A day made of glass

June 2nd 2011

This video shows the design vision of Corning, a company that specializes in glass. Not just any glass, but glass incorporating technology, electronics and displays. And it sure shows in their videoclip. But it makes me wonder, what extra value can glass have that makes it so suitable for the future?

The video presents an endless amount of displays and huge stocks of data that all have to be organized by different systems. These systems all connect to each other and when the information is presented to the user, the user still has to make choices, such as manipulating photographs or hitting the snooze button, and organize the information on different displays and handheld devices.

Computers were invented to perform tasks faster and make life easier. Looking at this video I get the impression that this version of the future actually makes life harder by overwhelming the users with functionality.  A transparent vision, but how fragile will it turn out to be?

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Posted 17/06/2011 – 16:32

A severe case of aphonia has struck this utopia, no wonder that human interaction is overwhelming when the means of communication are reduced to lips reading and alphabet sorting, On the positive side, it seems that omnipresent muzak has ceased to cause mental distress and unemployment is no longer an issue, everyone is now a fashionista.

Should men be able to give birth to children?

Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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