“What will New Media be like in 2060?”
The never-ending thirst for change and innovation has blossomed into an extremely dangerous addiction. “The paradox of choice” a realization of why more is less and an explanation on how we’ve become slaves to change. Slaves to the New Media society we live in. With fascinating and more importantly “useful” ways to take technology and escape boundaries and limits once placed on us, New Media could not only change our lives, it could become our lives. Military robots, virtual reality simulators, and social media, we have dived head first into the “New Media” generation and only time will tell if this will benefit or hinder the way we live.
Social media is now a standard in today’s world. If you don’t have a Facebook account or a Twitter feed you are valued less as a person. You will miss most social events and will never understand the satisfaction of receiving double digit likes on a picture or 100 retweets on a tweet directed to Kanye West about how absolutely horrid his last video was. However this is just the start with social media, Facebook and Twitter have only been around for 9 years, with 5 years of solid popularity. It’s now the main driving force in today’s society. With the connectivity to absolutely everything in your life and the entire world being able to add you as a friend or follow your feed its now become a virtual world that we live in. Social Media will only expand with smartphones being able to do everything imaginable we will only rely more heavily rely on our phones in 50 years. Prototypes of new products including “Google Glass” may even eliminate the need of a cell phone and make everything virtual. “Google Glass” is a headset reminiscing of what an X-Man hero would wear. The prototype shows interaction vocally and through hand movements. With a simple voice command like “take picture” the “Google Glass” will take a picture of whatever you’re staring at in the moment. You can also simply look at barcodes and “Google Glass” will scan it and present you with cheaper options and directions to where they’re located. Many new apps like Snapchat and Tinder educe various ways for online dating through smartphones and iPods, and with the inclusion of a future product called the Full-Body Haptic Suit, which allows you to interact between two bodies through sensors. Doors will open to Virtual Sex Apps and Chat-rooms all over the Internet. Social Media is a key component in the growth in New Media.
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“Life Imitates Art” a quote by Oscar Wilde, which means that we are inspired in real life by something created by art. So with virtual reality gaining popularity it seems possible to believe that we are getting closer to actually living in a created world that we’ve been inspired by. Where the masses get to reach that perfection they can never achieve, in a world where you get to be anything you want instead of being who you are. With “Full immersion virtual reality” stated to be fully functional and distributed in 2039. With astounding realism and pinpoint detail users now have the option to become the character and live inside their world. Human brains are actually connecting with computer intelligence. Rather than needing a computer screen to view a game, you can actually have it form within your own nervous system, as it was a dream, however you decide when to stat and when to end. What does this mean for New Media? It means new worlds. It allows us what we’ve been craving for most, full virtual reality. Absolute control to a computer generated life that we could partake in. Some might say its “The Matrix” way of living. When the film came out people were amazed by the overall theme and world that the movie portrays, however as we edge closer to New Media we can see that this isn’t just a far fetched dream anymore, virtual worlds are now possible to live in. With new doors being opened to how to live life and reality becoming more obsolete we find ourselves fending for the impossible. Society has become unsatisfied with the norm of everyday life, so in result we decide to expand and cater to the desires of consumers. A dream come true, or perhaps a nightmare foreshadowing behind us. The thrill of wanting more, battling with the loss of true happiness. Satisfaction is slowly dying in the New Media age.
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Living in a world where war and fear is served on a sliver platter through television sets and radio stations it only makes sense that New Media would give a hand in aiding the constant battle over religion and oil. With innovation in the minds of the wrong people, New Media can lead to tragic and lethal creations. Like Obama signing the approval to deploy drones to Middle Eastern countries to serve and protect US Military Soldiers and at the same time, taking the lives of innocent people and destroying homes. The top robotic companies “HDT Robotics, iRobot, Northrop Grumman, and QinetiQ got to showcase their machine gun-armed robot named “SWORDS”. The demo showcased the man-made robot accurately hitting targets 500 feet away, which to the United States of America seems like a god given gift. Lt. Col. Willie Smith, chief of the Unmanned Ground Vehicles at For Benning was quoted saying “They’re not just tools, but members of the squad.” 100 years ago, battles were fought in the trenches, now it seems that wars are fought with money and technology. Creating unfair advantages for the rich to bully the lesser with technology that surpasses human levels. The Terminator, a movie staring the ex governor of Florida, Arnold Schwarzenegger shows a robotic creation to aid the military in war. With sequels and the most recent “Terminator Salvation” it opens the very real possibility of how all these artificial intelligent war machines could actually do more harm then good. It seems we are leading ourselves down a dangerous path by giving machines weaponry and the intelligence to think for themselves.
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What will New Media be like in 2060? With a question like that you have to understand that not only will New Media be the driving force in todays world but quite possibly the same force that drives the world into destruction. New Media is a wonderful dream filled with everlasting ways to interact using Social Media, creating relationships online, living entire lives through Virtual Reality and helping protect lives with military weapons and robots. It seems like a wonderful future, however it’s also dawns a haunting nightmare revolving around addiction to change, the need for more and the possibility of dangerous encounters with linking artificial intelligence to weaponry. We are in a new world, the impossible is now possible, and imagination can now be fully accessed. There’s no more “what if” there’s only “what’s next?’” and what’s next could be the thing that kills us.