Project Ara is coming soon, and dev kits have been released. I am very excited to see the modular and flexible systems of software and UI move info hardware for easy customization.
In 1987, Robocop was futuristic. The new remake is a few degrees away from Asimo or the bionic exoskeletons that have been showcased by the military/ research groups. We now have robots for cleaning the floor, and Segways, and drones are almost an every day word on the news.
The problem here is that the gap between what we have previously imagined and are seeing prototypes of are very low. If Darpa wanted to make a Robocop, im sure they could in a few months ( or they have already !!?? ). When I was growing up, their was some mystique about the future and tech. Now with Moore’s law, the advances in technology are more about integrations and software, rather then hardware. Thats why Apple’s updates have become less impressive each year. Still amazing, but no longer capture some physical design driven emotional appeal.
The same has happened with movies. Sci Fi is increasingly becoming hyper fantasy, or closer to the drama genre. One is too close to real life, and the other is a bit too far fetched. I love a good movie, as much as the next guy, but I wonder how the genre will have to shift to keep audiences engaged? Maybe we will have to move from technology and aliens being the focus, and go back to good old fashioned story-telling. The gimmick cannot be a gimmick if its really just a commodity.
Here is the question I will leave you with – Now that technology has become accessible and open, what are the next great advances that we can be inspired by ( media wise ) ?
-Pd, 15 minutes.