What is the perfect human-computer interface?

I also must somewhat disagree with Seth.

Currently much of the Brain-computer interface (BCI) research has been focused on re-enabling discrete sensory impairments, and it is argued that much of the BCI research is rooted in an old-fashioned and increasingly outdated cognitivist perspective.  This cognitive perspective fails to account for much of what happens when humans interact in the world. 

A growing body of research from fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, psychology, learning, and human-computer interaction are finding that humans understand, learn, and interact with the world in a much more sophisticated way than purely cognitivist theories can explain.  Theories of Embodiment are providing a much more complete understanding for these scholars.  For example, many of the advances in robotics in recent years have come from letting go of purely cognitive theories and applying modern theories and philosophies of embodiment.

Therefore, in order to truly complement the ways in which humans fundamentally interact and understand their world the "perfect" human-computer interface needs to be situated outside the human body in order to interact as part of a social and embodied world.

3 Replies to “What is the perfect human-computer interface?”

  1. Short answer: Brain computer interface 40-50 years from now.  Long answer: The perfect human computer interface is focused on the human.  Work backwards from how people actually interact with their environment and each other towards the ideal interface.  We use all of our senses, but some circuits are wired deeper and have quicker access to the neural matrix.  The somato-sensory system is the most embedded and touching is our first means of communication in the womb and at birth.  After this we have the auditory system wired directly into the lower structures of the neural matrix.  Lastly the visual system is wired in a comparatively long run to the visual cortex in the rear part of the neural matrix.  The perfect human computer interface would be designed with interaction in that order.  Tactile feedback, haptics, voice recognition and auditory feedback, a display for images and moving pictures.

  2. I agree with Jim, but have to disagree with Seth:

    The model of the "Brain Computer Interface" is based on the assumption that humans can entirely control their brain activity. The opposite is true. A direct link into our neural system would theoretically give access to subconscious information that we would not be willing to share – simply because we cannot control it.

    In human to human communication, we decide what to speak out loud and what not. This is perfect. To say more than we actually want to say would be disastrous.

  3. The perfect human-computer interface is a human to human interface. We already know how to do that.  Make the machine understand our language.  It's English, not Calculus, not really that complicated.  It's totally doable, but how do you make a buck from it?

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