With all the footing we’ve gained in science and technology over the last decade, the past still remains a relevant focal point. Today’s technology can bridge the gap between our past and our present, thanks to augmented reality. We have heard about using technology to peer into what future society might look like, but what about technology that helps us go back in time, so maybe we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.
Augmented Reality Vs. Virtual Reality
Augmented reality isn’t exactly the same thing as Virtual Reality (VR).
Augmented means having added or enhanced, whereas Virtual is being submerged into a completely alternate (changed) reality. Augmented reality can be as small as the cutesy filters you use on Snapchat to “alter” your look (“you’re a cute dog, oh wait, now you’re a fairy”).
It can also be as significant as “traveling” to a period in time where young people in America were ready for a shift. A+E Networks has taken the next step in augmenting reality, supporting five NYC University teams to produce new augmented reality experiences to show people of modern times the incredible changes that took place in 1968.
With the augmented reality trip, the year chosen was interesting as it was the year of many notable occurrences in history.
In 1968 leaders were assassinated, including Martin Luther King Jr and Robert F. Kennedy, the war in Vietnam was taking place, and young people were rising up to fight against the injustices happening in the U.S. and around the world. Many of the injustices that occurred in the 1960s events are very reminiscent of what is currently happening in our reality today.
NYC Media Lab in presenting A+E Networks (through History.com) has created a fellowship with a small group of NYC-based graduates to bring forth this experience in time. With the ability to help these students gain more experience in their field of technology, they’ve created a way to time hop to 1968.
What A+E Networks is doing with the augmented reality of 1968 is hoping to have an audience engage in history. It will be a new way to show rather than tell people about a portion in time that was crucial to America. This will be an exciting venture into exploring immersive media about historical events.
A+E’s History is hoping this will bring in more people excited by historical subjects, and propel the network’s reinvention further.
Viewers will be able to explore this pivotal year for America in many editorial outlets, including web features, social content and podcasts. All of this will be created following the anticipated success of the AR medium.
With technology making leaps in bounds in contemporary times, augmented reality is not as concerning as other facets of the advances made.
The Next Step In Technology
Tremendous breakthroughs in science and technology are forging ahead even further. The next plateau that we will see may include AIs (Artificial Intelligence) being further integrated into society. We presently have self-driving vehicles in their beta stage, and one famous AI named Sophia.
Although we have made great strides, there are still concerns that engineers are unsure about how the vehicles actually know what to do. Sophia gives great minds such as Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawkins pause, as they’re against AIs being produced. Among their concerns, others in their community feel AIs are unpredictable and have the potential for thinking for themselves eventually.
Even with these worries on the tips of their tongues, our society seems unbothered and ready to embark on an exciting and daring future anyway. A future where man creates machines that will be able to assist with our everyday lives. If you’ve seen the show ‘Black Mirror’, you may be aware that more and more of our lives are starting to look like an episode of the Netflix show.