Pattie Maes was one of the earlier researchers who came prominent about the time that the Internet started to boom.
The ooPSLA 2007 keynote series closed with Pattie Maes talking about Meta-Objects for the World Around Us. Her talk was a fitting bookend to Kiczales’s address in the morning, as Maes described ongoing work at the MIT Media Lab to make available all of the information available to people when they need it as they live their lives — “users” using data and services in context.
There is a huge amount of useful information available online about everything around us: the objects we handle, the people we meet and the places we frequent. However, to access this information we have to completely interrupt what we are doing and use a keyboard, mouse, and browser on either a computer or mobile phone. This tends to be very disruptive and time consuming, and as such we do not usually consult information relevant to our context while on the move. In this talk I will document a series of experiments underway at the MIT Media Laboratory that try to integrate relevant information and services more closely into a user’s physical environment, thereby allowing a user to combine the affordances of the digital and physical worlds in one and the same experience.