Life of the Screen

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

William Gibson, author of the award-winning novel “Neuromancer” (1984), described a reality that included virtual reality and and the Internet integrated into our daily lives. He is credited with having coined the term “cyberspace.” Just over a decade later Sherry Turkle, a professor of the sociology of science at MIT, wrote “Life on the Screen” where she discussed identity in the age of the Internet.

A scan of the history of mass media will reveal that the screen has played a key role in the evolution of communication technology. The television and computer screens are just the obvious ones.

Consider the future of the screen:

A Swedish mobile user interface group produced and recently posted this video to illustrate the possibilities for future screens.

What do you think? What’s do you think is realistic? What do you is unrealistic?


4 Responses

  1. I am throughly looking forward to a mirror screen, but currently I do not think it is realistic.

  2. I thought the ideas in the video were really cool, useful and completely groundbreaking…but some of them seemed a little unrealistic. At the same time, what seemed unrealistic 5 years ago, is now happening. So maybe in a few years the possibilities will come about.

  3. I would echo what Whitney said. Things looked different 6 years ago, and the market could never have predicted the things that happened. That is not to say that the things in this video will not come true; how many inventions were created because they were seen in Star Trek in the ’70s?

    I don’t like the lack of “real” communication that is happening in the movie. There is no need to talk anymore. Everything is communicated through the mobile device and its many interfaces. I think that while that may be possible in the future, it will never become a complete reality. Humans will always need face-to-face contact at some point.

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