Visions of the Future

This section presents of several visions of the future of human computer interaction. Videos are shown and discussed in class. Readings are all optional.

Readings from Baecker Grudin Buxton and Greenberg


Active Badges are a personal locator system. This is a great video for discussing the ethics of privacy. I usually introduce the notion of a programmer's social responsibility, and ask them what they would do if they were asked to implement a system that could violate a person's privacy. Tactile manipulation of a digital desk is an intriguing prototype of a system that integrates a physical desk and a computer display. Virtuality, Inc. is a tongue in cheek look at virtual reality, and what it would be like if it were freely available. Also good for discussion issues in the social use of computers.

Last updated September 1997, by Saul Greenberg