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Golden Krishna, Senior Designer at Samsung Innovation Labs, wants to upend the way we think about user interfaces. "Our love for the digital interface is out of control," he says. "It has become our answer to everything." If he has his way, the future of Samsung consumer electronics might work more like the Nest thermostat, which learns about your favorite temperature, or a Mercedes-Benz automobile, which automatically unlocks when it detects the keys in your pocket.

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It's been more than a decade since Minority Report hit theaters, but its influence on product design doesn't seem to have waned — much to the dismay of designers like Christian Brown. In a recent piece for the Awl, Brown bemoans Steven Spielberg's disproportionate influence on interface design, arguing that Minority Report's futuristic vision has fueled misguided dreams of gesture-based and touchscreen interfaces that don't really add much to a product's function — "interfaces that look good, rather than... work well."

"Human hands and fingers are good at feeling texture and detail, and good at gripping things—neither of which touch interfaces take advantage of," Brown writes. "The real future of interfaces will take advantage of...

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