Touchscreens won’t kill the keyboard — entirely, Microsoft researcher says (gaming electronics)

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If youre afraid the future of touch-enabled smartphones, tablets, and PCs are going to rip your keyboard from your cold, dead hands, fear not.

Researchers from Xerox PARC and SRI International joined Andy Wilson, principal researcher at Microsoft, Tuesday at a Churchill Club forum at SRIs headquarters in Menlo Park to ponder this question: how will users interact with computers that are beginning to see, hear, and think for themselves?

The question had relevance, if only because one of the most famous digital assistants, Apple’s Siri, spun off from SRI. SRI also birthed Nuance Communications, which recently told PCWorld that its working to develop its own Siri-like assistant that will love you .

But the discussion also prompted another question: if tablets, phones, Windows 8, and the Chromebook Pixel are teaching us to use touchscreens and speech inputs, will there be a day when the keyboard becomes the equivalent of the floppy disk and simply fades away?

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