books is still not particularly sophisticated, search over movie-length videos may well prove problematic and
require alternative approaches.
The future of user interfaces will involve support for natural human interaction, gesturing with fingers, speaking rather than typing, watching video
rather than reading, and using IT socially rather than alone. This article
has explored why these trends will also
affect user interfaces for search, highlighting recent work reflecting these
trends. Using advanced processing
techniques over huge sets of behavioral data, future search interfaces will
better support finding other people to
answer questions or provide opinions,
more natural dialogue-like interaction,
and information expressed as non-textual content through non-textual
input. More-natural modes of interaction have long been goals of interface
design, but recent developments have
brought them closer to reality.
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Marti A. hearst ( email@example.com) is a
professor in the school of Information at the university
of California, berkeley, with an affiliate position in the
Computer science division. she is the author of Search
User Interfaces, Cambridge university Press, 2009.