Tangible and Embedded Interaction 2008’s keynote speech: The future is not to be predicted, but to be invented!

This evening around 7 p.m. I attended the TEI 2008 conference’s keynote speech by Prof. Hiroshi Ishii of the MIT (Massachussets Institute of Technology)’s Tangible Media Group at the B-IT. It’s a 3-day conference (18-20th February) and Media Informatics students have the opportunity to come and see the keynote speech for free on the first day (today). I found the speech really exciting, so I really enjoyed the free-ride 😀 Attending the whole 3-day sessions? No way! Aber warum? It costs around €600!!!!! Maybe I’ll consider attending such a conference when I become a big-wealthy-guy 😀 haha….

So Prof. Ishii started the speech with the history of Tangible User Interfaces, then he pointed some key differences and advantages (of course) with the (mighty) Graphical User Interfaces, got into several examples and ongoing researches, and finally ended the talk with some future visions and encouragements.

Below is a picture of Prof. Ishii presenting the talk grabbed from my Indian friend’s picture gallery, Vinay. Is there any connection with the number 1 and MIT? No, at least not in the scene below. It’s just a slide showing that he started the reasearch at the MIT, hence number 1 is used 🙂

TEI 2008

TEI 2008 – Prof. Hiroshi Ishii conducting his keynote speech

The last quote he used before ending his speech was very interesting to me. I forgot the exact words used, but it’s approximately like this:

“The future is not to be predicted, but to be invented”.

4 Responses to “Tangible and Embedded Interaction 2008’s keynote speech: The future is not to be predicted, but to be invented!”

  1. 1 dinautami February 20, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Are you saying that you’re the one that’s going to invent Long Distance Sex???

    Oh No..my children..stay away from uncle daffe /jk

  2. 2 Dafferianto Trinugroho February 20, 2008 at 9:45 am


    hahahaha…. just an idea. I haven’t learnt anything about those tangible technologies in details. Still too far from an invention perspective 🙂

    Beste Grüße,

  3. 3 efrian February 20, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    hey dude..its the opposite of my thesis about uncertainty…, which concern about forecasting….

    but its cool…i like the idea and i have the same opinion with him, that future is to be invented, not predicted

  4. 4 Dafferianto Trinugroho February 20, 2008 at 5:39 pm


    Hi there… Wow, good luck for your thesis!
    I dunno whether he really meant it or not, but it was in the end of his speech and for me it’s more like “Let’s continue our researches”.
    So will you spend the final semester in Wageningen?

    Beste Grüße,

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