The Future of Augmented Reality Will Be Boring
Barron Webster

The things that currently give me information about things in my environment mostly annoy me. “It’s time to buy more milk.” “Here’s what your friends are doing right this moment.” “There’s a place just ahead with a highly-rated pizza.” “Look! A special on furnace filters!” (which I just bought and won’t need for another year).

I would like something like this if I could control what kinds of information it gave me. But since most of these gizmos are created by corporations that want to sell me something, the info they present serves their needs not mine.

One of my top uses of my iPhone is to look stuff up right in the moment — on Google or Wikipedia. If I had one of these “magic wands” I’d like to point it at something, ask a question, and get an answer. “What kind of tree is that?” “Where was this photo taken?” “How high is that hill?” “Who makes that kind of table?” “What is that spice I’m smelling?”

I’m already bored by seeing hot dogs superimposed on photos, after seeing just one.

Regarding privacy: Surely there’s a way for us to interact with these gizmos and retain privacy about the interchange. Losing privacy is mostly because these interactive services are run by corporations that are hungry for data on what we’re doing.

I want to keep Google, Facebook, all governments, and Kaspersky out of my personal affairs.

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