The original project-leader on Apple's Macintosh Jef Raskin believes that one day, computer users will have "direct mind input" to their machines.
He told his local paper, the Pacifica Tribune all about it: "We will see a change to simplicity," he says. "People are too fed up with the complexity of computers. And I predict we will see more wearable, head-mounted displays. We will eventually have direct mind input; we could do it now."
Raskin is well known for his work in human interfaces for computers. In 1967 he published a paper that said computers should be graphics-based, and wrote about a mouse-like pointing device for computers in the same decade.
Castigating Microsoft's interfaces, the report says: "The best interface is a wooden handle attached to a shovel head, but the way it would be designed in Redmond would see the shovel head attached to an enormous complex tractor-machine with levers, hydraulics, buttons and bells."
"I invented 'click-&-drag,'" Raskin claims. "Nobody else was using 'click-&-drag.'" Nowadays, that alone can be seen as a universal computer element. "Unfortunately, while working for Apple, the company would not allow Raskin to publish, something that kept his importance to the Macintosh project private for too long", the local report states.
Raskin discusses computer software and hardware: "The industry forces incompatibility," he says. "I can't believe I can buy a Macintosh that works like it did 20 years ago," he muses. "I want to change things again."
With so much to consider, the software designer who imagined a world of "connected computers providing infinite bits of information to people sitting at home in front of user-friendly machines" is no great fan of television:
"We ignore television's view of the world," he told Pacifica Tribune: "My kids don't know about drive-by shootings. TV offers a steady diet of murder, robbery and mayhem of all sorts. We haven't given up having dinner together as a family. Do you really have time to watch TV at night? I don't know how that is possible. The last time the family sat down in front of the TV was 9-11."