People Who Live in Glass Houses...

...are on the internets ALL THE TIME! At least, according to this video from Corning, makers of lots of glass. It is such a cool ad. Every surface a touchscreen. Imagine! Yet dystopia lurks behind the smiles. Choose your flavor: persistent surveillance, relationship madness, unavoidable work, lack of silence, fragmented consciousness, information overload. And the ad shows no avatars (well maybe one if you count the shopping), no games, and no porn. Just happy families getting timely information from lidup to liddown. Yeah, that's how it will be.

Comments on People Who Live in Glass Houses...:

Piotr says:

Talking about glass affordance: it's just me or the "all weather damage resistant glass" at the bus stop screams "smash me"?

Posted Mar 23, 2011 10:36:36 AM | link

WT says:

Or graffiti me.

Posted Mar 23, 2011 12:29:49 PM | link

Dean says:

Its probably self cleaning, lol.

Posted Mar 23, 2011 1:30:21 PM | link

Todd Berkebile says:

That video is totally unbelievable. I mean, the guy wakes up one day sleeping on the right side of the bed and goes to sleep the next day on the left side of the bed! No couple does that, totally unbelievable.

Posted Mar 23, 2011 5:13:02 PM | link

Steve M says:

Fun - invest in windex. I, too, worry about the 'always on' possibility. Thanks for sharing!

Posted Mar 24, 2011 9:10:54 AM | link

Richard says:

>Every surface a touchscreen. Imagine!

Imagine the germs...

>the ad shows no avatars (well maybe one if you count the shopping), no games, and no porn

In the old days of online services, this was called "Noble content". People justified buying their CompuServe accounts because they wanted to check stock prices and find information that would help their children's education. Then they spent all their time in chat, forums or playing games.

In any case, I wonder where the energy is going to come from that will enable every conceivable flat, hard surface to display crisp computer graphics? And where the heavy metals are going to come from for the electronics? Time to invest in power companies and mining companies, not glass manufacturers...

>Yeah, that's how it will be.

Until we get a HUD on our glasses and can manipulate the virtual objects we see with our hands.

I see what you mean, though. Despite the obvious practical flaws of the world the ad envisions, the chances are that even if this tech were ubiquitously available it wouldn't be used remotely like that. The ad shows present-day activities with a futuristic twist, but doesn't show futuristic activities.


Posted Mar 25, 2011 4:10:21 AM | link

lena says:

When this will come in the future then everybody needs a lot of glass cleaner. We will see what comes

Posted Mar 25, 2011 10:37:11 AM | link

evan foster says:

What do you do if there's a hailstorm?

Posted Mar 26, 2011 5:55:25 PM | link

Prokofy Neva says:

Why do they have school uniforms in that fabulous future, that's what I want to know.

Posted Mar 27, 2011 7:57:21 PM | link