Interface Innovation

OS Opinion article on new interface concepts including Gelernter's Scopeware, Inxight Star Trees, Web Map Technologies, and IBM's Blue Eyes.

As the sheer number of files increases, the system, invented in Palo Alto, California, brought to us by Apple and made ubiquitous by Windows, becomes even more cumbersome.

Hundreds and sometimes thousands of documents are stored in ways that could hardly be called structured. We are essentially storing information the way we did when FDR was president -- in a bunch of filing cabinets stuffed with folders full of information.

Alternatives to the graphical interface include three-dimensional software, "knowledge maps," "intelligent guides," and even intuitive machines that pay constant attention to our smallest gestures.

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