Apart, from the most onomatopoeic of sounds, spoken words perform the equivalent function as the written text and whereas speech between humans has a high fidelity of emotional intention bandwidth, its duration is limited to working memory plus long term memory for words which made an immediate impact to be stored in long term memory. Spoken commands and spoken replies from AI will become an ever more important aspect of how we interact with our information environment (such as via Siri, Cortana and Bixby) but that also does not detract from the power of visual symbolic thinking.
Even if the problem at hand does relate to a physical space the notation will unlikely be ‘photo-realistic’, it will be a symbolic ‘map’ to some degree. Photo-realistic imagery, both synthetic and recorded, on screens and in headsets, will continue to play an important role in human cognition and will provide new opportunities for rich interaction but that does not detract from the power of visual symbolic thinking.
Whether the user employs speech interfaces or interacts with the information regarding the problem on a large computer screen, small smartphone screen, in VR or AR, there will need to be some representation of the symbols.
Even a DBC is just an interface, it will need to interface with something. This is why the issues surrounding visual symbols thinking are deeply human and deeply intertwined with multiple future interface technologies – just because Doug Engelbart’s imagination allowed him to produce useful systems in the 60s does not mean the scope for innovation is in any way exhausted.
I try to work on systems to provide ways for citizens to have a better understanding of politicians (through AI & etc.) and for them to better understand issues and to understand themselves better, but again and again, the real problem which raises its massive head is that right wingers do not want to understand or help solve problems, they are only acting out of their emotions of fear of ‘others’ and of love for symbols, most particularly ‘freedom’ as long as its freedom to protect oneself from others or to belong to a symbol group such as a country, ‘military’ but not actual people with whom they do not share ‘roots’.
In Britain and in the US many of these people are angry because they feel the ‘liberal’ elite have taken their ‘liberty’ so they vote for outsiders to give them back this liberty but all these outsiders promise is to protect them from those who are slightly different and to reduce the size of their most powerful resource; government.
Is the only way to deal with this a massive revolution is social care and education for future generation (which the current generation would hate, as hand-outs are for the weak and education just breeds liberals…)? If so, how do we do that and if not, what else can we do?