@entreprecariat I do think you might have been half-right about touchscreens. There was a lot of hype circa 2007-2009 about how "gesture-based" UI and large multi-touch systems would be the new furniture. But other than the experts who pinch-zoom, almost all interaction nowadays is with a single finger or the simulated on-screen keyboard on a tiny screen. All those big touch-tables that design schools bought for big money have been sitting in closets collecting dust since then (often next to the VR gear).
@praxeology@entreprecariat Yes, like the MS Surface Tables that every designer/design agency bought around that time. I feel like one huge missed opportunity is to fundamentally reimagine the dominant metaphors of "consumer" computing (for lack of a better term). The "desktop" is starting to fade, but all that replaces it is a void with a grid of icons. The desktop also provided a metaphor for interoperability between applications (i.e. files), where these void-apps have no such push towards a shared metaphorical space.