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Wouldn't it be fun to know which strangers you saw every
day. How many of the cars you see every day - do you see
every day? 10% ? 40% ? 80% ? how many of the people on
the street have you seen before? 97% ? who knows...
Makng a device to 'recognise' car number-plates is today's
but making some kind of heads-up display is
cumbersome. Perhaps when you get home you could see
Recognising people's faces is (luckily) tomorrows
techology (hand-held anyway).
If we're going crazy (60 years time), having a video-
camera-on the shoulder which knew all about the world
and could help children learn by guiding and 'playing'
with them ... would be good. (they could wander for
miles, alone, learning about the world and be perfectly
Augmented reality is pretty good fun. This idea requires
constant video monitoring - which is slightly differnet.
@bigsleep - i agree. This is *like* 4 years away... And i'd
like to think that the democratising power was greater
than that the state could use to warp.
@MechE - i like the labelling idea. I'd like a more
positive use than road-vendettas though!
@mouseposture - dementia is a disease, not an inevitable
product of age!
@coprocephalous - near giggle
@misterQed - i think it's lack of CPU power. If it's on
your desktop but not your mobile (where it's infinitely
more useful) that's because phones arn't powerful enough
yet. I recon this stuff is going to hit the news perhaps by
the end of the year, and certainly within 5. My idea is
just one small (and crap) application for live video
As a footnote, in 20-40 years i would have thought that
CCTV would all be linked and 'watched' by computers.
Your identity location (and mood) would constantly be
You have access to this power with your mobile (wiki
mobile / goggles is going to be phenomenal) And
people's interest in people will ensure that the focus of
the technology will be on other people. As a further
footnote - this technology will be essential to monitor
and control robots, making sure they are not malicious.
Just as a percentage of the internet is malicious, so too
will robots be.
Your job is to try and see the bright side of this
technology before it is forced upon you.
Just think about how much knowledge facebook has
about the whereabouts and activity of the human race...
a bit like that. Super-friendly, but significantly powerful.
MyLifeBits at Microsoft Research
A device that tells you who you've seen before, among other things. [phoenix, Apr 06 2010]
book - The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age
He thinks humans function better if we are able to be forgotten a bit. However, it aint gonna happen. I say we need to adjust laws and social expectations to meet The Truth About Ourselves. [nicholaswhitworth, Apr 09 2010]
||odd, yet strangely compel... nope, still odd.
||(lack of) privacy concerns.
||interesting mental exercise, though.
||That could be useful to find out who's stalking you.
||And I like the idea of children having a robotic friend with them that could tell them about the world (complete with the sum of all human knowledge).
||Does that spell the end of the duffernet?
||I heard of prototype worn video devices for
Alzheimer suffers that are used to remind them of
who people are. Unfortunately I was unable to find a
||Something like this that allowed you to tag information and
then repeat it to you would be useful.
||I'm thinking specifically for cyclists, we could tag specific
cars with "idiot" and then have it warn us when they're
coming up behind us. For commuters who ride the same
route at the same time regularly it could be a useful warning.
||//video devices for Alzheimer sufferers//
In the future, life extending treatments will raise the
average lifespan to 250. However, we'll all be demented for
the last hundred years or so. Prostheses like these will
enable us to continue functioning, at least at a superficial
level. About a third of humanity will be biological robots (or
zombies, if you prefer) controlled by their prostheses.
Society, government, the economy will all continue to
function. Life will go on as before.
||If I live until 250, how much longer will I be required to work?
||The differnet is where everybody comes online to argue.
||//If I live until 250, how much longer will I be required to
work?// Undead voters will outnumber living ones. You'll be
on the dole.
||I misread this as an idea to do with reincarnation.
||I'd recommend people read Millennium Man by Issac Asimov for an example of a classic handling of the issue of creeping protheses.
||time to churn up the Apostrophe Shooter for you title...
kind of ok idea...sometimes don't really want to know all that stuff.
||//I heard of prototype worn video devices //
If they were prototypes, you'd think they'd be all shiny and new, and not at all worn.
I'll get me coat.
||//Recognising people's faces is (luckily) tomorrows techology (hand-held anyway). //
Actually no. Google has facial recognition in Flicker to help you group your photos, they also have Google Googles on Android phone to web-search based on pictures. The only reason they don't put the two together, is that it would be REALLY creepy. So basically they turned that feature off. If we can ever work thru the creepiness factor and they turn it on, you could walk around with a small Bluetooth camera, a cell phone and an earpiece. Then every time you turned to someone, it could either tell you their name, save their picture for later research or scan the internet on the fly and tell you their name.
||The license plate lookup also sounds like an add-on to Goggles, and has similar creepiness factor.