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Why The Human Body Will Be The Next Computer Interface

March 11, 2013 | Howard Lichtman


Story and Images by Fjord / CoDesign

By now you've probably heard a lot about wearables, living services, the Internet of Things, and smart materials. As designers working in these realms, we've begun to think about even weirder and wilder things, envisioning a future where evolved technology is embedded inside our digestive tracts, sense organs, blood vessels, and even our cells.

As a service design consultancy we focus on how the systems and services work, rather than on static products. We investigate hypothetical futures through scenarios that involve production/distribution chains and how people will use advanced technology. Although scientifically grounded, the scenarios proposed aren't necessarily based on facts but on observations. They are designed to create a dialogue around technologies that are still in science labs.

To see the future, first we must understand the past. Humans have been interfacing with machines for thousands of years. We seem to be intrinsically built to desire this communion with the made world. This blending of the mechanical and biological has often been described as a "natural" evolutionary process by such great thinkers as Marshall McLuhan in the '50s and more recently Kevin Kelly in his seminal book What Technology Wants. So by looking at the long timeline of computer design we can see waves of change and future ripples. Here's our brief and apocryphal history of the human-computer interface.

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