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25 Years Later

William Gibson’s Neuromancer was published in 1984. This book had never heard of seems to have created an entire sub-genre of science fiction and influenced a lot of future works which I have heard of, The Matrix film for example. But here in 2011, it appears that we have strayed from this vision of “cyberspace”,  this potential futuristic world that will never be. The biggest reason for this, I think, is that we don’t go into cyberspace, we bring it to us.

Maybe Gibson underestimated how lazy we people are. Think about how much effort Case has to go to enter cyberspace; imagine if you had to undergo a series of major operations to be able to use the internet again. Or even punching into a deck? Forget it. Today we can’t be bothered take ourselves into cyberspace, because that would imply staying still in meatspace. And in our world, being tied down to that seems to be one of the worst things imaginable. Laptops are very quickly replacing desktops in many situations, maybe they’ll be sticking around in setting such as an office, but for personal use desktops are definitely going out of style. But even before the laptop can finish it’s conquest, it’s being bombarded by so many alternatives. Many will argue that something like the iPad or other tablets make a laptop obsolete. They’re wrong, but it’s an interesting point. Now take a look at this (trust me, it’s really short and really cool).

We don’t need to go into cyberspace, because it’s already in our world. Wifi. 3G. 4G. It’s all around us, and it’s growing. The tools we create to simulate cyberspace are getting stronger everyday. In the video of the concept phone, data from cyberspace it overlayed into our physical world. Think of a car with a smart windshield that gives you important information in a heads-up display. I predict that one day everything will be like that. We’ll walk around with little chips, and when we look at something, say a product at the grocery store, some far internet database will be reached to bring us information about it, say nutritional information, recent recalls, price, etc. etc. So maybe the distant future won’t be so far from what Gibson described. The difference being that since we didn’t go into cyberspace, it invaded our world and took it over.

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  1. January 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I have to agree, it seems very likely that in the near future things will be overlayed in front of us; kind of like the new wave of 3D that has swept theaters recently. For a little bit of an off topic point, that Seabird looks so much like the Clicker that we have to use for Chemistry: http://www.valdosta.edu/distance/clickers/xr.shtml
    a link to the image of one for those who have not seen it before.

  2. daddehs1
    January 31, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Yea I’ve noticed that too. I don’t think it’s a coincidence though I think it’s just ergonomically a good fit for the hand.

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