I'm a Goan woman, working in Mumbai as the founder of a studio called Totem Creative. I try to make the world happier, safer and more meaningful. I believe education, knowledge and awareness, art, writing and creating Social Impact are my means to achieve that end.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Augmented Reality - Should/can technology replace actual human interaction?

1st May 2016

So weird! I don't even know how to feel about this. I am often in a conflict whether I should accept this crazy acceleration in technology or not. It's exciting and scary at the same time.

It's a bit creepy - the only difference between the '2D technology' and '3D realistic world' is that you see it differently, but it's STILL virtual for godsake. It's not real, and I don't think technology can ever replace or come close to real human interaction. Especially touch.

So I find what Alex said quite contradictory. He dreams of a future when techology blends with the human world like prehistoric times, and talks about how holographic technology is what'll help us get there; but actually, it's the same thing but better, and prettier. He wants us to stop staring at screens; by strapping screens to our head and staring a them all the time. It's not getting us closer to the way we used to communicate and have a sense of community.

Weirdly, I think the lady with the questions in the end felt the same, because of which she had to tell the hologram in the end to 'Go away'. It would seem a bit rude to us who are seeing the hologram as an actual person in that space, but to her (who can't actually see the person or feel his presence), he is, just a hologram.

I hope we use these tools to understand things out of our reach, but not use it the way we're currently using our screens and 2D devices. We should draw boundaries and strive to keep having real human interactions instead of living in virtual reality.

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