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I really wish I could click on that.
July 23, 2008, 7:47 pm
Filed under: gadgets

Some will say it’s a sign of society’s growing over-dependency on technology, but I find it genuinely frustrating when I can’t click on some object in the physical world and have it bring up related information.  It takes a moment to realize that there is no mouse, no network connectivity, and no mouse or other interface device.  This realization consistently brings with it disappointment.

Which is why when I went to Japan I was so intrigued by this technology:

These barcodes essentially allow “hardlinking,” or hyperlinking various kinds of information directly from physical reality.  Once you get over the myriad kneejerk pornographic applications, you can begin to imagine where this might conceivable lead.  One dream scenario springs to mind: impulse buying made yet more instantaneous, once these are integrated into advertisements.  Hum-drum educational applications (at the museum, etc.) are also likely to be of interest to those less slavish to commerce.

i need to go buy something useless.

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