Saw this video today and thought “Yep, that’ll be our lives”
Augmented reality is something that will be a major part of tomorrow’s world. While it won’t be as ubiquitous as in this (I don’t see people throwing away their trinkets in favour of space for private achievement collections); I do imagine that every spare surface will be plastered with advertising. The idea of paying for an ‘ad free’ version of the software will die out, or change from its current form (with free versions of Words With Friends, for example) as it is those who can pay for such a service are exactly who advertisers want to target.
I reckon the really nerdy people will develop ways to ‘watch’ your incoming data stream, to see through their eyes. If you knew whether someone was googling you as you talked to them, or distractedly flipping through old emails, you’d have a very good idea of what they were thinking about. THAT will be fun.
I can’t wait for this, when you can have bubbles containing people’s facebook pages, google, linkedin and private website information floating above their heads. I already do often secretly google interesting people I meet. It would be fun to do so while I meet them.
Zoom options: Particularly one for pupil tracking, to monitor someone you’re talking to’s levels of stress and/or arousal. Obviously you can also use it to perv on someone a long way away.
Replay mode: Useful for deception and micro-expression recognition.
Other frequencies of light: Using infra red to track heat signatures, to see which cars have recently been driven, how people’s skin is flushing, or ill, or whether a hotplate or kettle is okay to touch.
Immediate upload: So that your last moments are viewable for police investigating your untimely demise.
Turn-by-turn instructions mapped onto the road in front of you.
This is a quote from Carl Sagan which comes from a photograph transmitted back from Voyager 1 as it is hurtling out of our solar system and catches it’s last glimpse of earth.
This quote always blows my mind. It’s not just Sagan’s peculiar voice or pace, but also the concept that the sheer scale of human endeavour is wholly limited to a ‘mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam’.
It is a truly provocative notion. While coaching I often confront a client with their own mortality, to challenge their sense of self and purpose, this is a whole new idea. That pale blue dot is so alone, so fragile, and it’s bigger than everything I’ve ever been able to care about.
Your thoughts? Do ideas like this inspire you or scare you?
It’s quite bizarre that public speaking is such a terrifying thing. Most of the other fears we suffer are rational because they’re dangerous and should probably be avoided like death, heights, and cats. Speaking to groups is a strange fear because it is something that, when done well, will improve almost every aspect of your life. A great speaker will always be destined for greater successes (personal, romantic and professional) when compared with someone who doesn’t speak to groups at all.
So, stop being scared! If you wait until you’re not, you never will.
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Any frequent reader will be well aware of my obsession with TED.
I am consistently amazed that they can find people who can speak so eloquently and humorously about such nerdy topics. Perhaps they offer training, or maybe they just refuse all the really nerdy ones. In either case, it’s cool. They are making intelligence sexy and complex ideas accessible for dullards like me. Now we can feel smart.
I also love the cranky monkey!! How pissed off is that little guy!?
Usually information alone will not cause a change in behaviour. Most people need an experience or an emotional payoff to adjust long-term patterns; but there are some ideas that once heard, ferment in the brain. They percolate through the thoughts and you’ll find them popping up again and again.
Confirmation bias is (as you may know, or be able to guess) that habit we all have of looking for evidence which supports our beliefs. We’ll ignore or discount the relevance of evidence which contradicts our beliefs, and overstate the accuracy of stuff which seems to confirm them. This probably explains why 90% of people think they’re of above average intelligence. Because being smart is a nice thing to think about oneself, we’ll look for the proof. After hearing of the confirmation bias, I would constantly find myself thinking “Am I very perceptive, or is this this just my confirmation bias at work?”‘
Well here’s another of those insidious ideas. This TED talk I saw long ago, and has been bubbling through my mind since then. The idea that Dan Gilbert is voicing here is that being able to choose (anything – career, wife, which brand of chocolate to eat) does not make us happy; but simply through the act of choosing, we are doomed to be unhappy. Hidden within that scary and paradoxical idea (how could we choose to not choose!?) I see a glint of hope for a different way to be.
Thanks to @JustSewTired for the discussion that lead to the post.
Rupert Murdoch supports SOPA. We are neither surprised, nor any less certain we are doing the right thing to oppose it.
Artists – my friends.
Don’t believe the people who pay you – they pay you scraps and confiscate your content, enslaving you to sing for your supper. They invent celebrities to sell bullshit, the glamour and proximity of that keeps you shackled to a false hope; that having an agent, getting signed, going to the gym or extending your education will be a sure-fire way to get you there.
That won’t happen. The odds are worse than Lotto.
Those things do help, but the real possibility for exposure, of making a difference, is through the internet. With the marvels of technology, you can deliver high-quality content, to people all over the world, INSTANTLY!!!
The people who get paid to delay, and release, and package, and advertise, and print, and waste resources, and useful human lives; to make content delivery cumbersome, controlled and costly are exactly the people who oppose it.