The Unexpected Side Effects of Recording Memories With Your Ray-Bans
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
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.
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.
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?
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.