July 28, 2017

Rapture of the Nerds

Rapture of the Nerds




Sci-fi authors Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross have co-written Rapture of the Nerds, a novel about a post-Singularity world populated by posthumans toward the end of the 21st century. Both authors are well known for their tales of a human future in the grip of transformative, often disruptive, technologies, so if you’d like to see where two of this part of the century’s most imaginative authors think our technologies may take us, check out this novel. Doctorow is author of Gamer and Little Brother, while Stross is author of Accelerando and Singularity Sky. “Jury Service,” an excerpt from the novel is available from publisher Tor.   Related PostsHow…

Envisioning Emerging Technologies

Envisioning Emerging Technologies




The graph below by Michell Zappa visualizes current trends in technological developments as well as possible future trends from 2012 to 2040. To have an understanding of where technological trends are situated today and to guess what may happen in the future helps developers with the creation of products today. It is interesting to see the possible developmental paths based on audience demands and desires, and to compare different categories. With my students in my Principles of Interactivity class we compared Internet column with Interfaces and specifically focused on the developments of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: as of 2012,…

Beyond Project Glass




Created by Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design grad students Daniel Lazo and Eran May-raz, Sight is envisioned as an upgrade to Augmented Reality (AR) glasses where the glasses are fully and seamlessly integrated into the users environment, namely, in the form of contact lenses. “We were inspired by many present-day apps and several sci-fi movies,” says Lazo. “But most of the ideas came from us trying to visualize a world where this tech is standard, and what kind of interactions can happen in it.” As I watched their short video capturing this possibly future technology as a new way…