AR WILL SPARK THE NEXT BIG TECH PLATFORM—CALL IT MIRRORWORLD


Publication Title
Wired
Publication/Creation Date
February 12 2019
Creators/Contributors
Kevin Kelly (creator)
David Gelernter (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description
Kevin Kelly discusses recent developments in augmented reality (AR) and explores how these developments will eventually create a "mirrorworld" of the physical space and objects around us, blurring the lines between the real and virtual. He writes,

"The mirrorworld doesn’t yet fully exist, but it is coming. Someday soon, every place and thing in the real world—every street, lamppost, building, and room—will have its full-size digital twin in the mirrorworld. For now, only tiny patches of the mirrorworld are visible through AR headsets. Piece by piece, these virtual fragments are being stitched together to form a shared, persistent place that will parallel the real world".

He also notes that, "the mirrorworld—a term first popularized by Yale computer scientist David Gelernter—will reflect not just what something looks like but its context, meaning, and function. We will interact with it, manipulate it, and experience it like we do the real world".

Further, he writes, "just as past generations gained textual literacy in school, learning how to master the written word, from alphabets to indexes, the next generation will master visual literacy. A properly educated person will be able to create a 3D image inside of a 3D landscape nearly as fast as one can type today. They will know how to search all videos ever made for the visual idea they have in their head, without needing words. The complexities of color and the rules of perspective will be commonly understood, like the rules of grammar. It will be the Photonic Era."

He explores how this AR world will influence our lives, work, home, shopping, and entertainment, but also considers ethical complications such as privacy, surveillance, and goverment & corporate control.
HCI Platform
Wearables
Location on Body
Eye
Source
https://www.wired.com/story/mirrorworld-ar-next-big-tech-platform/