Augmented Reality: I remember, clearly, the very first day that Facebook introduced their news feed function — I was in college, and as I was walking back from the University library I remember thinking how weird it was to share your whole life with people over something as impersonal as an internet connection. And that, as it turned out, was the day when all media instantly became social media: Now newscasts regularly show YouTube videos. Celebrities give updates about their lives in 140 characters on Twitter, and we live stream so much of our lives that the older versions of ourselves would have been completely freaked out by it just a few years ago.
Fast forwarding to 2016, we have a major acceptance of Augmented Reality through Pokemon Go (This technology has been around for a few years, but now it’s really taken hold.); which means that we’ve come into a similar cultural shift like the introduction of the Facebook news feed: all reality has now become augmented. It has happened and we can’t do anything to reverse it. It’s like a technological Pandora’s box. Yesterday, I was trying to explain what Pokemon Go is to someone, and I said, “Imagine that the whole world is video game.” That adds one more layer of complexity onto our world. It is now both the real world, and someone’s video game, all at the same time. But in another ten years just remember what it felt like to live in a single-dimensional world. And when you’re going shopping at you favorite augmented reality store, and then driving home to your fully integrated augmented reality house, just think about what it was like to live in actually reality, or what I’ll call direct reality, and remember what it was like to talk to real people, in real time, in the real world, in direct reality. (The above photos are of the same location at the same time: one in direct reality with actual people, and one in augmented space in Pokemon Go.)

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