Mediated Life after Virtualization. A Critical Look at the Scenarios Forecast by New Wearable Augmented Reality Visualization Technologies.

My presentation at RE:PUBLICA13 in Berlin 7th of may.

If, as Thomas and Cook state, ‘visual representations and digital visualization techniques take advantage of the human eye’s broad bandwidth pathway into the mind to allow users to see, explore, and understand large amounts of information at once’ what are the consequences of a technology that does not pretend anymore to “simulate” reality or its visualization but now “naturally” creates the way we see the world and experience it?

What will follow the inevitable technological peak and demise of old communication technologies such as the mobile and the screen? If the mobile embodied the newly acquired freedom from the constrained spaces of earlier mediated communications. And the screen, the frame, the partition that for a long time both connected and divided reality from its representation. The “SixthSense” and “Project Glass” both represent the early steps in the final technological, cognitive and cultural evolution that will finally embrace media transparency and invisibility (Project Glass), and welcome media anthropomorphization (SixthSense) in the illusion of a new “unmediated” and “augmented” life. Mobiles and the screen will not disappear, at first, but new “seamless” and “immersive” technological evolutions will acquire social, cultural and market dominance while cannibalizing previous technological milestones very much like television did with photography, radio and cinema, and the computer did with them all.

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Understanding the Future of Augmented Humans.

My keynote speech at the forthcoming “Insafe” (Internet Safety) meeting in Budapest, October 2012. The European Union’s Insafe network comprises 27 countries that regularly meet as part of The European Commission  “Safer Internet Program”. The title of the key-note is:

Understanding the Future of Augmented Humans.Technologies have traditionally been approached as ancillary tools in the history of mankind. Means used to master nature and our environment, or tools used to enhance creativity and communication. This once clear distinction between us humans, the technologies we use and the environments we live in, have been gradually eroding in the past few decades. What we see today cannot be characterised anymore as further evolution in a long process of technological development. Current technological evolutions are better understood as first steps in a complex redefinition of what it means to be human. Individuals, organisations, governments and industries, just like children, are evolving, changing, learning, internalising technology and socialising with an ever-changing reality where the distinction between who we are and what technology allows us to be, is becoming more and more blurred. To understand this evolution requires good judgement, a sense of history, and above all a sense of purpose.

The Infosphere, the Geosphere and the Mirror: The Geomedia-Based Normative Renegotiations of Body and Place, Francesco Lapenta, new article out now:

my new article out now: The Infosphere, the Geosphere and the Mirror: The Geomedia-Based Normative Renegotiations of Body and Place Francesco Lapenta in Mobile Technology and Place<a link amazon link Edited by Rowan Wilken, Gerard Goggin in Series: Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture

The Infosphere, the Geosphere and the Mirror. The Geomedia Based Normative Renegotiation of Body and Place.

First there are the utopias. Utopias are sites with no real place. They are sites that have a general relation of direct or inverted analogy with the real space of Society.  They present society itself in a perfected form, or else society turned upside down (…). There are also, in every culture, in every civilization, real places – places that do exist and that are formed in the very founding of society which are something like counter-sites, a kind of effectively enacted utopia  in which the real sites (…) are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted. I believe that between utopias and these quite other sites, these heterotopias, there might be a sort of mixed, joint experience, which would be the mirror.  Focault