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RECOMMENDED READING: The Dark Side of Metaphor: Fetish in User Interfaces by Alan F. Blackwell


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Here is a complementary idea to think about from Blackwell's When Systemizers Meet Empathizers: Universalism and the Prosthetic Imagination from a section titled From augmentation to prosthesis — when engineers romanticize dysfunction.
"...a technical vision originally conceived as an opportunity for human augmentation may shift to one of human prosthesis.
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An extreme prosthetic vision is exhibited through sustained interest in ... the field of brain-computer interface research (BCI), where researchers appear to be inspired by science fiction cyborg fantasies of human augmentations such as data storage brain implants or 'jacking-in' to the internet from direct brain connections (in William Gibsonís cyber-punk literature, found in Johnny Mnemonic (1981) and Neuromancer (1984) respectively). For BCI researchers, the ultimate prosthetic target would be a person who has no voluntary muscle movement at all. This frightening condition, known as 'locked-in syndrome' (LIS), has been dramatized in cases such as The Diving Bell and Butterfly.
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Locked-in syndrome provides a medical condition where the user is sufficiently deficient in normal human capabilities to become a well-defined engineering component, able to be connected to a computer via a relatively standardized interface."
INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, Vol. 35 No. 3–4, 2010 pg. 338

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Kevin Slavin's Talk on How Augmented Reality isn't Real Enough


People intrested in this topic might like some of the papers by Dr. Alan Blackwell.  Here is a short piece that got me thinking: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/conference/experiencingcriticaltheory/Blackwell-DarkSide.pdf

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Kevin Slavin's Talk on How Augmented Reality isn't Real Enough


I absolutely agree that the "VR pipe dreams and the web browser metaphor" are holding the medium back.  But in terms of the larger discussion about AR it is really hard to talk about what it feels like to live in an AR world until we have some decent video contacts...and until it gets past the point where we the consumers can get something better than a dinky baseball card that is more trouble than it is worth.

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Screening Screens


Good post. Thanks.