The Coming Age of Magic
Mike Kuniavsky, Co-founder and Principal, ThingM
Date: Wednesday, March 28
Time: 8:50am - 9:35am
Location: Douglas BC
How can we explain new technologies in a useful way when how they actually work is highly complex and interrelated?
The desktop metaphor was useful for twenty years as a way to structure and explain information-processing technology. I propose "magic" as a metaphor for structuring interactions with embedded information processing technology. It is behavioral, embedded, widespread, and it's easy to explain it as a metaphor (i.e., that it's not true, but a useful model). The manuals for magical items have been written for hundreds of years, now it's possible to make the objects themselves.