YOUR AUGMENTED FUTURE MIND
by Jules Hamilton
Augmented reality (AR) is the emerging demarcation between real life and virtuality reality.
Augmented reality is immersive, but does not blind a person to elements in the real world like virtual reality does. Today some cars already use augmented reality in their windshields. A driver looking through this window can see the weather and time, and even a directional compass to help with navigation.
Soon augmented reality will be more common in similar devices like our phones, Google Glass, smart contact lenses, and varieties of smart windows. Doctors will have informational dashboards visible in their retina, chefs will be able to measure ingredients with augmented eyesight (even digitally perforating vegetables to chop), and social butterflies will have facial recognition and discrete google searches at their immediate disposal.
It'll be easier to participate in a larger social circle and to be a hit at cocktail parties or business events. Business cards, already a fading relic of a different time, will disappear. People will no longer be separated by language barriers, as people will have real-time subtitles or auditory translators when speaking to foreigners. Accountability will be enhanced; people will be able to transcript conversations and store them for later review.
"The question of what is real and augmented will be irrelevant in the future. We will be able to create our reality with clusters of information cults that can only see certain augmented information realities if you are in these groups. All information will be instantaneously available in the augmented visual future. " - Gray Scott
Our bodies and minds operate on a use it or lose it principle. If you don't exercise your body deteriorates. If you don't exercise your mind, the same thing happens. Some may lament augmented reality's affect on our mind and culture, recalling how devices like calculators can dull arithmetic abilities. However, augmented reality won't be used just to outsource higher level thinking to automatic outputs.
Neuroscientists in the field of neuroplasticity have demonstrated how specialized brain games keep minds sharp and agile. By projecting dynamic images to our field of vision for functional purposes, people will use specialized AR to maintain and improve mental acuity.
Inspired by AR games like Pokemon GO, and the e-sport movement, new competitive sports will emerge bridging the gaps between athletic and virtual competition.
People will be able to acquire skills like cooking or drawing faster than ever before. Youtube tutorials have already ushered a cultural revolution. Augmented reality will take this a step further. Instead of switching between windows on your desktop and your task-at-hand, individuals will be expressly guided through personalized tutorials that apply real time.
How augmented reality will change our minds, behavior, and culture can not be underestimated. By making skills easier to acquire augmented reality will lower barriers to entry in a variety of fields. By facilitating superior communication, language translation, facial recognition, and databasing... cultural and national differences will continue to slowly dissolve among generations who embrace the technology, ushering our global internet culture into the real world.