International Forum on “Less is More - Simple Computing in an Age of Complexity” (LessIsMore2005)

Venue: Roger Needham Building

Location: CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Apr 27, 2005 End Date/Time: Apr 28, 2005
Registration Date: Mar 26, 2005
Early Registration Date: Mar 31, 2005
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 07, 2005
Paper Submission Date: Apr 01, 2005
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Microsoft Research Cambridge is organizing a unique forum in April 2005. Computers continue to become smaller, cheaper, more powerful, ubiquitous and more diverse and yet for many computing is still associated with the desktop device. As a consequence, the potential of computing to shape, improve and change the social, cultural and creative fabric of society is limited. This Forum seeks to understand how computing will be able to affect the way we all live, work, learn and play. By thinking about computing for all rather than some, for the old as well as the young, for those in remote locations as well as those centrally located, and by designing for those with needs very different from those of our own, the Forum hopes to help define how computing and computers could become a ‘natural resource’ for any and all, wherever they and whatever they do.
The event will include refereed papers, posters and panel discussions.
Topics include amongst others
Technical solutions for simplifying life
Social applications of technology
Simple and attractive computing environments for children
Manual not included
Keyboard-less computing, no mouse, no screen
Integrating technology in a domestic environment
Augmenting family life, have fun together
Non-intrusive robots and other automata

Keynote speakers are Bill Buxton ( and Scott Jenson (


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