Thursday Jul 28, 2011

Back to Childhood in UI Design

Here is the video of my presentation at Hyperkult: Back to Childhood - Infantilization of UI Design. After the talk Ivan Sutherland pointed out that the TX-2 was just build to prove the concept of a computer based on transistors. The four black knobs below the screen where not build in specific for Sketchpad; they rather controlled directly the value for four memory registers that Ivan used for scrolling and zooming the image on screen.

Back to Childhood - Infantilisation of UI Design from mprove on Vimeo.

German paper and references: Zurück in die Kindheit – Infantilisierung im UI Design.

Monday Jul 25, 2011

The Art of Engineering and The Engineering of Art

Ivan Sutherland gave a talk about "The Art of Engineering and the Engineering of Art" at Hyperkult conference in Lüneburg. You might wonder where Lüneburg is. Depending on your location, it is likely to be in a far far away country. But for me it is almost between home and the Oracle office in Hamburg. Without further ado, here is his 1:22h talk_

Ivan Sutherland: The Art of Engineering and the Engineering of Art from mprove on Vimeo.

More Sutherland on this blog.

Monday Dec 20, 2010

Sun Founders Panel 2006

I was a little concerned when I realized that a video has vanished from a Computer History Museum's page at the time when Sun's website was reorganized during the transition to Oracle. It was an intriguing panel with Sun founders and pioneers Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Joy, Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy, and John Gage. Ironically I remember the quote

"Get them on tape before they die."

And if you have them on tape, keep the video up regardless of any changing situations; you are a museum! But here is the good news (thanks Oliver): The webcast is still available on YouTube. Enjoy!

Some quotes at A Tribute to Sun Miscrosystems: A Night to Remember

sun systemnews Jan 4, 2011:

Redundancy is sometimes the salvation of technology. Certainly in the case involving the supposed holdings of the Computer History Museum, without redundancy and YouTube, the Sun Microsystems Founders Panel (Bill Joy, Andy Bechtolsheim, Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and moderator John Gage) would have vanished forever since the video disappeared mysteriously from the museum's web site during the confusion around the reorganization reflecting Oracle's acquisition of Sun. Now, in all their glory, the founding four, courtesy of YouTube, share their personal stories of the early days at Sun.

Friday Oct 22, 2010

SocialChat about the Next Big Thing

You can ask the oracle about The Next Big Thing. Or you can listen to the tweets of a guy at Oracle thinking about The Next Big Thing at one of our weekly SocialChats. Read top-down and try to fill in the parts of the invisible guys:

  • For me it is very helpful to distinguish between invention and innovation. If you want to know what is the next big thing, you have to look for the inventions from 10yrs ago.  
  • 10 years might be the time they need to gain traction in the market and turn into innovation. (innovation := inventions with market success)
  • Flying cars is a good example. They exist. They fly!
  • E.g. a smartphone similar to the iPhone was invented by IBM in 1993.


  • There is no single path through history of technology. The similarity between iPhone and IBM's device is, that they both are based on touch.
  • I think analysts and the press are not close enough to the research labs. They have to provide good stories to entertain their audience. But in the early stages of innovation the stories are hardly existing and not very convincing -- like the flying Moller car.
  • Bruce Sterling gave up. He says there is nothing left to write about that makes really interesting science fiction.
  • Minority Report was a real research project for the science consultants. No science fiction at all. See John Underkoffler's TED talk.  
  • Just a shame that we are not using hypertext in the original sense. I mean, why are we satisfied with the current state of the art? May I post another talk? 45' Ted Nelson at ACM Hypertext 2001
  • The question "What's the next big thing?" is too good to being answered on the spot. What is going on in the research labs now? Provides insights regarding technology. What is missing? Provides insights regarding user adoption.
  • Do we have anybody in the chat who participated in Oracle IT2020?
  • My IT2020 prediction
  • But I have one more. Bill Buxton's closing keynote at ACM Computer Human Interaction Conference in 2008 really impressed me. There are only my notes left. Basically he draws the connection between the artist and the environment.
  • Who would have been Mozart without the forte piano and the concert halls, and a society who appreciates his music?
  • The same is true for research scientists and their customers and users.
  • And one for the road: reconstructed slides and notes from Bill Buxton's talk On Being Human in a Digital Age - enjoy! and have a nice weekend. -Matthias
Recommended Podcast: Paul Saffo at Longnow: Embracing Uncertainty - The Secret of Effective Forecasting

Friday Jun 11, 2010

SirValUse Celebration Snippets

10 Jahre SirValUse

Snippets from the event:

PS_ Programm, Abstracts und alle Präsentationen
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