A Short Film Imagines a Creepy World as Seen Through Augmented-Reality Contacts

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Aug. 2 2012 5:52 PM

A Short Film Imagines a Creepy World as Seen Through Augmented-Reality Contacts

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Sergey Brin sports the Google Glass Explorer edition. Are augmented-reality contacts next?

Photo by KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/GettyImages

The augmented-reality eyewear of Google’s Project Glass won’t be available until 2013. But two students from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem are imagining the technological leap that might come next: augmented-reality contacts complete with apps.

In the short film “Sight,” Daniel Lazo and Eran May-raz depict a world in which contacts display extra information about everything on which you set your eyes, from when the leftovers in your fridge will go bad to how your date is responding to unctuous banter. Gamification permeates everything—even cutting a cucumber correctly will win you points.

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The story follows a next-gen brogrammer through his daily routine. While the takeaway—that technology permeates our lives, interfering with our relationships and even dminishing our sense of humanity—isn’t wholly new, it’s nevertheless a discomfiting vision of the future.

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.

Torie Bosch is the editor of Future Tense, a project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State that looks at the implications of new technologies. 

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