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January 08, 2014

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Vladimir K

Hi Tomi,

If I agree with you that AR will take a great place of our lives and of the economy, I’m not as enthusiast as you about its benefits for people on the long term. Of course, it will let us to get more information, more quickly, more easily (i.e. user friendly), but do we need that, and is it good to us ?
Call me retrogressive, but each revolution gave to the humanity benefits, but also issues.

I’ve read few books of doctors, of scientists who agree about the fact that many diseases come from these revolutions. Humans became less and less active, used more and more processed food, move less and less ; in short, I think we can say humans become lazier and lazier (use of a cars or other means of transport, even for short journeys, food is bought, not hunted or picked, machines replacing humans etc.).

Now we’re in the “super-information” era. We get a lot of information very quickly. In some ways, it can be good, as we’re better informed.

For example more people are informed of fore coming storms, of events happening in the other side of the world, of the delays in transportation systems, of good/bad quality of products without having to buy them… so in one hand, it’s cool. In another hand, we know this easy and fast access to information leads to problems.

Too much and too fast = not enough time to double-check information, so how can we be sure it’s reliable ? See, more and more journalists just copy-paste tweets or other articles, most information nowadays is unverified. Is it still good ?

Talking about social networks, I remember a South Park series about Facebook, which was quite true ; nowadays, one has to have a FB (or twitter account), and to use it. And then, one is aspirated in the spiral of people tweeting, posting, instagraming every 20 seconds, and don’t even think of not answering a tweet, a poke, a comment… don’t even think of not “liking” pictures of friends you never met in reality. All this is time consuming, a time not used reading, discovering, creating… living.

Some Swiss/British studies pointed out a correlation between information and depression. Can you imagine that we’re in general more depressed than our forebears, who witnessed world wars ?
That’s quite weird when you think about it.

So again, call me regressive, but I fear that like with all past revolutions, AR will give us some advantages, but no less abuses, and that’s why it will be successful.

Chenobyte

@Vladimir K

You make several excellent points and I agree with you on all except those relating to the use of Facebook and Twitter.

You do *not* have to use these to function successively in the world today - despite what "they" all say.

I know many many people who want and have nothing to do with either of those or the social network (d)evolution as a whole - and as one of them I can promise you that this in no way effects my quality of life or my work (I'm an IT consultant so you'd think I'd be all over this).

It is the ultimate case of the Emperor's New Clothes - at some level everyone knows how stupid and pointless it all is but no-one wants to say anything.

I feel ashamed that after 2 million years of evolution and these incredible bio-computers in our skulls we spend it tweeting empty nothings about trivialities, watching youtube videos about babies falling over or playing "Farmyard" (or whatever its called).

I just hope whatever's coming next has more value to the race as a whole - if it's AR then great.

But I fear as you do, that this will come with many side effects.


Vladimir K

@Chenobyte :

What I describe about Facebook and Twitter is the caricature made by South Park : Stan is mocked because he doesn't have a FB account, so his friends create one for him. Then it's a spiral as people around shout at him because he didn't add them as friends, or didn't reply to pokes.

That was 4th episode of season 14 if I recall. Despite caricature, it's unfortunately still close to the reality.

I'm in IT too, but I have to admit that my best holidays were spent without computer, telephone or even TV ; the only piece of technology I allow is a Michigan's V8, preferably in a convertible Mustang to please my wife and myself.

Again, all these technologies are nice, but have serious side-effects

* About Twitter : well of course you're not obliged to, but I had to create an account just for Jolla, as it's the only channel they use correctly (on twitter, answers come in minutes, by support, they come in... weeks).

P.S. why do we twEEt on twItter ?

Nhick

Great numbers and still counting eh.. Keep us posted.

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All of the mega successes, facebook, twiiter, whatsapp, sms, were about communicating with peers.

So, the most likely killer application in AR will revolve around communication. Say, sharin yoir current experience, e.g., Google glass like.

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