CUIs Throughout History

CUIs Throughout History

This is a selection of Conversational User Interfaces I’ve pulled-together to talk about the history of natural interfaces and the lessons we might learn for CUIs in the future.
Everything Grows From SEED

Everything Grows From SEED

For the past 6 months, I’ve been working on a fascinating and exciting new project. I’ve dipped more than my toes into the digital currency world, I’ve dived in and started swimming around. We just launched a digital currency initiative called SEED intending to build a token and network to democratize bots and CUIs (conversational user interfaces). I truly believe that CUIs will do for computer what GUIs did to the command line interface: tons more users, uses, and services. I also think that we’re at a critical time when interfaces to AI-related technologies may fall firmly in the exclusive grasp of a few multinationals that have the resources to dominate, own, and effectively regulate this important technology....
SONY Tradecomm interface

SONY Tradecomm interface

In 1994, SONY hired vivid to design the interface for a stock trading system within General Magic’s MagicCap OS for the SONY-branded device to use this system. It was a very limited interface (a small screen with only 4 levels of gray) but a fascinating device. The interface had a place-based metaphor, specifically, rooms, buildings, and a street that users moved between. That’s the reason for the colonnade image (it was what you saw as you first entered the “trading building.”  ...
eShop Tower Records online store

eShop Tower Records online store

Another now failed and abandoned online platform, eShop was a separate online service that was to feature many traditional retailers. This screen was the very start of the Tower Records online store, facing a virtual mall, we were developing before the project was cancelled in...
FOX Video online service

FOX Video online service

As part of our engagement with FOX Online and Delphi Internet Services (which was renamed Real Internet shortly after), w developed this store interface for FOX Video to sell videotapes and merchandise and be a hub for news and events regarding FOX film properties. The interface was developed to perform under low bandwidth conditions and within a restrained color palette (normal at the time). 1994 Participants: Nathan Shedroff: Information, Interaction, and Visual Design, Production Sam McMillan: Project Management...
Encyclopedia Brittanica website

Encyclopedia Brittanica website

In 1997, Encyclopedia Brittanica hired vivid to investigate how their powerful assets could be leveraged into a Web property. I worked with a small team at vivid, as well as a few EB employees, to develop a flexible Web interface that enabled searching and browsing in complex ways. These comps are from one of the prototypes we developed.    ...