I have written before about how unprofessional it is for journalists and bloggers to say, “it may sound like science fiction but….” This statement is a reflection of the popular disdain for science fiction and of anyone who looks at the future. After the decades of journalists writing about science fiction predicting that which is now mundane, why does this perception of science fiction and indeed the future persist? Clearly many people make mistakes when thinking about the future. Below is Sara Robinson’s list of ten:
A friend and I have decided to try starting a more intensive blogging site. ad Futura is intended to be a foresight magazine for the masses–popular foresight in the same meaning as Popular Mechanics or Popular Science. ad Futura is taken from the latin to mean “to the future.” We actually borrowed the often quoted ad astra which means “to the stars,” but our future does not lie in the stars alone. We have many changes ahead, and society needs to be prepared for change. Please follow us as we attempt a foresight outreach to the hoi polloi. http://adfutura.wordpress.com/
Virtual reality is extending beyond the headset as researchers tap into all five senses to find new ways to immerse users in electronic experiences. When these technologies converge, users will have complete immersion in virtual worlds bringing viable solutions for businesses with improved collaboration and development; for health with pain management and physical rehabilitation; for training and education; and for social media and entertainment.
via Senses working overtime from Shaping Tomorrow.
The dream of virtual reality has yet to be fully realized, but we are beginning to see greater progress toward the full immersion of all five senses into the digital world. One of my favorite developments is ScentScape, a digital device marketed as a gaming accessory which generates smells using scent cartridges. I have yet to see any convincing articles saying how many units have been sold or how receptive gamers are to the device, but they have some interesting ideas about consumers might use the device. First, there may be official scents for certain games, but also users could design their own custom scents for user generated maps or whole games which could then be emailed and generated by someone else’s device. Considering the passion some gamers have to developing their own games, maps, and apps, I think is quite plausible some would also want to capture or simply choose the right scent for their development.
Virtual immersion is not quite here, but the steps toward it are being made. The really interesting question is: what applications will these innovations find before they converge on full immersion? Click the link above to read the full article and view the sources which detail the current innovations.