With ever growing automation and practicality, our presence is needed less and less. I urge innovators and entrepreneurs to design their products to require more presence. What do I mean by that?
Exercise the human dimensions.
Firstly the senses: Touch, sounds, smells, visuals and taste.
Second more interaction: we needn’t always have straight path to a function. Why not incorporate back and forth, for example:
– “Hello Siri, can I get to Starbucks?”
– “Oh going for coffee today?”
– “Which Starbucks again?”
– “Closest, it doesn’t matter”
Of course we don’t want to create unnecessary friction to a functionality but there is a balance there which is just enough to keep the person present in the moment.
There’s more to the subject and I’ll leave that open for further development.