Historical InterludeIvan Sutherland’s “Sword of Damacles” HMD was a much AR as VR, circa 1968.FWIW: by comparison, your speaker was born that same year.
What we’re really talking about is• Augmented Perception– We see, hear, touch a world of digital information– It becomes as important (to us) as the physicalworld is today• Augmented Interaction– We can more easily interact and communicate byexpressing thoughts, emotions or natural actions– In so doing, we can even affect the physical world
QuestionIf you could have anysuperpower,what would it be?
Every game-changing technologycan be seen as a human superpowerAirplane(primitive teleportation)Telephone(primitive telepathy)Television(primitive clairvoyance)Computer(enhanced intelligence)Google(primitive omniscience)or(the power to know everydumb fact in existence)Facebook(primitive omnipresence)or(the power to keep up with friendsyou couldn’t be bothered to call)Twitter(primitive omnipotence)or(the power to believeyou’re important)electricity(directed energy)Wheel(primitive telekinesis)
Augmented Perception and Interactionadds something to all of themBi-Location / LifeSurfingHolographic Telepresence Spatial EntertainmentPerceptual IntelligenceX-Ray / Ground Truth LifeStreamingZeitgeist / GestaltCrowd-SolvingCreative Projection
In a Nutshell• AR/VR is not a kind of device or specific experience.• It’s an enabling infrastructure for new superpowers.– Like the “internet of things” but for people and places.– Like the “interwebs” but tied to the spaces we inhabit.• It’s about people, places and things, wired together ina current of ideas.• It’s about unleashing a kind of magic into the world…
Did you say “Magic?”• It’s the uber superpower– The power to make thoughts real• But magic breaks rules, covenants,and socio-economic conventions– Like ownership, copyright, wiretappinglaws and sometimes causality itself.(This is why you can’t wish for more wishes)
Consequence• The more “superpowers” we get…• The less constrained we are to natural limits…• Top-down institutions depend on those limits…Therefore, those old institutions will be graduallywiped away, replaced by something new.But what?