So, I click through the link...
Skim through the article. Interesting points. I can understand some of them. Interaction with physical objects and feedback. Got it. Like it.
I get to the video. Hmmm... But that's kind of cool. I'd like that. Seems like he's complaining about a paradigm shift and being more or less of a Luddite.
Cue ominous music... Drums... Thunder & lightning...
MICROSOFT! WTF? They did something cool? WTF? That can't be from MS! MS couldn't have produced a video THAT cool! No way!
I'm still rooting for surface. If they're going to kill the Courier, at least they can give us one of the cool things they have in the pipes...
My problem is the opposite, really — this vision, from an interaction perspective, is not visionary. It's a timid increment from the status quo, and the status quo, from an interaction perspective, is actually rather terrible.
This matters, because visions matter. Visions give people a direction and inspire people to act, and a group of inspired people is the most powerful force in the world. If you're a young person setting off to realize a vision, or an old person setting off to fund one, I really want it to be something worthwhile. Something that genuinely improves how we interact.
Well, you need to start somewhere. It's a step. There will be more along the way.
What do you expect though? Teleporters, tractor beams, and "Computer, hot apple pie with a slice of bohemian goat's milk cheddar aged medium with jack fruit and vanilla ice cream on a silver platter with oak wood chopsticks and a side of hot twins in bikinis"?
Here's my vision. I imagine things and they happen.
Oh, here's my other vision that I stole:
Apparently I'm not alone in stealing that vision:
If I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill, With no problems...
Dunno... His complaints seem to be a bit picky. Microsoft is about practicality. They're not a "vision" company. The drive possibilities forward. They do not drive imagination forward.