The recent post about the “Starfire” video led to the discovery of the “Knowledge Navigator” video. This video by Apple predates the “Starfire” version from Sun by six years. Considering that it was built twenty years ago, it is very interesting.
Some of the technology has arrived (like flat screens and video conferencing) but the artificial intelligence and decent speech detection are greatly lacking. Like the “Starfire” video, it is more people based than just about the technology. In fact, this video presents a very transparent view into how this kind of technology would blend in.
Around 1994, Netscape decided to call their web browser Navigator. I wonder if there was any connection.
For a more detailed analysis of “Knowledge Navigator” please read the summary at User Interface Engineering blog.