Steve Mushkin / @latddotcom

KIDGENUITY:
WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM KIDS INVENTING FUTURE TECHNOLOGY

ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit June 14, 2011

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

—Albert Einstein

—Female, 10, Melbourne, Australia

WHY TALK TO KIDS?

1.  They like to be asked.
They have a very 2.  intuitive relationship with tech. They can be a window 3.  into future tech. They’re creative, and 4.  often have practical solutions. Even 5.  ideastheir wackiest reveal patterns that are insightful and grounded.

Photo by Cia De Foto on Flickr

STUDY: CHILDREN’S FUTURE REQUESTS FOR COMPUTERS & THE INTERNET

Photo by Markus Kwan

Our Participants

We asked 200+ kids across the world, ages 12 & under, to draw their answers to this question:

“WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR COMPUTER OR THE INTERNET TO DO THAT IT CAN’T DO NOW?”

INSIGHT 1° Human Computers: More Intuitive & Interactive

77% of kids illustrated a tech idea that called for more dynamic, human-level responsiveness (often anthropomorphized as robots or virtual companions).
Photo by Markus Kwan

1° Human Computers: More Intuitive & Interactive

“I want to play virtual mind-reading games.”
—Male, 12, Sydney, Australia

1° Human Computers: More Intuitive & Interactive

“The computer becomes 3-dimensional and, instead of a keyboard, it’s controlled by voice.”
—Female, 11, Copenhagen, Denmark

1° Human Computers: More Intuitive & Interactive

“Help Computer: it knows what you are thinking and does it for you—both touch and voice controlled.”
—Male, 8, Brisbane, Australia

1° Human Computers: More Intuitive & Interactive

“I want an interface where we can search, not by text, but by drawing—and get image results with that particular shape or pattern.”
—Female, 12, Mumbai, India

INSIGHT 2° The Digital vs. Physical Divide is Disappearing

Nearly 40% of kids imagined technologies that bridged the gap between virtual and physical experiences.
Photo by enfad on Flickr

2° The Digital vs. Physical Divide is Disappearing

“I’d like to go through the computer to the places that are inside it.”
—Female, 4, Medellin, Colombia

2° The Digital vs. Physical Divide is Disappearing

“I’d like to touch the things that are in the screen—feel and move them.”
—Female, 7, Barcelona, Spain

2° The Digital vs. Physical Divide is Disappearing

“I’d like it if my computer could convert images or food and make them real.”
—Female, 10, Pakenham, Australia

2° The Digital vs. Physical Divide is Disappearing

“The Food Printer”
—MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Group

2° The Digital vs. Physical Divide is Disappearing

“I’d like to paint and draw right on the computer screen and have it show up.”
—Female, 8, Ogden, Utah, USA

INSIGHT 3° Technology Should Improve & Empower Us

1/3 of kids invented technologies that would empower them by fostering new knowledge and skills.
Photo by laihiu on Flickr

3° Technology Should Improve & Empower Us

“I want to video kids on the other side of the world using a different kind of language.”
—Female, 7, Warwick, RI, USA

3° Technology Should Improve & Empower Us

“I want a computer that gives easy help with math homework.”
—Female, 12, Victoria, Australia

3° Technology Should Improve & Empower Us

“I want to make up my own video game.”
—Male, 8, Kennewick, WA, USA

3° Technology Should Improve & Empower Us

“I wish the computer could be faster than a plane or a car and not waste time, taking me from South Africa to the USA in seconds.”
—Male, 8, Pretoria, South Africa

INSIGHTS°

1.  ME = TECH Human computers: more intuitive & interactive 2. TECH = WORLD The physical vs. digital divide is disappearing 3. ME = WORLD Technology should improve & empower us
Photo by Samuel Mann

POSSIBILITIES FOR CREATORS OF CONTENT & TECHNOLOGY EXPERIENCES°
1.  Games and entertainment with real-world outcomes 2.  Advanced mastery and creation 3.  Robots: the next generation of HCI

Photo by Chris Willis

“I want to watch movies (for a fee) currently being screened at the cinema.”
—Female, 11, Sydney, Australia

“I want a robot that would help me pick out fashion clothes and dress me everyday.”
—Female, 8, Potchefstroom, South Africa

“There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It's a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you 'play' with them!”

     

—Richard Feynman

KIDS INNOVATION & DISCOVERY STUDIES (KIDS)° AN ONGOING LEARNING & INNOVATION SERIES
•  Children’s Future Requests for Computers & the Internet •  Robots @ School •  Trash to Treasure

KIDS invites children from across the globe to tackle big ideas in structured problemsolving scenarios, providing valuable insights for educators, technologists, and society.

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Presenter: Steve Mushkin steve@latd.com
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