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Profiling Augmented Reality(AR)(Part IV):Endlines

Posted in The Technology Ecosystem by Manas Ganguly on September 10, 2009

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Japanese net culture expert Toshinao Sasaki thinks that the boundaries between real and virtual, public and private will disintegrate further as augmented reality spreads. “While the internet sphere and the reality sphere had previously been completely separate as ‘virtual and non-virtual’, mobile phones have rapidly shrunk the distance between them … Eventually, it seems possible that mobile phones might play the role of a kind of supplementary brain,”.

So perhaps augmented reality will make cyborgs of all of us, although we’ll have our prosthetic brains in our pockets rather than welded to our skulls, Schwarznegger-style. Until the batteries run out at least. And for the sake of our sanity, being able to tune out is going to be every bit as important as tuning in. As Rob Hale wisely points out, “the most important thing about augmented reality will be the ability to turn it off.”

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