where’s my Knowledge Navigator?


While reading an interview with Alan Key, one of the fathers of the modern GUI, I found a video produced by Apple for a future product called the Knowledge Navigator.

The video shows a product with a touch interface much like and iPad but the primary input device is discussion with the Navigators AI persona, who takes and makes phone calls, sends messages and pulls and compiles data through anticipation and voice commands.

Why I’m curious

Ever since Star Trek, people have been enamored with the idea of talking to their computers. Search products like Siri and Google Voice Search are attempting to be the first mass products in this space with various degrees of success. Is the development and adoption of technologies like the Knowledge Navigator just a matter or time, or, like the clunky Star Trek communicator, will our future solution be much more advanced?


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