Sight - A Short Movie About Future AR
Written by Lucy Black   
Saturday, 28 July 2012

If you think Google Glass is cool, watch this movie and see how it could all work out in the future and not that far away. The movie is short, but it packs the storytelling of a full feature. After you have seen it you won't forget it, or look at augmented reality in the same way again.

Although the film makers say that the parallels with the Google Glass project are accidental - they made the film before Glass was announced - you can't help but think about if this is how it might all work.

The technology portrayed isn't based on active glasses but some sort of ocular implant or contact lens. It also assumes that this is widespread enough for the real effects on society to have percolated though the fabric. For example, who needs art work hanging on the walls when everyone can see your AR choice in art.

Now watch. It is only eight minutes long but it tells a complete and slightly disturbing story:

 

 

If like me you started off being positive about the AR - playing the flying game looked fun - I wonder at what point, if any, your enthusiasm started to weaken?

For me it was the vegetable chopping scene. The Wikipedia effect is well known - take Wikipedia away and we all drop at least 10 IQ points. But skills on tap? It is both enabling and disabling at the same time.

From this point the movie started to make an increasingly worrying case for not using AR in human interactions. What is the point in continuing with a date if the analysis AI has already given you feedback that you are simply irritating or disappointing based on facial expressions and voice patterns. How can you get to know another person when their "wingman" app feed them lines, knowledge and next moves.

Perhaps these are all so much just 21st century concerns.

Perhaps it isn't a dystopian view, just one we are not, yet, used to.

 

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The movie was a graduation project by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo and I'm sure these are names we will hear again along with the actors - Ori Golad and Deborah Aroshas.


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