INCOMING REALITY: WATCH IT AND WEEP

It arrives: a nightmare future-vision worthy of Philip K. Dick, Idiocracy, William Gibson, etc…

Does anybody really want a world like this?

Why does it seem so inevitable?

Film by Keiichi Matsuda

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

7 thoughts on “INCOMING REALITY: WATCH IT AND WEEP

  1. Yes, people really do want this (see: Ray Kurzweil and other proponents of the Singularity along with the thousands of developers working on augmented reality applications right now).

  2. Yes, like Tom said: people want it. WiReD has regular features in its pages about the next big thing in augmented reality development.

    “Dennou Coil” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denn%C5%8D_Coil, http://www.animecrunch.com/episodes/dennou-coil/)is an animated series from Japan that follows a group of students who live in an AR-enriched city in the near future. They end up involved in a mystery about a student who was killed while investigating virtual creatures that absorb the psychic energy of humans and then come into real space wanting more. Being connected to this AR network and its virtual landscape is the only thing that puts them at risk, however.

    A similar plot line is featured in the animated feature “Appleseed: Ex Machina” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_Machina_%28anime%29). Basically, people are turned into homicidal zombies through their Bluetooth gear.

  3. I, for one, am very excited about the possibilities of augmented reality.
    What made this vision so horrific were the advertisements everywhere. Surely, if we have sufficiently good equipment, we will also have sufficiently good ad-blocking equipment. (I hope that all of you are using firefox already.)

    Why wouldn’t I be excited about being able to maintain my motorcycle with the manual next to my eye, guiding me?

  4. I love that Adbusters used to be the crazy alarmist magazine that “only kooks” read, and now I feel like the “tastemakers” of the E-World(tm) use it to get ideas. This video was much more depressing than scary, because it is going to happen…unless something big changes things in a completely mind shattering way.

    Just remember this glimmer of hope…the same people who would love to live like this are struggling with the questions that arose in them when they watched Avatar in the theaters… “Why can’t I live in a natural utopia and why do I live and struggle how I do…”

    Perhaps there is hope yet…

  5. Joey Magz: Not sure what Adbusters (admittedly a magazine whose purpose I’ve never really understood) has to do with this??? The film is a critique, a dissent. Go to the dude’s site and see what he has to say about what he’s depicting here.

    As for the Avatar thing: That’s right. Check out our Jan 12, 2010 post on that very subject: http://www.arthurmag.com/2010/01/12/real-life-avatar/

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