apart from my occupation as sound designer, my main focus (since I'm working at a university) lies in media (technology) research, software development, and (sonic) interaction design.
As such I'm excited about the quasi-revolution that is taking place in the user interface realm through the development of tablet devices and the like. Also, software companies such as Native Instruments or Ableton are currently pursuing new ways of human-computer-interaction.
Contrary to this, at the latest audio convention I attended, to me it seemed like the only innovation were the obligatory 16 channel strips added to the large mixing consoles, etc.
Since I'm somewhat rooted in both worlds, I find these developments very exciting, and am constantly thinking of how a new kind of user interface which sort of abandons the old "build a mixing console as a software package" way of doing things, could revolutionize sound-design and mixing. Without any more allusions from my side, I would really be interested in what kind of interaction you envision for your future (computer) work?
I'm also thankful if you have some thrilling examples of nice interaction design for me... I try to follow developments as tightly as possible, but there's so much going on at the moment...
All the best, Julian