24 1 / 2016
When we think about the advancement of the technology sector, Moore’s law quickly comes to mind. The upward line is a concise explanation to powerful evidence of modern computing - the computer in our phones are more powerful than what NASA used to land a man on the moon, cars now have over 100 million lines of code, etc. The amount of information we can access in an instant has changed over and over again during the last hundred years. The benefits to consumers and businesses has been significant in many ways, especially when it comes to what can be known prior to purchase.
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Product specifications and reviews are broadly available, as well as much more visual information than even a couple of decades ago. It can be hard to remember what it was like to make a purchase decision without being able to search multiple sites for reviews, take photos of the product or the space you intended to fill it with. It begs the never answered question - what’s next?
Last month Court Wescott wrote a piece in TechCrunch in which he proposes a follow up to Moore’s law, the Law of Information Accessibility. Wescott outlines the advances in his lifetime and how they’ve increased with exponential speed. As Wescott states, “Technology wants us to not only process information more quickly, but to also input and access relevant information, from our technology, faster.”
In the future, Wescott proposes a big part of this input and access will be provided by augmented reality (AR), and specifically head mounted displays which will expand our ability to see, capture and respond to our real and imagined worlds. Just as the emergence of the eye in the Cambrian era is argued to be the most significant point in the history of evolution, Wescott says, “The Internet, AR and computer vision are part of the same pattern, in that each are massive breakthroughs of increasingly efficient means of the speed at which organisms can summon meaningful data about the external world.”