Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I Have Seen The Future...

Convergence is one of those things that doesn't happen all of the time but when it does it's magic. What I'm rambling about is when two separate things happen and then someone puts them together. The most memorable, and delicious examples of convergence are:

Chocolate and peanut butter.
Porn and the internet.

(Yeah, I said it. You shake your head, but you know it's true!)

Well two things have happened recently to change the way we will do things in the future:

This (content)

And This (delivery or distribution).

Suddenly, it becomes very easy to access and study vast libraries of material; to build worlds based on that material through photographs and graphics; to apply those worlds to movies and games in whole new ways.

(Can someone say, "holodeck?")

Suddenly, it becomes possible to VR crime scenes, disasters, warfare, etc... based on photographic uploads in realtime. Imagine cameras from all sorts of soldiers - live. Imagine them posting all their pics and video instantly to the web and a commander telling his soldiers where and when to move across the battlefield... all in real time.

Suddenly, it becomes possible to take all the footage from video surveillance cameras and exactly time out a crime. Analysts (and lawyers) are going to have a field day with this one.

Welcome to the future. It just got a whole lot weirder.

1 comment:

Fun Joel said...

Wow! That photosynth is really quite amazing!