I would also like to see some high-end graphics tools. I am envious of people right now who can make movies readily. It is a very powerful communications medium that ought to be part of statistical software. I would like to see more integration of mathematics tools like Mathematica. Somebody ought to be addressing memory management; eight megabytes on a Spark workstation may not be enough, depending on the software I am using.

I would like to have more involvement with standards. For example, I am not sure that the standards that are developed are always optimal for statistical analysis. For instance, there are some defaults on the Iris workstations for projection that may not produce exactly the projections I would like for stereo. But at some point they even get built into the hardware, and so I have to program around them. It would be nice if in some areas we could get involved with the standards, both for hardware and software, and that boundary is getting closer all the time.


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