Search is changing, and quickly. The transition from fingers flipping through a library's card catalog to Texas Instruments' Silent 700 took several centuries. And the shift from keyboard entry on clunky thermal paper dumb terminals to netbooks took 40 years. The jump from keyboards to touchscreens is happening now. The keyboard works well for text entry, but it sets hard boundaries on how queries can be run by limiting the query to text entry. The implications of touch search include: 1. Physical devices such as touchscreens enable new types of interfaces. 2. The notion of "strings of actions" is redefining search. 3. The intervals between big technical leaps are still decreasing.
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