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Augmented reality … AR …
Most Millennials know VR (Virtual Reality) by default, through gaming.
AR is different, whereas VR is a creation of a reality albeit it is a fantasy, AR is its opposite, fantasy embedded into the reality that we perceive as Reality.
Of course, Reality as we perceive is mostly The Absolute That Is Not The Absolute!
For a while our ancestors were worried about falling of the edge of this Absolute, when humankind saw the world as flat and finite
If something is flat and finite at some moment there is an edge and you will fall off it.
That is logical, right?
Euclidean space is 3D but flat if I remember correctly, or perhaps I am getting mixed up with plane geometry, which is not the same as plain geometry.
Yes, I got that wrong but let me leave it at that, let my space-time line of motion remain transparent.
Plane geometry is 2D with a Sky above, and the Underworld beneath one’s feet or tummy as one crawls along without height but only width and breath.
Then our plane geometry of school years became spherical trigonometry of tertiary education, and stars gave way to satellites for a more convenient measurement system via GPS.
I should have figured that the Tao that can be named is not the true Tao which remains nameless, and that the world would never be the same again when the sum of the internal angles of a spherical triangle can be greater or lesser than 180 and 180 would only be the instance when the spherical triangle is actually flat or so flat that the little h of calculus can be made to disappear into practically nothing so that we have flat as flat as our sensory evolution allows to resolve.
We have written a lot in the past about the CaveMan debt collection that our Still Stuck In The Stone Age societies are caught up in not understanding the Great Entanglement that is independent of SpaceTime or that irritating limit of the speed of light and all its brothers and sisters and cousins and aunts and uncles of extended family electromagnetic waves, sometimes particles if we wish and at other times waves collapsing in an instance of determination so that our understanding of the Universe can materialize to further our survival.
In a holistic view of Reality, debt collection is but a one dimensional flat earth vector that will have one fall off into a nothing of a solution if it is not part and parcel of a greater consciousness that can hear the single flapping of a butterfly wing ...
Absolute Reality is a collective expression of all the Great Entanglement encompasses, a glimmer of which we can now have via the new field of quantum communications.
Like it or not we are all interconnected as all that is indeed is interconnected ... the Erdos-Bacon number works out to less than 6 for both Facebook and Twitter so each of us is connected to everyone else by a fragile red thread that loops around at most half a dozen of each of us ... !
We also spent an enormous amount of time in the past year as we developed our eco-system of associates on tendering in IT in a Cosmos of Corruption, a denial really, a hope, no, rather a naïve delusion that fairness is like a thick invisible ether prevailing in the system, but the human lust for power transcends most systems and even in our Miracle Rainbow Nation we have not been exempt from it.
Most of this is still palatable but the one that is still hard to swallow is the ongoing flat earth tyrants of debt collection, with their smokers cough gruff voices, sjamboks and tight skin high heeled leather suits if not jackboots beneath hairy knees … J
VR is escapism, a withdrawal into Fantasy, in a way a surrender … !
AR though is the on going fight, the activism for what is right, the introduction of augmented reality ideas and memes into sterile flat world ‘realities’ that have barely moved on since our ancestors washed up on a beach by accident and some managed to catch a breath … and squirm and crawl ...
AR may be literally a technology only, the insertion of ideal objects like designer furniture into our living rooms, or clothes that fit our waistlines without having to add to our carbon footprint by travelling to a mall and close some stuffy real door of a cubicle in an overcrowded shopping space with a dodgy latch to try clothes on …
But it is more, it is the pursuit of merging idealism for an augmented reality, one that is far nobler than the many myriad expressions that we face daily … that is why we persevere with GreenIt! even though a child would understand its simplicity so why not adults!?
It is the calling out of the many lies that obscure and fog, like that capitalism is pro free market and individual freedom, and that the sickness of interest is an inevitable malaise that we have to endure as masses of serfs bowing to the Lords Of The 1% … or that Che Guevara is The Militant Christ and not the assassin that he was, that the likes of Stalin and Mao were not the evil of Hitlers.
What has this all got to do with IT?
Nothing and Everything, as Saladin says to Balian in “The Kingdom Of God” when the latter asks him what Jerusalem means to him …