This is some amazing technology. An actually prototype of the interface Tom Cruise conducted (yeah, that’s what I’m guessing that will become the new verb for this interface) in Minority Report. I saw this TED talk a while back, but I didn’t really know what to do with it. I’ve since done a lot of reading about the usefulness of ecological theory as a frame for understanding writing as means of mediating experience. Mostly I’m thinking of about Marilyn Cooper’s soon-to-be-released book (I don’t know the title yet). It’s an extension of her seminal essay on the ecology of writing. Some amazing stuff. Read it, if you haven’t already. I also want to think about this in terms of post-human theory, especially Katherine Hayles’s work. More on these ideas later. There are so many things this could do, not only for reading, but for writing, too. I’m thinking about Derrida’s reference in Of Grammatology (“Now we tend to say “writing” for all that and more: to designate not only the physical gestures of literal pictographic or ideographic inscription, but also the totality of what makes it possible…and thus we say “writing” for all that gives rise to an inscription in general, whether it is literal or not and even if what it distributes in space is alien to the order of the voice: cinematography, choreography, of course, but also pictorial, musical, sculptural “writing.” p. 9) about his expansive definition of what we mean by “writing”: More on that later, too. For today, I just wanted to share this amazing video:
And no, I’m not oblivious to some of the obvious dangers of this sort of technology. Privacy? Yikes. If you thought advertising was already ubiquitous, wait until these things take hold. And yes, IKEA will suddenly become the best-selling furniture retailer in the world. Read: So many blank, white surfaces!
I hope you enjoy the video. There are more TedTalks here, if you’re curious about them.
Oh, and if you’re curious about the Minority Report reference, here’s a video to give you some sort of idea: