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April 22-25, 2003, Santa Clara -Explore. Invent. Connect.


Personal Interfaces
Kevin Lynch, Adobe

Track: Keynote
Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: 9:30am - 10:15am
Location: Santa Clara Ballroom

The application interface techniques we see in computers today, such as cut/copy/paste, windows, and modeless interaction, were developed in the 1970s by Alan Kay, Larry Tesler, and a team at Xerox PARC, building on the innovation of Doug Engelbart, Ivan Sutherland, J.C.R. Licklider, and others in the 1960s.

The Internet is now evolving into a worldwide operating system with distributed data storage, distributed computing, and real-time communication. This provides incredibly fertile ground to create a new generation of applications, but so far we see little improvement in these, and in many cases users of the Web have been sent back thirty years in terms of application usability.

In this talk, Lynch discusses the emergence of personal interfaces that provide great experiences for users in the world of information surrounding us.

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