Mr. Clippy - The Take 2 of Human-AI Interaction

Mr. Clippy - The Take 2 of Human-AI Interaction

Jul 29, 2023·

2 min read

Do you remember Mr. Clippy?

If you've got as many miles on the clock as me, you'll probably recall this little animated assistant from the glory days of Microsoft Office. Clippy was our trusty sidekick, always ready to introduce new features or guide us, step-by-step, through the complexities of our tasks.

Back then, as we were finding our way around new software interfaces and interaction patterns, having a digital assistant like Clippy on hand was super useful. But as we grew more tech-savvy, we didn't need our ever-eager helper quite as much, and eventually, Clippy was retired.

Fast forward to the present, and it feels like we've come full circle. The rise of AI and other cloud-based technologies have us exploring new interaction paradigms all over again. In a way, it's a bit like déjà vu. Wouldn't it be kinda cool if we had a modern Clippy on hand? This time around, instead of guiding us through software, this AI assistant could support us in our day-to-day work, and in a language we understand.

When you think about it, the realm of human-machine interaction is going through an exciting phase right now. We're seeing shifts as significant as those we experienced between the 1960s and 1970s when the likes of Douglas Engelbart revolutionized the field with his human-computer interaction theories and practical innovations like the mouse and graphic interface.

Today, we're at the cusp of another transformative moment, with natural language processing taking center stage. Now we can interact with machines more intuitively, using speech. This shift towards speed and natural language use is setting the stage for a surge in raw data creation, and that's where AI comes in - to help us make sense of it all.

Isn't it mind-blowing to consider how these developments could herald a new era in human-computer interaction? Personally, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the next Clippy-like breakthrough.




当你思考这个问题时,你会发现人机交互领域正处在一个令人兴奋的阶段。我们正在看到的转变与1960年代和1970年代之间的转变一样重大,当时像Douglas Engelbart这样的人通过他的人机交互理论和实用的创新,如鼠标和图形界面,革新了这个领域。




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