Evolution of Computer Interfaces

In my Introduction to Computer Science course today we were talking about the evolution of the interface.

CLI – Command Line Interface
Where we typed in the command line.

GUI – Graphical User Interface
Mouse and keyboard.

NUI- Natural User Interface
Interacting with computing devices in natural ways like talking, gestures, etc. We are just at the beginning of NUI.

But as we talked, I always try to help students see beyond and I asked “what's next.” As scary as it sounds, looking at the facts, the BUI was what we came up with – Biological User Interface– where we will interface with devices that are part of us.

So, computers are going to move from being all around us (NUI) to inside us (BUI). I personally am ok with risking technology – if it crashes or blows up, I just lose a computer, but I, for one, don't want anyone hacking my brain or nervous system.

It was a great conversation, though, with extremely bright kids. The kind of conversation that made me sad when the bell rang and some kids even lingered behind still talking and asking questions. Entering a classroom-wide flow state while learning has to be one of the coolest things about teaching.

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