“I Believe That Hands Are Our Future”

by Kevin Makice

Most humans believe the future is supposed to look like this:

According to Bret Victor, however, that’s a limited vision of what humans actually need. In a compelling visual rant earlier this month, Victor made a case for tactile experience as being the future of technology.

“[T]his vision, from an interaction perspective, is not visionary,” Victor writes. “It’s a timid increment from the status quo, and the status quo, from an interaction perspective, is actually rather terrible.”

Victor argues that a tool addresses human needs by amplifying human capabilities. Good design is when the tool can address both. A future that emphasizes “pictures under glass” — an idea well over four decades old — is neglecting any capabilities of humans that take advantage of our dexterity. 300 joints and 600 muscles in the human body afford hundreds of degrees of freedom. “Any dancer or doctor knows full well what an incredibly expressive device your body is,” writes Victor.

“With an entire body at your command, do you seriously think the Future Of Interaction should be a single finger?”

A Brief Rant On The Future Of Interaction Design (November 8, 2011 by Bret Victor)