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    • @kenhep, over on my post yesterday, made an interesting point:

      "After being in the AR space for 5+ years, I REALLY hope I'm not wearing glasses for all work and play in 2025!"

      I doubt we will wear glasses for "ALL" for a simple reason: our minds like both augmented AND analog.

      How do I know that? Neil Young, the famous rock star, taught me. He and his audio engineer took me into his studio. We listened to some of his music off of the analog master recordings. Pretty damn magical to hear that. He had an old tape recorder with two-inch tape that costs thousands of dollars per hour to buy tape for. Listening to the recording of Harvest Moon in the studio where Neil recorded it on huge Tannoy speakers is probably the best recorded music experience I'll have in my life.

      Analog is a smooth wave and audiophiles seek it out (vinyl records are analog, pushing around a needle in their grooves instead of using numbers to listen to music).

      But then we went into his digital lab. He had turned the smooth analog wave into digital music. We listened to the same song at 600 khz (the analog wave was "cut up," or "quantized" into 600,000 little numbers per second).

      There was a difference. Something was lost.

      And then we listened at 200 khz and 44.1 khz (which is what MPEG or CDs are recorded at).

      There was a huge difference. A lot was lost.

      Yet we all listen to digital music. Why? Convenience. Analog, er, vinyl, doesn't work in my car. Tapes have hiss and other problems (that's why the company Dolby exists, it found a way to make analog tapes work better). They are huge. They can't be searched.

      I can't imagine not having Spotify, for instance, even though I know that I am giving up something when I listen to it.

      Same with glasses. I have a HoloLens. It virtualizes screens and lets me do things that flat screens simply can't do. The reason you all don't wear a pair is because they are too heavy, the optics aren't sharp enough to read text on yet, and they have other problems, not to mention they are way too expensive.

      But those problems will be solved by 2025.

      When they do they will be far more convenient to compute on than the small smartphone screens we currently use a lot of and, certainly, will be far more convenient than carrying a laptop into a meeting, or to Starbucks or WeWork. And they will enable a new kind of working. I'm quite convinced that we'll all be using glasses a lot of the time pretty soon. I might be biased since I already have to wear glasses simply to see, but you'll see just how big a deal they are when they come out of R&D. There's a reason why Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Magic Leap, Huawei, and others are EACH spending billions of dollars to come up with glasses.

      That said, there are times where you will want to enjoy the analog. Last night I was watching the sunset over San Francisco. I don't care how good the optics will get they still will have a gap between the analog smooth wave of photos hitting my retina and and anything digital screens can show you.

      That said, if you want to share the scene with someone else it's very hard to share that with analog. Far easier to grab a video with your smartphone.

      The photo? That's my friend Andy Grignon. He's one of the 12 people who built the iPhone at Apple (was on the original iPhone team). His invention soon will see a lot less use because of glasses. Just the way it is.

    • Oh I'm so ready for all on glasses, all the time. I already carry a slab of glass with me all day. With glasses I would at least have my hands free, and no neck pain and stiffness from looking down all the time.

    • I like the idea of a technology that would enhance my experience where it can do it better, rather than replacing existing technology completely. You’ve also given me a reminder to listen to a Norah Jones record I picked up a few months ago and have been meaning to play.

    • Not to meta this up too much, but I sure would like to be able to select _augmented reality_ and a few other related topics -- let's suppose I'm doing research or just on a particular kick that day -- and have only posts on those topics (or single topic) display in a feed. It continues to strike me as odd that an interest network doesn't really allow you to filter the posts you see by particular interests (I have lots of different interests, but not all at the same time). I suppose populating a feed from a saved search would be useful along those lines also.

    You've been invited!