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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A must read article on mediamocracy.org “Privacy is innovation”

and I quote: “Social Privacy is the innovative background idea here. A form of privacy which is not an obstacle to sharing, but rather one that goes hand in hand with the creation of social relations and communications. It’s not a clear cut block of personal data, but a diverse kind of privacy, where users are in control of what they share with who, under which circumstances and in which situations. These services are evolutions of our online social spheres moving beyond the idea of the social medium to a more advanced idea about digital media as tools for human social relations. And they are actually moving in on old giants of social networking such as Facebook stealing their market shares. Privacy is in fact innovation. The lack of it can dampen creativity and suppress freedom of speech (and thus thought). And more of it may entice consumers to pay more and choose a specific service studies show. The only reason the default is public is that we were not innovative enough to think privacy by design from the beginning empowering users with a choice.

link to the full article HERE

http://mediamocracy.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/is-privacy-an-obstacle-to-innovation/

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.

“Re-visualizing the City” Call for papers for the IVSA 2012 International Conference, 9th to 11th July 2012, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York

54052351-Lapenta-2011-Geomedia-on-Location-Based-MediaI am co-organizing the “Re-visualizing the City” international conference. An in depth look at the latest trends and visions of the smart cities of the future. Please redistribute to your departments and friends: Call for papers  “Re-Visualizing the City”, 9th to 11th July 2012, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York

link to ivsacall2012 with full details:

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

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3D Video, the evolution continues.

immersivemediaThe other day the BBC reported on a new start up company that since March 2009 offers 3D imaging technology and 3D videos of live events for users to interactively enjoy. The company called Yellowbird touts this new technology that will change the way we experience events and videos. Almost two yeas ago I already reported on another company Immersivemedia the first to offer this same technology (pictured on the left) and 3D videos. Despite Yellowbird being still in development and rather rudimentary in comparison to Immersivemedia technologies (long available to the military and the public) both companies and the new found public and media attention are a sign of the new momentum that 3D imaging is gaining. Once again I still think that the best of these new technologies and applications has still to come. The technology to support these applications is already here, they just need to be refined and rethought outside the box. Watch demos here (Immersivevideo) and here (Yellowbird). My original 2008 article is here

NET Neutrality: Just when we thought things were getting better

netneutrality“U.S. Senator John McCain has introduced legislation that would block the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from creating new net neutrality rules, on the same day that the FCC took the first step toward doing so.”  Reuters full article here

Needless to say, Net Neutrality is the biggest battle we are facing today to maintain a free internet. It is amazing how the rhetorics of McCain´s proposal totally twist the reality of the facts.

If you do not know enough about it, DO read about it  here

PS. I cannot find info regarding the author of the image, if you do know who made it please let me know and I will credit.