4 D Computing: Life comes at us polydimensionally

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4 D Computing: Life comes at us polydimensionally

  1. 1. Joe Raimondo Design Anticipation http://www.designanticipation.com
  2. 2. Theodor Holm Nelson—Inventor of Hypertext “…imagine if the computer had been invented by the movie industry…”
  3. 3.  “We need a user interface to manage performance across 5 dimensions.”  Try to think in 5 Dimensions. NOW!
  4. 4.  “We need a user interface that supports a true multi-dimensional approach to enable people’s effort to be captured and processes across dimensions of client work, operations, and for capturing knowledge.”
  5. 5.  We operate multi-dimensionally (in life-x,y,z, and t), but do we think multi-dimensionally?  If we do think multi- dimensionally, then do our information tools reflect this? Yes and No
  6. 6.  Multi-dimensional Interfaces 1991- present “It’s a Trap.”
  7. 7. Spotfire: 3-D Visualization tool 3-D via 2-D with no t
  8. 8.  1st assumption of computing design: Scarcity  Force the user to compromise to the device  Batch tasks and processes  Process over UI and UX at all costs  Until very recently, motion, movement and physicality were not considered in computing design
  9. 9.  Important shift: From task processing to Agent Design Current Design model supports isolated,  serial tasks then models, renders, and manipulates them in a 2-D field, aka Windows The WIMP Paradigm cannot transfer to an  agent processing  Putting the user in a 4-dimensional field is critical for enabling agent design and processing
  10. 10. Bucky Fuller’s Geoscope: One device that allows us to “recognize formerly invisible patterns and thereby to forecast and plan in vastly greater magnitude than heretofore.”
  11. 11.  Imagine having all the world’s data in your hand Many of you do now  But what can you DO with it, now?   What’s missing?  What would it take to build an agent generation and processing system that provided an accurate map of our goings- on and movings-about?  It probably wouldn’t be something you’d build with a 2-D display and a mouse (you can and you do, but it’s hard.)
  12. 12.  A fruit-y device—you want to eat it  Pineapple Is Not Emulating APPLE  A poly-dimensional transceiver  A device to drive “agent design spheres”  Intrinsically collaborative Drives use of a poly-projector to interact in quasi-  3-D graphic space  Enables development of collaborative event- scenarios
  13. 13. + = Original Paper/Design developed February 2003
  14. 14. A prospective design for a 4-D computer
  15. 15.  Accelerometer array—novel x,y,z percepticon unit Flexible OLED display  Axially mounted motherboard  Patented 4-D input-output and time  transducer Soft, see-through keyboard  Input/Output componentry for networking,  cellular communication, GPS “Poly-projector” outputs cell components to  a projectable surface Poly-room—360° by 360° room with users on a floor in  the center
  16. 16.  Life really comes at us Poly-dimensionally Dimensions within dimensions—they become  pliable within different contexts  How do we think about designing devices that reflect this poyldimensionality?  We are shunting our exquisite hunter-gather sensory system down two narrow dimensions  Manipulating the t dimension still escapes current design paradigm
  17. 17. For better or worse, everybody loves DARPA Design is for any complex command-and-control application: military, utility, media, financial
  18. 18. “Bloomberg of the future” Remote for the 1,000,000,000 channel universe The true Personal Digital Assistant of the future – a PDA for an agent-driven, Semantic Web
  19. 19. The Polyopticon™ allows users to pull and push applications in context and in real-time
  20. 20. •Ignores the triumph of the device • What do I make “mine” here? • Where is there a “time” in this interface? • Does i
  21. 21. “…Furthermore, the sources of Black Swans today have multiplied beyond measurability. In the primitive environment they were limited to newly encountered wild animals, new enemies, and abrupt weather changes. These events were repeatable enough for us to have built an innate fear of them. The instinct to make inferences rather quickly, and to “tunnel” (i.e., focus on a small number of sources of uncertainty, or causes of known Black Swans) remains rather ingrained in us. This instinct, in a word, is our predicament.” - Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan, p. 61

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