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Do you think there will stil be buttons in the near future?


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and future people will think of these predictions the way we think of 1950s peoples' predicions


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and future people will think of these predictions the way we think of 1950s peoples' predicions

 

Yeah, some of us are totally aware of that. :)

 

It's an endless cycle.

 

If we think it's different this time, well, tell ourselves to smell the coffee.


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Yeah. Perspective is a good thing...

 

... too much perspective is crippling.

 

Good luck hitting that balance :-)


Edited by WithoutCoincidence, 16 April 2013 - 11:32 PM.

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I think on some industrial machine, it will be easier to have buttons than a touch screen

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I think on some industrial machine, it will be easier to have buttons than a touch screen

that already happened - come the Industrial Evolution, the future will be touch sensors in everything


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I think on some industrial machine, it will be easier to have buttons than a touch screen

that already happened - come the Industrial Evolution, the future will be touch sensors in everything

 

After that, the future will be direct mind-matter interfaces.


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I guess the way to describe it is that touchscreens are killing buttons, but mind-controlled technology will deliver the final blow.

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All of this technology is for ease of use by the consumer. The reason you do not find a touchscreen in factory equipment is because it is utilitarian. Even if everything has a touchscreen surface, I bet you will still find buttons somewhere.

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Buttons work. Simple as that. That is the only reason we use them. If something better comes along (cheaper, more effective etc.), people will stop using them.

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Here is what I think. New technologies, such as touchscreen, and eventually mind control, give more ease to the user( or atleast is supposed to), but are far more complex and difficult to manufacture than simple buttons. I say that where it is worth, buttons will be replaced, but in many areas, it is just not worth it to build a touchscreen or mind control interface.

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Like in a lift/elevator. It is pointless to fit a mind control device, and a touchscreen would cost more than it is worth unless you add new floors continuously. Buttons are cheap, work and do not break easily.

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There wouldn't be individual mind control devices for everything, it would all be a part of one system, similar to wifi. Buttons will some day become obsolete, just like everything else that's ever been created by humanity.

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They might, but I do not see the real benefit in replacing them. And so in the future, you say all devices will be linked into the neural net?

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There wouldn't be individual mind control devices for everything, it would all be a part of one system, similar to wifi. Buttons will some day become obsolete, just like everything else that's ever been created by humanity.

that's funny, I seem to remember clothing and hand tools still existing this morning, Did I not get the memo? lol

 

Not everything disappears. Much just changes shape or style. The things that last the longest are the ones that often times meet the need as perfectly as possible.

 

A knife is a sharp edge that can cut, on a had held level. That goes from rock shards to ceramic and tool steel, up through glassy metals and beyond.

 

a button is a device for changing an inactive feature to an active feature and back again. press it, it turns something on, press it it turns it off. Even changing the volume or channel is an on off routine, activating the signal device that does the action.

 

A touch screen doesn't do better than the button, it's a device that needs power to exist and simply does the same thing as a button. You have to press it to activate it, but instead of being that simple, you need a powered computing system with an OS and touch sensative surface to register the pressing.

 

You might be able to do it with mind control type interfaces. But again it requires the device to recieve and interpret the signals, that would be powered and withh much software. Mechanical buttons just plain work. When they break they are easier to fix than an entire software system to be debugged, power supply to repair, and interface sensors to replace just to get something done.


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Well, future inventions are going to be all about simplicity for the consumer. It may be complex for the designer of the software that powers it, but if it's simpler and easier for the consumer, it's going to be successful. Touchscreens are flat, can change their display and perform an indefinite amount of functions, whereas a button 99% of the time can do only one thing, such as switching a device on or off. The iPad I am currently using has four buttons (and one switch) on it, and they all perform just one function each. One takes it back to the home screen, one switches it on and off, one turns the volume up, and one turns the volume down. The switch just turns the volume on and off. But the touchscreen is what enables me to use the computer for a massive range of tasks.Saying that buttons won't become obsolete to touchscreens and mind control would be like saying horses and carts won't become obsolete to cars 120 years ago.Buttons are physical, chunky things that cannot be removed or have their function changed, whereas touchscreens and mind control are extremely flexible and far simpler to use.

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I still think there will always be a power button. Even now, the most advanced devices still have an on/off switch.

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But when mind control comes into common use, there will be no need. Yes, you are correct, there are buttons now, but at some point, buttons will no longer be required as they give way for more advanced technologies.

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Buttons may still exist in the future but extremely rare cases where they are absolutely needed. But generally they will be replaced by touchscreens and physical gestures as they will be put into it buttons that is. You already see some examples of keyboards in touchscreens but it will extremely refined later on, meaning most of the problems plaguing touchscreens and so on will disappear.



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I think you are very right, bloodymary. There will still be buttons here and there, but in the same way that horses and carts are still used in certain places today. They will be replaced by more efficient inventions.

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I think you are very right, bloodymary. There will still be buttons here and there, but in the same way that horses and carts are still used in certain places today. They will be replaced by more efficient inventions.

That's basically what I mean. In the future, besides some industrial equipment, scientific device etc., most consumer devices and commercial machines will be mind controlled.




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