Wednesday 16th May, 2012
12:00pm to 12:40pm
There is no question that social networking has significantly impacted the nature of the on-line experience, from an experiential and economic point of view. My sense is that the impact of those changes are going to be matched, and perhaps even exceeded, by the social networks that are going to emerge amongst the diverse range of devices with which we connect to, and interact with, the web. As I have said for years, the diversity of web browsers tomorrow will match the diversity of ink browsers (a.k.a. paper) today. Likewise our expectations and experiences with them – collectively as well as alone. The presumption of this talk is that, working backwards from such a future, we can make better decisions around planning today. If nothing else, the narrative will hopefully help us frame a discussion around doing so.
A Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Bill has had a 30 year involvement in research, practice and commentary around design, innovation and human aspects of technology. Following a 20 year career as a professional musician, he morphed into a researcher at Xerox PARC, then Chief Scientist of Alias Research and SGI Inc. He has been awarded three honourary doctorates, is co-recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, received an ACM/SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the ACM. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and Distinguished Professor of Industrial Design at the Technical University Eindhoven. Besides his family, mountains and rivers are his first love.
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