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The era of constant photography

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“In 5-10 years, photography will largely involve pointing video cameras at things and finding the best images in the editing phase.”

Always on, looking back through hundreds of snaps and posting only the highlights. Sounds a bit too perfect, to never miss anything.

Point, shoot, and capture will be a thing of the past. The effort is in merely recording and reviewing.

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Who will stop Google?

Google, the company with the motto “Don’t be evil,” is rapidly becoming an empire. Not an empire of territory, as was Rome or the Soviet Union, but an empire controlling our access to data and our data itself.

Googlization sounds like an Internet version of neoimperalism, especially since companies are essentially the new states.

Google Empire > American Empire 

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Mind change like climate change

Whether you like or it not, it’s happening. Our minds are wired, inheriting the chaos of the digital world.

We crave a need for speed, checking in for the latest Instagrams and Tweets twice in 5 minutes while responding to text messages.

The state of constant connectedness is turning us into rapid responders. Everything feels like breaking news. Information is making us fat and unnecessarily stressed.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) exceeds our ability to moderate attention. We always want to know more.

Imagine what the world will be like when Smart technology gets embedded into our eyes. If Google already has Smart glasses, the next iteration is computerized eye contacts.

The Internet is a lifestyle. It’s part of our lives, integral to communication, school,
play, and work. Turning if off completely would make us severely disadvantaged.

Internet overuse goes unnoticed like the abuse of the environment. Sustenance is an excuse for killing off all that we have left, all that is natural. We under-appreciate the essentials, consuming more than we need. All this will backlash.

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Traceable From Pockets to Eyes

Behind every crime scene there’s a mobile phone with important information that will unlock the mystery. We’re traceable in each and every way.

Future crime scenes may be solved through Smart glasses. Apple recently filed patents for its own high-tech glasses.

Ever since I had the Nike Fuel+ band, wearable technology felt like the next wave of innovation for the big guys like Google and Apple.

Despite all the privacy fears, many of us want to be traced. Our life is a walking expression that others find interesting, especially in peak moments like vacation.

One of the things I tried on my trip to Turkey was sharing images in real-time. I thought about creating a Facebook album and sharing them all in bulk. But the best way to tell an adventure is live instead of after the fact. It’s the seamless journey tracking that makes the Internet connected glasses an appealing device.

I expect Apple or Google to take on the watch market as well. Apple could make some beautiful hyper connected watches that are less about images, video, and media consumption and more about checkins and routes, like Path.

Wearable gadget technology is the wave of the future. We live fragmented in apps today, tomorrow could bring visually operated sharing. Say bye to our thumbs and index fingers.

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Why Apple Will Make A Smart Watch

I bought the Nike+ FuelBand just for
experimentation. I never thought I’d actually keep it.

So after returning it last week one predominant observation came to mind: Apple needs to make wearable devices a priority. I even tweeted it out.

Google is making Internet-connected glasses so it can sell us real-time data for coupons, directions, and possibly ambient social networking. But I think people are more interested in wearing a Smart watch.

Apple should focus on the wrist rather than the eyes because people will wear a watch all day. Until Google glasses become invisible like a contact many people will just use them when they need it, like driving in the car or mountain biking.

With that said, the Apple iOS for body devices will need to mix health science and personal computing. Apple could easily replicate the FuelBand activity monitoring for calories, steps, and miles travelled including all the latest social features. Where Apple dominates will be its in its apps. I may not read a book on a watch the size of an iPod shuffle but I will catch up on email, read tweets, and access the latest sports scores.

If data is the new oil then wearable devices will only quadruple our data production and make data more local and useful than ever. Datatainment, turning heaps of data into engaging pieces of content, will make game makers like Zynga drool.

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Forget Touch, How About Google Glasses

From mouse to touchscreen to Google glasses. Real-time information is coming to the tip of your eyeballs.

Google thinks we’ll need augmented reality glasses for activities like driving and exploration.

I thought lasik was the only advanced eye operation I’d ever get.