Editor’snote

Tech­now­ize Fe­bru­ary 2017

Technowize Magazine - - Front Page -

Aug­mented Re­al­ity is most of­ten de­scribed as the over­lay of dig­i­tal in­for­ma­tion on phys­i­cal re­al­ity. From Google Glass to Mi­crosoft’s Hololens, our fo­cus so far has been on am­pli­fy­ing pseudo - holog­ra­phy to al­ter our sur­round­ings. What we will un­doubt­edly gain is in­ten­si­fied com­mod­i­fi­ca­tion of our de­sires, as the hy­brid po­ten­tial takes over the world of tech­nol­ogy in the com­ing decade in a much deeper sense. Our lives will be ar­guably far more in­tri­cate; we will have far more choice than ever, sat­u­rated in­for­ma­tion, and the ef­fects of this on our be­hav­ior and iden­tity will be un­de­ni­ably con­se­quen­tial. Our Cover Story, ‘The Age of Aug­mented Re­al­ity,’ goes beyond the po­ten­tial ap­pli­ca­tions of the im­mer­sive tech­nol­ogy, with par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on health­care, ed­u­ca­tion and key ser­vices.

As with all in­car­na­tions of tech­nol­ogy, AR won’t be em­ployed mainly to sell us prod­ucts and life­styles. The real chal­lenge will be how we can adapt this tech­nol­ogy sub­ver­sively, so it doesn’t erase the bor­der be­tween the in­ner world and the outer world as we ex­tend our dig­i­tal self into the phys­i­cal plane. Hope­fully, we’ll like what we see.

To quote Arthur Clarke, a bril­liant fu­tur­ist and writer: “Any suf­fi­ciently ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy is in­dis­tin­guish­able from magic.”

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