Wow thank you for the well written article.

I’ve tried an app called 1SE which stands for “1 second everyday” and has you capture regular, phone camera style a 1-sec video or picture and then it groups into a playback for the year. It was fun but doing it with glasses would def be easier.

Related to the sci-fi, actually have a book idea I’ve been trying to write for a couple decades about the memory storage technology. Eventually I will. More of a dystopian twist for sure.

Thanks for sharing your experience

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Photography changed from something other people did to something I could do when I received my first, cheap Kodak. The cost of film and processing restricted my activity until I had children of my own. During that period, memory capture was 80% photography and 20% video camcorder. That was good enough for 20 years. Then came the smartphone, where I did all that on one device, with the only limit being how much storage I had before offloading to computer or online service.

It wasn't until the advent of the smartphone that I noticed what you called downstream degradation of culture: people at sporting events holding up glass rectangles! I was tsk-tsking at it all. Not surprisingly, I find my answer to the deal-breaker to be simply this: I'm old-school. I prefer to be in the moment.

That doesn't mean I won't take picture and videos of a vacation. But those will more likely be snapshots, posed and intentional.

I wasn't aware of the shaky culture relationship, so I'll just skip to the part I was just reading Frank Lantz' DonkeySpace article about AI. He linked to David Chapman's "Better Without AI". Chapman included a dystopian scenario much like your question about everyone wearing special goggles. (link: https://franklantz.substack.com/p/unpluggers-deflators-etc-pt-3-why)

My view is that we don't need such extremes for a cultural obsession to be disruptive. Social norms are very elastic. In 1970, people would give wide berth to a person who talked out loud while lurching down the sidewalk (watch out for that crazy person!) In 1990, people would assume that person was having a self-absorbed phone conversation through a barely visible earpiece (look at that rude person, violating my personal space!) Today, everyone seems to be interacting with a smartphone. (Venmo me, drop a pin! Where is my Uber?)

There's not much of a leap from glass rectangles to glassholes. :) Just beware the designer frames!

I don't think you're missing anything, because this experience will be personal for each of us. I don't foresee evil lurking. Just more consumerism and attention wars.

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The Shiny Dime for me is that these resolve the tension between immersion and capture. I always think of being present in the moment and capturing the moment as mutually exclusive. But you make a strong case that it might not be case.

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Mar 19Liked by Michael Dean

Great article

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wow, your last week of feb looked really fun! now i'm tempted LOL

does the software know to clip "eventful" moments through AI or was this manually compiled?

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I've spent the past few years turning my camera on, putting my phone down, and forgetting it for long minutes. I don't try to capture the visuals; I want to remember the ambience. I think I started doing this after hanging out with smart, high people. I needed to store their conversations somewhere. Sometimes, I prop my phone and catch a weird angle. Rewatching it gives a new perspective on the same night.

That was a long way to say I need these Ray-Bans.

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