CES 2020

In a week! – I’m going to CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas for the first time; while I’m increasingly daunted by the sheer SIZE of the event (multiple locations, miles and miles of walking) I’m also increasingly excited about what I’m going to experience there. Tons of amazing talks on the future immersive tech, entertainment, healthcare, living…and AI…and…and…phew, I’m tired already 😉

Thankfully I’m getting a tour with David Polinchok, an industry old timer who’s been giving tours around the floor for a few years now.

Looking forward to seeing everything and anything about AR, VR, haptics, architectural applications for VR (something I’ve been talking about for ages), new headsets, holograms, and a million other things that have been dutifully bookmarked in their floor plan / app.

And while the large companies are pulling out all the stops (which will be a-mazing to experience), I’m particularly interested in seeing the startup section, where the small newbie companies will be presenting what they are working on; will be good to see the trends there. Where are people putting their efforts?

I’ll be tweeting on the way, and while I’ve not been a dedicated Twitter user think it’s the easiest and best way to give quick update and insights. Follow me at www.twitter.com/decahedralist.

Our truthy future

TruthinessI’m listening to a podcast where they are talking about using interviews with Holocaust survivors as future unalienable “proof” to deniers that it actually happened…what I can’t stop thinking is, with rapidly advancing video editing (and deepfakes) anything we see won’t be any proof at all.

Which begs the question…how will anyone know *anything* they see, or hear is real? We are already in the age of “truthiness”, to steal a Stephen Colbert term that hit the nail on the oh-so-perfect-head; if social media is already manipulating us, and we as consumers only believe things that already “make sense” to us, the impact will be serious; people will only trust what they already believe – and disregard what doesn’t jive with their gut.

There are people / companies working on being able to identify a deepfake, once they get so good that the engineered fake is imperceptible from the original. I’m not so sure the general public will much care; much like how easily fake news is accepted at face value, despite solid evidence to the contrary – and science deniers (flat earthers!) who disregard even the most basic tenets science – we seem to have indeed moved to a post-truth society.

And the ability for entities to manipulate public opinion will be even greater.  In college I took a class in Propaganda and Film with Roger Manvell (fascinating man btw), who ran propaganda for the UK in WW2; we learned about techniques that were used to influence public opinion…social media these past few years has upped the stakes; will future education include training in critical thinking, to be able to identify manipulative content and strategies? I somehow doubt it.

We live in interesting times.