I just backed a Kickstarter project for a camera that will produce animated GIF file output.  It’s called OTTO and the link is here.

Earlier I had backed the Memeto, now called Narrative, Clip.  The Narrative Clip is a life-logging wearable that takes a photo every 30 seconds.  The link to the Narrative Clip is here.

There is even a DoorBot for smartphones.  You attach the DoorBot to your door and connect to it over WiFi with your smartphone, even if you’re not at home.  Anyone who approaches your door you can see and talk to on your smartphone.  The link to the DoorBot is here.

Big things have been going on with cameras and photos everywhere and not just on smartphones.   The word of the year is #selfie.  What does all of this pervasive photo-snapping mean?

(1) Everyone and I do mean everyone, has a camera and is using it.
If you own a smartphone it has a camera and you are using it.  Even feature phones had cameras, but the data connection on smartphones means cameras are capturing all and exporting it.

(2) The cloud is more than just the global photo archivist, it is now the memory of mankind.
Photos from smartphones are being stored in the cloud and these photos are logging every aspect of our lives and every detail of an event, all events.

(3) We have moved forward from Time Zero of no photographic history or mankind memory.
Now that all things are imaged and stored as data and timestamped, images of all things will be retrievable in any particular chronological ordering.  In a visual sense, mankind’s memory has moved from the subconscious of artistic rendering and sporadic photos to detailed descriptive photos of everything.  Mankind has moved from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to the Iron Age to the Photo Age.  The Information Age was just a blip along the way.

(4) As the visual becomes eternal, we will visualize the non-visual more.
Since seeing will be recorded, remembered and retrieved, the way we will seek to make the non-perceptible real will be to cause it to be seen.  This has long been a scientific tact of producing experiments that leave visual residue, for instance cloud chambers that produced tracks from highly charged particles.  The visible mist produced by particles was indirect evidence of particle existence.

Where pervasive photography is different is that we’ll now want to see a photo or video clip of whatever it is we’re looking for: a ghost, an alien, a new life form.

(5) Writing is a blip on the human path.
We write to communicate where we cannot speak.  As we move to pervasive photographic images we will be left with only speech and pictures.  All text will fall asunder.  That’s hard to imagine today.  Certainly text can convey with brevity what speech requires time and patience.   However it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words and images convey more information than text and even more than most speech.  The future will be humans talking and seeing, but not writing.

So Google Glass is showing us the way of our technological and social evolution.  We will have photos everywhere, taken from everywhere and everytime from Time Zero forward.   We will speak to interact, even with computers.  We will receive information more and more by imagery which transcends language.

It’s not the e-reader that is the death of books.  It’s the camera, the ubiquitous camera.  We want to see all the images.  They tell us so much more. 

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