John Underkoffler starts of by talking about how, around twenty five years ago, the Macintosh fundamentally changed the way people thought about computation, computers and how they used them, and that it was such a radical change that the early Macintosh development team had to write an entirely new OS from ground up for it. Referring to the advancement in fundamental supporting technologies, he talks about how one can buy more graphic power in less than a 100 dollars, and that same power would cost a million bucks from SGI a decade ago.
He goes on to demo a few projects of his and the ‘g-speak spatial operating environment’, as he call it and ends by saying that in five years time from now, when you buy a computer, this will very much be part of what you will get with it.
About John Underkoffler
John Underkoffler owns Oblong Industries, a company he founded to move the g-speak spatial operating system into the real world. Oblong is building apps for aerospace, bioinformatics, video editing and more.
Before founding Oblong, Underkoffler spent 15 years at MIT’s Media Laboratory, working in holography, animation and visualization techniques, and building the I/O Bulb and Luminous Room Systems.