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Living in the Future [Mar. 14th, 2012|06:40 pm]
Tomas Gallucci

I remember growing up and thinking about how awesome it would be to have video phones. Of course, I imagined a terminal that looked like a USA Today newsstand sans newspaper, but of course had a video screen, a camera hidden somewhere and a handset resembling the phones that are round on either end.

I've used FaceTime once or twice on my phone. The most recent time I used it, I kept thinking about how this was different than the vision that I had in my head.

Now there's an even more fantastic thing that exists in the world today: video phone mixed with real-time translation. I don't know how smooth the actual product is, though Im' sure it's not as smooth as depicted in the ad, but I do know that the technology will get better over time as hardware gets faster and cheaper, combined with faster and cheaper Internet connectivity.

Now imagine this for a 3.0 concept: each user wears headphones and the phones translate in realtime much like watching a proceeding at the UN. That's as close as you can get to solving the language barrier short of everyone speaking a common language.

Living in the future.

[User Picture]From: ehowton
2012-03-15 09:26 am (UTC)
each user wears headphones and the phones translate in realtime much like watching a proceeding at the UN.

In Farscape they inject translator microbes into the bloodstream which act much like Douglas Addam's bablefish. Since we're talking about the future might want to consider nano-technology in lieu of something as archaic as a 1920's invention:

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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2012-03-15 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure that I'd want to go as far as sticking microbes in my body to translate things, but mabye something like an earbud would suffice. It's still headphones and perhaps plays to your point here, but really, do you want microbes running code coursing through your body?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2012-03-15 10:03 am (UTC)

The Wedding Singer

The description of your future sounded familiar, and sure enough I found it: The bleeding-edge videophone, as found in the Dallas Infomart. That's me on the left in the tie, taking a picture of myself and the class of 1988 with my old Minolta X-700.

Eric Howton Dallas Infomart Videophone 1988

Edited at 2012-03-15 02:04 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2012-03-15 04:30 pm (UTC)

Re: The Wedding Singer

There's a great line in the film Closer: "Everything's a version of something else twenty years ago." Damned appropriate.
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