As you may know, the people of Scotland are holding a referendum today to decide whether they wish to remain part of the United Kingdom (UK) or to become fully independent and "go it alone." Actually, before we continue, it might be worth our while to pause for a moment and explain the difference between terms like England, Britain, and Great Britain, which can be confusing to people who don’t live there (and even to people who do). Here's what I say in Wroting Inglish -- my ongoing hobby book project I'm currently in the process of writing:
Let’s start with the fact that England and Scotland are kingdoms, while Wales is a principality. Britain refers to the combination of England and Wales. This name was made popular by the Romans when they invaded the British Islands around 2,000 years ago. By comparison, Great Britain refers to the combination of Britain (England and Wales) and Scotland, while the United Kingdom refers to the combination of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Also, while we’re on this topic, there’s a difference between the terms “British Islands” and “British Isles.” The British Islands consist of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands (the principals of which are Guernsey and Jersey), and the Isle of Man. Meanwhile, the British Isles is an archipelago consisting of the two large islands of Great Britain and Ireland, along with over 6,000 smaller surrounding islands.
There, you see, it's all quite simple really. (Well, it would be a lot simpler if you could see the illustrations in my book, but we'll save that for another day.) Anyway, the reason I mention this here is that a friend sent me a link to this video showing two Scotsmen in an elevator (lift) that doesn’t have any buttons. Instead, it boasts speech recognition technology.
In turn, this reminded me of some other "user interface parodies" I've seen over the years -- some that are "old chestnuts," some that deserve to be called "classics," and some that have only recently appeared on the scene. Take a look at the following and tell me which you like the best.
Incidentally kudos for providing the list that allows you to go to any page at any time. All too frequently I want to clip a passage from page 5 of 7 (as an example) and I have to click through 5 pages to get to it.
Let me tell you, -- i am with you all the way. That code is great i am going to use that technique of the list. I've been raving to Max about it. Never again will i use code some editor stuck in the 1990s gave me. I'm going to use Max's code. That's why they call him Magnificent.
The lift one is hilarious, I have known about that one for a long time. After we got it all you had to do was say "ullevun" in the office to get everyone ROFLOL. I think I posted a link to it in a comment some time ago but it's very timely at the moment and as funny as ever.
As for the rest, I am about to leave for work where I don't have You Tube access :(((( so they'll have to wait for tonight..
With a South Afrcican accent in North America I have had many similar experiences as the two scots in the first video. My cell phone carrier introduced a voice interface and it struggled with my accent. Actually it was fine with my accent- it didn't understand and didn't care, just like the video. I struggled with my accent. In particular it could never resolve the word "yes". I had to resort to "yeah"- that worked every time.
@Antedeluvian....yep, been there. The first cellphone I got when I came to Australia - a Kyocera - had voice commands. I was with an Australian colleague in my truck (with a car kit) when the following occurred:
I'd still say the Scottish elevator one is the funniest.
I also liked the Ikea BookBook and the medieval help desk - I love anything that takes the mickey out of our supposed high tech.
And the Interface of the Future one was good. I'm surprised they did not have a waste basket beside the "desk" that you could toss stuff into. And if they could get this so you had a pile of bills and could right click them and then click "pay" and it would automatically interface to your bank and pay it without having to go to your bank's website, that would be good.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.