Living in IPv6: What Happens When Everything & Everywhere Goes Online?

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What happens when every physical object and place has an internet IP address?  This could happen in the very near future, and the impact on daily life could be profound. Several trends are already moving in that direction: Hardware: We already see RFID tags used to track the whereabouts of consumer goods.  Consumer electronics, vehicles,[...]

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Augmented Reality, Political Groupthink, and Civil Society

Earlier this month, I wrote about one potential danger of immersive augmented reality–the potential for becoming addicted to it.  The chances for dependency will increase, I argued, the more ubiquitous the technology becomes, and the more we gain the ability to customize the augmented displays that we see.   Augmentation could then become narcissism and self-aggrandizement. There[...]

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Everything Illuminated: Taggants as Ubiquitous AR Markers – Part 2

  In my previous post on this subject, I described a future in which “taggants” (trackable micro- or nano-sized particles) are everywhere–in the paint on a building, the fabric of our clothes, impregnated in the metal and plastic of our consumer goods and vehicles … even in clouds of dust.  A ubiquitous network of machine-recognizable[...]

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A Trillion Points of Light? Taggants as Ubiquitous AR Markers – Part 1

The concept of painting the world with tiny taggants is too big for one blog post.  In this first part, I’ll describe what I mean by “ubiquitous marking.”  In the second, I’ll outline some of the legal issues that such an approach might raise. The nearly universal sentiment of those who spoke at the recent[...]

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