What You See Is What You Get

Some thoughts are sticky.

Some thoughts are sticky.

Imagine riding in a car without windows. Inside there’s a wrap around 360 screen so you can watch what the auto is passing along the road. If you don’t want to see what you are missing outside you change the screen and buy stuff while in route to destination.

Once at destination you put on glasses with a mini-screen.  The auto door opens automatically and you take a few steps to sit on an electric scooter. The scooter knows where to go as you view what it passes with your special glasses.  If you don’t like what you see then change eyeglass screen and buy more stuff.

What a future! I plan on providing all those screens with viewing content for future commuters. Just imagine peculiar and insightful StickyPhilosopher bumper stickers on every screen you see!  And if you should turn off a screen my plan is for you to see StickyPhilosopher bumper stickers out in the real world.

I’m sure you cannot get all your information from a screen.  What you see is often not what you get. It’s critical to experience the world without any screens restricting your view.  Go out and see it.  (But before you go please forward this post. Thank you.)

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2 thoughts on “What You See Is What You Get

  1. Reality always has more properties than can be derived in any of our theories about it. Enclosing ourselves in an artificial virtual reality would reduce our experience to a simplified, algorithm-created world. Since our cognitive structures derive from interactions with reality, this would reduce the potential of our development. We would become algorithm-like ourself, more predictable. We would probably become better consumers.
    I prefer not to have such glasses and to see the world itself. However, you have to be open-minded as well. Some poeple use their own brains as generators for artificial worlds (as-if-constructions that pretend to be reality, also known as ideologies). So you can have those screens and glases inside. The world then becomes simple and predictable and everything makes sense 😉

    This reminds me of an old but interesting book: Stanislaw Lem described a civilization enclosing itself in his 1964 book Summa Technologiae. What we call virtual reality he called phantomology. I have to read that book again, too long ago I have looked into it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summa_Technologiae).

    • The link you mention between virtual reality and (Lem’s) “phantomology” prompts me to reconsider the various personas we conjure up to drift around the Internet world. Although my phantom isn’t much different that what I see in the mirror. Or at least I thought that was the case. 🙂 And because of this, I thank you for your comments.

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