The dawn of a new era

Today in our Advanced Computer Graphics class we were discussing possible uses of future Augmented Reality technology. One of the students, who is not from the U.S., talked about his love of sunrise and sunset in New York City.

“I would love to have a pair of glasses,” he said, “that I could use to look at any building or street, and see what it looks like at the moment of sunrise.”

That got me thinking. “You could also set the glasses to a state of perpetual sunrise,” I said, “No matter what time it is, day or night, your glasses would always show you the morning Sun rising up over the horizon.”

Just think of the possibilities: Everyone could live within their very own personal moment, a sort of private world for one. It would be the dawn of a new era.

Or the dusk of an old era. OK, I guess it does sound a little dystopian. Or maybe it just sounds like a metaphor.

2 Responses to “The dawn of a new era”

  1. sally says:

    If you care about societal cohesion, letting everyone live within their very own moments taken to the extreme is a problem. Look at what that sort of self-referencing has gotten us in politics.

  2. admin says:

    Yes Sally, my point exactly!

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