The user interface of the future will render the ubiquitous touchscreen to history, Mark Hurd, CEO of technology giant Oracle, has said.
Speaking on Tuesday at Web Summit, Hurd argued that a collection of AI, optical and voice based interfaces will mean that the touchscreen is not only going to become a thing of the past in our leisure time, but also in business environments.
“I think user interfaces will change dramatically in the next five years,” he said.
“This thing that everybody is doing out here that I see: pushing on a piece of glass, people will be showing pictures of that to the next generation, who’ll be saying ‘what in the heck were these people doing?’”
When asked what would replace touchscreen technology, Hurd said that the user interface of the future would be a combination of technologies that would be unseen but ever-present, allowing those in both office and leisure environments to perform tasks using their voice.
“I think it will be voice, optical, all sorts of capabilities,” Hurd said.
“We’ll be able to now, with these new data models, create enterprise apps that can do what you see the beginning of consumer apps doing: be able to give you answers to questions immediately.
“AI will be integrated not just as a solution but integrated deeply into the applications themselves.”
However, Hurd refused to comment on the idea that such a future would give rise to chips embedded in our brains, a notion that while possible, has drawn deep concern from many.
“There’s so many positive benefits of what we’re now going to get computers to do that humans either can’t do, don’t have the time to do, I’d stay focused on those,” he said.