This past Sunday, a technological innovator by the name of Lawrence Tesler passed away at the age of 74. This article by the New York Times recounts some of his work and influence on modern technology, like the apple mouse and the fact that it only has one button. What he’s probably most known for, however, are his innovations in how we directly interact with computers. He introduced many features standard to any computer, like the ability to copy and paste and even simply opening files by clicking them. His main focus was designing things to be simple and natural for the user.
Reading this article made me wonder: how would we interact with computers today if not for advances like his? These features that we take for granted every day were at one point not even thought of.