Its interesting to see how the author predict in the phase three that the technology will surge invisibly in every home and office, giving the fact that it was written way back in 1996s.
I think the text is interesting because of its time of record. In 1996, my family had owned a few PCs from a lucky relationship my dad had with a computer software person who convinced my dad that computers were essential to his children. To see a premonition of the internet age and the idea of "calm technology" being this type of term for what we would consider "fomo" or fear of unknown. Is it right to assume that this is still an issue? That not everything is accessible to every degree and there's a lot of hidden information?
Passive technology was one thing in reading that struck me because I had never thought of it that way. In one sense i would think of music in passivity but I wonder what steps and types of privacy we'd have to give up (in terms of spying and things being connected to the internet.) Like Alexa and Siri then bringing that even further around us.
I think its really interesting to hear about the time when computers were operated by professionals and experts only, this is a time I've never experienced. I think this kind of thing also highlights how important UI/UX designers are at creating systems that are easily grasped by everyone and not just people who are highly trained in an operating system.
With how active technology is becoming, is there really a place for the design to be calm? Is the calm moving away from a quiet and moving more towards an active?
We expect so much movement online yet if there is no movement, people would panic. In the present or near future, is calmness the steady flow of activity?
It's interesting to see this article predict the future of the internet with it's accessibility and how commonplace they would become in society. Is there even more ways to define these trends and what they hold for the future. We are living in that future of availability and information overload. What is the next step? Where can we go from here?
It’s amazing how spot-on Weiser and Brown are in this 1996 article. They successfully predicted when (2005-2020) computers would be imbedded “in everything,” and how commonplace and unremarkable this would be—just as electricity and writing were at the time, and still are. Additionally, they even acknowledged the importance of design to help people handle the potential “information overload” that surely comes with regular internet use today. But today in 2019, can we honestly say our ‘peripheries’ have not been ‘overburdened’? I certainly feel sometimes that more often than not, information uses me and not the other way around. I’d be curious to know how the authors feel about this today.
The idea of basic human relationships with technology is mentioned especially in part 3 of the UC era. Since this was written in 1996, some of the ways technology was said to be used were predictions that today are a reality (technology in light switches, cars and chairs). Based on the reading how likely is it that other technological advances listed will become a reality in the future?
The reading says that calm technology is good at empowering the periphery (things that provide information but aren't necessarily the center of our attention). How are some ways we can empower the periphery in our designs?
In the Coming Age of Calm Technology, accessibility plays a huge role in how in creating era's of trends. What ways has accessibility defined these trends in technology? Given the circumstances of today's day and age can one speculate what trends the future holds?