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Cortana Theory

The effect of ‘Digital Assistants’ on UX and UI

These past weeks saw the Beta release of Cortana. The sidekick heroine of the Halo series represents Microsoft’s foray into the ever more sophisticated digital assistant field. Cortana, like Apple’s Siri, is intended to support Windows users through a complex mix of AI and audio recognition software.

Virtual sidekicks were long confined to the realms of science fiction. Complex digital (personal) assistants such as Halo’s Master Chief’s Cortana, and Samantha in the recent film “Her” have always seemed much too complex to bring to reality. However, with each passing year and iteration we take one step closer to making that fiction a reality.

What implications does this voice-activated future have on the field of UX – and more specifically it’s counterpart, UI?
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digital-native Theory

Will Digital Natives Take Our Throne?

I spend quite some time of my life learning about digital technology, how it works and all the great things you can do with it. By now I’m quite handy with computers, I understand how the Internet works, and I own and use multiple devices that allow me to be connected 24/7. This interest for IT differentiates me from many other people my age and as that it gives me certain advantage, for example on the job market.

Lately the term digital natives has popped up a lot and it made me wonder not only who these people are, but also why they have become such a popular topic. Rumors are that once these young generations enter the job market, they will put all the rest of us in the shade. I can see that with the growing importance of technology in almost every market, being savvy in the field can be very convenient. But do they really pose a threat to those, who grew up not knowing what the Internet was?

I looked into this new phenomenon of digital natives and I’d like to share some of my insights with you. And no worries, we don’t need to fear the shadow just yet.

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