Computing in the year 2004

Bruce Tognazzini, Sunsoft,

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University February 18, 1994


People cannot be expected to ride the information highways of the new millenium in a 1984 car, and yet that's how long it has been since we have made fundamental changes to our current visual interfaces.

Today's interfaces struggle to make sense of the contents of a 100 meg hard disk. What will happen in a decade when people have instant access to the 100 million documents that comprise the Library of Congress? A team at Sun Microsystems has spent the last 2 years attempting to answer that question. "Starfire," a video prototype currently reaching completion, is the result.

Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini, project leader for Starfire, will be previewing key scenes from the film for the first time anywhere. You will see what this second-generation graphical/video interface looks like on its 988 megapixel display, and how it could integrate people with their computers, their tasks, and with family, friends, and collegues scattered around the world.


"Tog" is the author of Tog On Interface. He is a Distinguished Engineer in the Human Factors organization at SunSoft. He has been designing human-machine interfaces for better than 30 years. He spent 14 years at Apple, where he led at various times both the Apple II and Macintosh human interface efforts before moving to Sun to launch the design of Sun's new interface for the next century.


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