The future is now, as the silly old saying goes. I actually prefer “the world of tomorrow today” but to each their own. While still a bit short on jetpacks or neuro-implants for making video calls inside one’s own head – but give them time – much of what we were promised for the majority of the 20th century have either come to pass such as regular video calls – what else would you really call Skype? – down to video watches with the launch of the CMRA.
Can you image what would have happened if you showed someone an iPad even twenty years ago, back in the age of dial-up Internet and the very first release of DOOM?
It is unlikely they would have known what to make of it, even laptops at the time being rather on the hefty side. There seems to be no end to what is possible in terms of technology and engineering, with the possible exception of time travel but I still would not count it out.
Have we become cynical?
The main difference between now and the times before the turn of the Millennium is there now seems to be a sense of cynicism, even apathy in the face of technological advancement. Sure, there is the rave and drool excitement at the initial launch of a neat new device, but just watch how quickly it becomes the new normal and people are looking forward to the next thing.
A trend I noticed, or more accurately had pointed out to me, a few years ago in a speech by author and “Internet Messiah” Warren Ellis. Something I have not helped but notice since I, once upon a time last week, could demonstrate with a hypothetical invocation of “Star Wars-style 3D holograms”.
This was either prophetic or self-sabotaging because blast it if the clever blighters in the tech field have not invented just that.
Future technology: 3D holograms
Tech company Bleen has claimed to have invented a device they describe as “the practical and portable 3D Projection System”.
What is more, far from being another toy for the rich and well connected that the rest of us get later, like CDs and cell-phones, the device is meant for mass-market sale and use.
According the company’s CEO Bogdan Shevchuk, who sounds like the villain in a 1980’s spy film: “the ultimate goal is to bring a real consumer product to the market that enables everyone to watch 3D content in spatial quality.”
In translation, what that basically means is viewing 3D images in open space without the need for a screen or color-coded glasses. Should make slasher flicks a whole lot more interesting if nothing else.
In response to speculations as to the actual real reality of such technology, assuming this to be a repeat of the Raelian Cloning incident, there is frankly little counter evidence, except of course for the fact that the technologies purportedly used actually exist and the company has some of the leaders in both holographic technology and filmmaking on the payroll.