Thursday, August 26, 2010

Augmented Cities

Another phenomenal video vision from Bartlett grad Keiichi Matsuda:

The video's impressive production value paints an exciting future wear we "re-evaluate the city as an immersive human-computer interface" and a frightening portrait of "a world where media is indistinguishable from 'reality'."

I have always been an enthusiast for an ever approaching future of pervasive computing. But the question for me is when do we start to see diminishing returns from this immersion?
I already find myself with a compounded struggle with my predisposition for ADD thanks to my smartphone email. I'm constantly checking it.

For an especially poignant commentary on the issue, check out Inventing Interactive's post and his previous post about the added stress and challenges with focusing which our connected, multitasking lives can bring. After reading both of them, I've decided to set my phone to push email only a few times per day.

I can't wait to be offline for a week at Burning Man.

link via: Bldg Blog and Inventing Interactive


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