Future Premises for FMH Designs and Scenarios

This collection of future premises are intended to establish a common set of underlying assumptions concerning the conditions of the future for the FMH community. Some of them are more, some less trivial, but all of them can and should be challenged when necessary. However, such a challenge should be justified with evidence or explanation, as these premises will (in due course).

Kari-Hans Komonen 1998

Homes - as well as other locations - will be equipped with very capable digital resources, such as networks, processors, servers, storage, connections; their location is not technically dictated but instead a design and usability issue; they utilize wired or wireless connections as appropriate.

Devices can be as small or large as necessary; size and form factor is in most cases a design, application or usability question, but not so much a technical challenge or a cost issue.

Software will "speak" interaction languages that make seamless interaction between them possible. Business, service providers, authorities, public services provide UPI (User Programming Interface) software interfaces that make seamless integration of various processes, combination of services from different providers and creation of highly customized and efficient (from a user point of view) ways to use services possible.

Devices are typically composed of universal components that can easily be connected, mixed and matched - these form a platform that can deal with any kind of digital data formats and can be dynamically reconfigured for new uses with new software, depending on design and negotiation between the user and the producer.

The rights to privacy, intimacy, identity, anonymity are considered basic human rights and secured and protected with strong technology in such a way that the person herself/himself is in control and can decide who gets access. Digital extensions of personal identity are considered as untouchable as their biological counterparts (such as the brain, organs, memory).

The right to access the digital dimension and to have a homestead there and the necessary basic tools for conducting interactions, transactions, communication, is considered to be a basic citizen's right in most countries.

To a great degree, people own at least a share in the information that is generated about them, and can always have a high level access to it.

Real world concepts and material objects have virtual representations and can be identified and located as easily as in the real world now

Sustainability is a big issue and waste production is extremely costly - fixing things and recycling are favored - as is moving information instead of matter.

Connectivity is ubiquitous and highly, but of course not absolutely, secured, scalable, multitechnological and transparent to users.

Practically all content is available also as a digital version and can be referenced and used partially, in such a way that authors get a compensation for that use.

People do not have to rely only on user interfaces that software or service producers have developed, they also have personal, customized user interface tools for different interaction needs according to their preferences and use styles.

To aid in managing and coordinating interactions with digital entities people can - and most do - employ a personal agent, a personal assistant, a digital entity. The personal agent represents the user in interactions with other software when necessary, manages the knowledge about the users preferences and carries out assignments for the user.

Interaction with software can be based on gestures, speech, sounds, natural language, position information, and gaze. Software can recognize written and spoken text, melodies, voices, facial features, symbols. Software can synthesize fairly good quality speech.