Augmented Reality and Mobile Computing in the Era of the Personal Cloud

Posted by | December 28, 2011

I personally enjoy the discussion near the 13:00 mark when it rolls into augmented reality.

Anyone who reads science fiction should look at Acellerando by Charles Stross—it’s exactly the sort of thing to set up any technologist for the potential future we might see coming out of wearable computers and the advent of augmented reality. By this, I don’t mean the high science tech seen in the later book, but the very beginning where the star of the show is the everyman cyborg who uses his technology to better mankind.

Manfred—who I keep thinking is Mankrik—happens to be an excellent example of how technological near-telepathy comes out of our personal cloud and mobile devices. We already augment our reality as cyborg beings every day with our Internet-connected mobile devices hooking into apps that draw from the numinous electromagnetic collective unconscious of the cloud. Every time someone looks up a Wikipedia entry from their tablet whilst on the bus or offloads their to-do list onto a sharing-sync service we bring ourselves closer to a hyperconnected people.

I addressed some of this in my novelette Born to the Spectacle: The Nokia Anti-Experience but we’ll need ourselves miniaturized fMRI machines before the brain-computer-interface necessary to make actual technological near-telepathy possible.

Right now, we’ll just have to suffer with our phones with two cameras and the vast space of human knowledge residing across the globe in datacenters.

The cyborg revolution will be digitized.

Link, via SiliconANGLE.

1 Comment so far
  1. Nelson Williams
    December 28, 2011 8:04 pm

    “I reject your reality and substitute my own” may well be not only possible, but expected in a few years…

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