Wednesday, March 9, 2011
This video about a perhaps not-too-distant future in which we interact all day with various types and sizes of glass information displays has been making the rounds over the last couple of weeks. And while it's a blatantly self-serving advertisement for Corning (who made that casserole dish on your stove top), it's also kind of awesome. And scary. And exhausting.
In the video, we watch an entire day through the eyes of a single family. He gets up and watches the news on the stove he's cooking on. She gets a message in her mirror while she brushes her teeth. The kids talk to their grandmother via their kitchen counter.
There's a lot of cool stuff here, and I reckon Corning's suggestion — that we'll each one day have not many computers but just many ways of accessing the same computer — might not be too far off (I totally predicted thin, roll-up displays years ago!), but it's also a little daunting. Do we want to get nagging messages while we're brushing our teeth? Do the consolidation of computing and the digitization of everything pose any security risks?
What do you think?