that's etched in my mind for
locate one. On reaching it, I requested for a room. A paper
form was given to me. On filling my name, it auto filled my entire details on the LCD Screen located on the desk. In the
It was a pleasant morning in Bangalore, the IT capital of the
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signing area, I had to provide my finger print. Finger Print? This day and age? I was surprised but nevertheless, did give it and asked for the keys. The pleasant doorman informed me that the door to my room would open up when I am in front of it. I wouldnot need keys. And yes, it did. But how? The finger print actually didnot record my finger print but my DNA. The DNA sensor at the door matched both and opened the door when I was in front of it. Fantastic. Now I had a place to stay, I decided explore this wonder world further. I walked into a "Transport Store" as it was called but it was nothing but a Shoe Store. When I enquired, I was told politely that the Shoes fuelled by Solar energy worked as individual vehicles, with the needed controls in them. It gained speed as you walked and with a bit of training, you could go up to speeds you desire. Incredible, yet true!
Illustration by Shantashree Kadam
Here people spoke in a strange voice. I learnt that it was a
Extreme WiFi and Miniaturization: I live in a small hut
digitized version of human speech - so encoded that the
deep inside the forest. By then all products will have shrunk
ones intended to hear it would be the only ones to hear it
to miniature size and so I will not need a big house for my
and understand it - no matter how far they are. And when
accommodation. There will be wifi connectivity beyond
one wanted to send a large parcel to a distant land, it was
broadband such that I can live and be anywhere in the world.
put in what looked like a Shredder. The screen above allowed the sender to put in the address. Once done, it
Musion® Eyeliner™: No traffic congestion and pollution as
shredded the large parcel into minute particles, only to be re
the body will be transported electromagnetically or at least
-assembled at the destination automatically.
with the help of two way real time hologram I am virtually there where I just think I want to be.
Further, I saw a child talking to its grandfather who was in a different city, both connected through the internet. What was
Cloud Computing: The Google sort of will be in air, I just
so amazing about this? The child held his grandfather's hand
ASK and get a answer back like Bhavishyavani, I don’t need
while they spoke.
to carry any specific gadget.
All this was incomprehensible, like I was in a magic land.
Energy: I will be able to use sun light, wind, water flow, my
With fairies and their wands working their magic all through.
body temperature to power all the devices around me.
And then I saw the unbelievable, the greatest magic of them
Is it extreme to say I would not need any product in specific
all. I happened to switch on the Television and there I saw
form as I will be able to create and use things I need from
Tulsi in Kyunki Saas bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. With not a single
surrounding with such Scattered Technology.
strand of white hair on her head. “Technology everywhere, Experience everywhere.”
Idylls of the interface B Y R ISHI M ATHUR , M UMBAI
Yours, automatically B Y A DITI K ULKARNI , M UMBAI
While thinking about interface and technology in 2050, I started walking back in time, taking clues from mythological
Although it's tempting to say the world may end due to easily
stories and the great grand Ramayana. What I wish is that
accessible nuclear materials, let's ignore that ending
technology advances to that great a level that it takes my
(however inevitable it is). They (pseudo-scientists) say that
experience back to the idyllic days of Lord Ram – the Ram
the mere fact that I have predicted it reduces the probability
of it actually happening to zero.
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2050 will be an age of automatic everything. I know it sounds cliché, but please read on: Interfaces will be seamlessly
With nothing to do and starving for emotional diet once
integrated everywhere. Scientists will have finally figured out
again, he decided to go to the parlor. The receptionist
how the brain works (completely) and a continuous stream of
greeted him and explained the working of the machine. Once
entertainment will make sure human minds are eternally
turned on, the user can think of his favorite incident that he
would like to play again. The machine would then reconstruct
There will be no torrent search, no illegal internet downloads, no discussions of which movie you like and why, no blogs, no websites, and no reviews. Artificial intelligence will understand what you like and create and deliver it simultaneously, a stream of everything you ever wanted to consume. Google should own everything by then, and will have turned into a mega-huge corporation that scans your brain for ideas on the next big product. A typical virtual day would be: I log out of my office application and login to my personal web-space which entertains me until the next day when I have to login to office again. Sleeping is reduced since I consume very little
Illustration by Shantashree Kadam
physical energy. My social needs are satisfied with the appropriate entertainment streams. No one is unhappy
the event using images stored in the user’s mind. It could
because everyone gets whatever they want, whenever they
also replay a collage of other events in which the other
want, and there is no energy crisis since nobody has to actually travel anywhere.
actors associated with an event were present. The user would see the collage as floating images, from which he can then select any particular image to replay the incident
It's all really convenient for everyone.
machine. Starting from his childhood days, he glided from
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one incident to the other, feeling a rush of emotions in his
It was the night of 31st December 2049. The whole world
veins, just like a snowboard surfer, surfing down the hill.
Excited, he quickly got himself wired up and started the
was mad celebrating the arrival of New Year. He however, had nowhere to go - no friends, no family. So he did what he
He lost track of how much time passed in this journey of the
always did. He switched on his laptop to check his emails
past – the ocean of memory was overwhelming. Suddenly,
and chat with some of his colleagues who lived a life almost
the images went blank and there was total darkness. He
similar to him. Alone, aloof, productive employees –
heard somebody calling his name. It was the receptionist.
connected due to their disconnection.
She said, “Excuse me sir, but your mobile has been ringing several times, since the past one hour.”
Suddenly, his eyes caught hold of an email which said, “Memory Parlor: Revisit that dusty trail in your mind”. The
He received the call. It was his boss. “Where have you been
email was an ad of a product describing a machine, which
since the 31st evening? It’s 3rd January 2050, the industry is
would allow the user to re-project the images and events
on the verge of depression - an emotional downturn!”
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