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Friday, April 16, 2021

The Big Redmond Machine is looking beyond the decades-old cursor-and-icon method of computer operation, to “natural user interface”, or NUI, interactions:

[Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie] predicted that hand gestures and voice commands will soon replace the familiar keyboard- and mouse-driven “graphical user interface,” or GUI, we’ve all become accustomed to. “The whole concept of a natural user interface model is a big bet we’re making,” Mundie said.

Uncharacteristically bold of the Windows-maker. Shouldn’t Microsoft wait for Apple to pioneer a NUI system, and then copy it wholesale for fun and profit? I mean, that strategy worked so well the last time out. Why mess with success?

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 04/16/2010 10:23 AM
Category: Business, Tech
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If the Museum of Modern Art was counting on a classy clientele keeping their hands to themselves amidst the naked performance artists in the “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present” exhibition, they underestimated patrons’ temptations to press the exposed flesh:

Rebecca Davis, a performer who has been out for several weeks with a back injury unrelated to the show, said she, too, had been surprised by the number of unsuitable gestures. She recalled her shock at hearing that “someone was grabbed in their private parts” the first weekend of the show, and recounted how a woman, perhaps intoxicated, clutched the fingers of the two people in “Point of Contact,” in which two immobile performers stare and point at each other.

“She was probably thinking she was playful, but the act itself seemed aggressive,” Ms. Davis said.

Maybe the offending gropers mistook MoMA for the Museum of Sex, several blocks downtown. Or maybe Abramovic should follow popular demand and stage her next retrospective in the latter museum.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 04/16/2010 10:06 AM
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Society
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