I wish I could be absolutely certain it only brings positive aspects – but there are so many things about augmented reality that worry me. They say it’s hard to accept change; maybe it’s just that. But what if not?
I am worried that with augmented reality we lose the true nature of things. Visiting the Grand Canyon for the first time or looking up at the sky when you’re camping isn’t going to feel the way it feels – like we’re ridiculously, insignificantly small – but with all the info we’ll drown in what we perceive as knowledge and we’ll look up at what we see, forgetting how we see it.
I am worried that it will soon become an obligation to be augmented. Perhaps not a physical obligation, but a social obligation more like phones are. And that if you decide to slip out of this control system you’ll be seen as an outsider.
I am worried about the control system in question.
I am worried that eventually we’ll lose what appears to me like the magic of not knowing. The mystery of how many stars there are in the sky and the pleasure of trying to imagine a funnel cake that your friends are desperately describing.
The future will tell. In the meanwhile I’ll continue wondering and, if not, discovering.
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