Dec 15, 2018 00:47:11 @juuso
"we will rely on mobile edge computing to achieve the augmentation of our surroundings"
My research suggests that wireless AR and VR systems are imminent in constrained environments. Wider consumer adoption is dependent on the cooperation of many different stakeholders, but I am working that out. But what are the implications should these systems be suddenly adopted by consumers?
A disparency between preferences of different socioeconomic classes regarding AR and VR is likely. AR, mostly due to its constant dependency of virtual layers, will require more computation cycles from somewhere. That is, I do not believe that we will solve Moores law for an eyewear form factor head-mounted display, but we will instead rely on mobile edge computing to achieve the augmentation of our surroundings, but also the capabilities of our lightweight devices. The idea follows that if we can reach a server and return a result in less than seven milliseconds, we humans cannot differentiate whether the operating system is running on the mobile device or the cellular base station. This also implicates that AR will be more expensive than VR. In the latter, you don’t need an updating 3D map of your surroundings or access to nearby servers while traveling.
I have asked my friends about their preferences: which one would they prefer, a complete fairytale (VR) or just augmentation of our existing lives (AR). In the latter, I have asked what they would like to augment. A common theme is adding more nature and arts to urban environments. When prompted about augmenting their car for a fancy one, many find it awkward to respond to such a materialistic question. Then I continue. I ask, do they want others to see the augmentation? Are they willing to pay for it?
It is important to note that AR devices do not make us smarter. Like, if you think about a smartphone, what it does is connect information, and present it to you in some format. That is, Nokia’s “connecting people” will continue, but through these new devices, we will be able to broadcast our information around us. In some dystopian scenario, we will start “impressing people.”
I think this is good. This will increase productivity by making events which seem a chance to something more calculated. Entertain the thought: I believe every day, I bypass many people who I could have a great time with. Currently, I see them, I can be intrigued by their appearance, but the information for us to connect there, at the moment, is held in their pockets. That is, their Instagram, their LinkedIn, their Tinder, the information is there on their smartphone, either in their pockets or more commonly, facing towards their face. And usually, this information is in some form in public. So, what if I could pull that information out just by looking at them? Would this make a better world? Would it re-connect with people, and make them talk more often, given introductions aren’t needed? The dystopian version is an episode of Black Mirror, with scores indicating with who and how we interact with. Although, aren’t these people on the streets socioeconomically profiled already, because who has money for AR?