Last month I wrote an opinion piece, “All the world’s a digital stage”, where I explored the consequences of living in a ubiquitous
world. Ubiquitous computing in layman’s terms refers to feedback and response
from a world that is totally connected. Gaming has been exploring this topic
for decades. The Deus Ex series, for
example, places the player smack bam into the augments of the protagonists, thereby
allowing the player to have a taste of life in the connected lane. The latest
game to explore the topic of virtual reality is Watch Dogs. It centres on the player's ability to hack into various
electronic systems, either to obtain and control information or to destroy
those devices completely at specific times. The omnipresence of technology
coupled with the protagonist’s ability to use that technology points to a Pandora’s
Box of privacy violations to be opened. The storyline of Watch Dogs is
built around the concept of information warfare, data being interconnected, and
the world's increasing use of technology—questioning who exactly runs the
computers they depend on.
“I see the digital shadow you cast..” Watch Dogs
Over the weekend Anthony Wing Kosner from Forbes reported on the short
science fiction film, Sight.
It was made by two Israeli students, Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo for their
graduation project. It is a brilliant take on the emerging world of augmented
reality (AR). The film is shocking in its portrayal of the kind of life a
person with augments and total
connectivity can lead.
“The film depicts a
day in the life of an engineer for a fictional company called Sight Systems, at
some point in the near future. One of the amusing things is that his apartment
is almost entirely bare because the contact lens-like implants in his eyes
project a data environment on the bare walls. At the beginning we see him
playing a kind of virtual reality game, at the successful conclusion of which
he has an expression of post-coital bliss
One of the effects of
the immersive augmented reality software that we see through his eyes is that
everything in his life is “gamified.” Every action is rated by difficulty
level, every scenario is broken into steps and coached, and every successful
With Google Glass, and Apple short on its heels with iGlasses,
the sci-fi world of gaming is knocking at our doors. Just make sure you
understand what is behind that door when you open.
Welcome to the world of no privacy.
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