“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
-Alan Kay (Early meeting in 1971 of PARC, Palo Alto Research Center, folks and the Xerox planners)
The above image is taken from an application for the Apple Iphone that was briefly available for purchase from the online app store. The sole function of the application, costing $999 U.S., was to display a text “I am rich, I deserv [sic] it, I am good, healthy & successful” when pressed.
While at first laughable, the relationship between image and exclusion, logo and status is not far removed from other luxury items, from cars to clothes. It simply exists as a marker of status and perhaps as a meta-commentary on the luxury status of the iphone itself and the relative futility of many of it’s custom built features.
So if we can perhaps agree that this application is not for us, what then is an application that fits with our needs or desires. As Alan Kay encourages us, “the best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Kay was one of the foundational minds behind Xerox Parc and the invention of the GUI or graphical user interface. Today we will be brainstorming and pitching software or applications that exist in the future we would like to see.
Here are some example videos showing how other new applications or software have been introduced;