Digital technology is undoubtedly evolving and as a result, today’s humans are evolving hand-in-hand with machines and their emerging technologies.
Analysts are now saying that the divide between humans and machines is becoming distinctively narrow. This may be the case because most leading technology companies are seeking ways that they can incorporate seamless design into new machines. Seamless design is ubiquitous and doesn’t interfere with the flow of their day or their surrounding environment. The user does not have to think about function too much either. This means that traditional deliverable technologies such as Apps, watches, home security systems, and even some gaming systems will possibly disappear in the near future, being replaced with systems that allow for a seamless interaction between user, the environment and the machine.
In the near future, there are very likely predictions that luxury technologies will trickle down and become available to the masses. For example, Virtual Reality systems will go mainstream and will become a common household object. In order for this technologic future scenario to work efficiently, designers and developers need to understand how humans and machines work together. Under this umbrella, there are three different concepts that tech companies, as well as designers and developers have to consider:
1. Machines understanding humans and their environment
2. Humans understanding machines
3. Machines and Humans becoming smarter together
Already, we are seeing machines that possess human qualities and can therefore understand humans and the environment around them. Systems like Siri and Cortana are perfect examples of just the beginning of Artificial Intelligent technology advancements. The use of voice detection and data collection is utilised in order to enhance the users’ way of life. For example, some humans are reliant on asking Siri for the weather or for directions, which will therefore impact on their following actions. These types of systems essentially determine how the user will interact with the real environment around them.
Similarly, humans should have an understanding of the rapidly advancing machines that are being introduced. Machines and their technology are only getting smarter and Bremmen has said that people need to learn to trust these machines and systems. When we have trust in advancing and emerging machines, it’s important that we also feel safe when these machines are automating more human tasks. In saying this, I think that it is undoubtedly paramount that people who are immersed in technology today are aware of how devices and how The Internet of Things function.
When humans understand machines and how they work, it can only lead to a smarter society where technology is comprehensible and relatable. Ultimately, if this scenario is successful, machines and humans develop and become agile and resourceful together in the process.
We are undoubtedly becoming more reliant on technology where we are seeing leading designers and developers working towards seamless design embedded in new technologies. A great example of the future of seamless design is Smart Dust. Smart Dust is a mechanism that is only measured in a few millimetres made up of tiny micro-electromechanical systems like sensors, robots or other devices that can detect things like vibration, temperature or chemicals. It will have access to the users’ day-to-day activities and create an undisturbed and hassle-free flow. For example, Smart Dust rids the need for people to indicate their floor number in an elevator. Instead, the Smart Dust system will detect the arrival of that person and already know what floor to stop at and what room would need to become unlocked.
Although the Smart Dust is expected to be implemented within the next 5-10 years, the concept and the research has been ongoing since the early 1990’s. Perfecting seamless design relies very much on machines understanding humans and their environment, humans understanding machines, as well as machines and humans becoming smarter together.
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