This page is a compendium of thoughts on issues relating to human/computer interaction (HCI).
The page contains a continuing article on multimodal natural dialog--the conjoint use of speech, gesture, and gaze in communicating with computation. I believe that style of interaction to be the "ultimate interface," and have titled the article accordingly.
Additionally, there is commentary on HCI broadly, such as opinion pieces on issues relating to people and computers, people and cognition, people and computation.
I'd like to hear any comments from readers on any or all of the issues raised. Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard A. Bolt was a founding member of the MIT Media Lab, heading its former Advanced Human Interface Group, and later helping to launch the Lab's Things That Think (TTT) Consortium. Before that, he was a member of the Architecture Machine Group, precursor to today's Media Lab. He has lectured nationally and internationally on computer topics, and is author of The Human Interface, published by Van Nostrand.
[At the present time, the links below are open only to members of the Media Lab]
Number 1: The Ultimate Interface
Number 2: The Ultimate Interface, cont.
Number 3: The Ultimate Interface, cont.
Number 4: Smart Things and English Butlers
Number 1: The Ultimate Interface, cont.
Number 2: God and Computers
Number 3: Noise
Number 4: Some Notes on HapticsVolume 3
Number 1: Adieu, Darwin...
Number 2: Potpourri I
Number 3: Notes on User/Agent Dialog
Number 4: The Multimodal InterfaceVolume 4
Number 1: 3 Key Issues in Multimodes
Number 2: Potpourri II
Number 3: The Ultimate Interface, con't.
Number 4: The Ultimate Interface, con't.