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May 19, 2016 3:22 PM   Subscribe

Hyper-Reality presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media.
posted by brundlefly (25 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
 
A future where we speak spanish, but everything's in english?
posted by pipeski at 4:08 PM on May 19, 2016


Future 'everything is terrible' fodder.
posted by lumpenprole at 4:33 PM on May 19, 2016


At first I was honestly, oh cool. I would like this. Then I was all. Hell no.
posted by Splunge at 4:37 PM on May 19, 2016


Reminded me of this:

https://vimeo.com/14533403

Then noticed it's made by the same guy!
posted by slater at 4:39 PM on May 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


Okay. That's the one I was thinking of. Great stuff.
posted by Splunge at 4:44 PM on May 19, 2016


kill me now please.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 4:49 PM on May 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Am I the only one that doesn't understand the end? What's with her hand? Aside from that, adblock everything.
posted by polywomp at 4:51 PM on May 19, 2016


Don't worry, this future won't come to pass because that level of clutter is the product of competition, whereas the actual future will be dominated by very tasteful monopolies. The future will be curated, for your comfort.
posted by Pyry at 4:55 PM on May 19, 2016 [3 favorites]


I enjoyed this.

I'll admit if we were suddenly able to do this, I would ad block, but i would also totally get that virtual dog. That part made me laugh with the progression to a dog wearing a hat and an apparently upgraded virtual dog house. Then again, I was a sucker at one point in my life for the virtual assistant dog in word - and you could click on to get the dog to greet you, click the mouse to have the dog do tricks, and click to turn it off and have the dog sadly walk away - I would do all of this and over and over again while the paper took a loooong time to write, I wonder why. Sad dog.

I googled around to find out more about Keiichi Matsuda, and he apparently successfully funded a kick starter to make more of these hyper reality videos - after watching the linked video, I subscribed to his YT channel and look forward to seeing more of these.
posted by Wolfster at 5:02 PM on May 19, 2016


I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
posted by chrominance at 5:32 PM on May 19, 2016


Am I the only one that doesn't understand the end? What's with her hand?

It's a biometric attack. They crash your device, so your virtual identity is just floating out there waiting to be associated with a new physical device. Then while you're on your way to the service center to get set up again, they grab some of your blood to authenticate as you so they can dump all your points.

Some related real-life events:

- How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking (on the security risks of account recovery mechanisms)
- Hacking Group Bypasses iPhone 5s Touch ID With Lifted Fingerprint (iPhone hacked by recovering fingerprint from iPhone; one of many examples of biometrics not being a great mechanism for protecting valuable stuff)
posted by john hadron collider at 5:52 PM on May 19, 2016 [6 favorites]


That is exactly the sort of hell I imagined the world through Google Glass would be.

Thank god I'm on the downhill side of life now. With any luck, I'll be outta here before that vision comes to fruition. And, it will, I assure you.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:15 PM on May 19, 2016 [3 favorites]


My favorite touch was the sound of a baby crying while the device was rebooting, cutting out as it completed booting up.
posted by phooky at 8:26 PM on May 19, 2016 [4 favorites]



kill me now please.
I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
That is exactly the sort of hell I imagined the world through Google Glass would be.


I'm sure we'll always have the option of paying someone else to wear our headsets for us.
posted by philip-random at 9:00 PM on May 19, 2016


... and for the record, I've sat in on meetings where precisely this level of over-augmentation was discussed. The feeling seemed to be that those wearing headsets would want to have a lot of control as to what input they were receiving (ie: setting of preferences). The flip of this, of course, was that the marketers etc would be doing everything they could to penetrate peoples' preferences, or pay big bucks to be in the defaults.

future now here, not coming
posted by philip-random at 9:07 PM on May 19, 2016


"I'll admit if we were suddenly able to do this, I would ad block, but i would also totally get that virtual dog."
Well, yeah - that's how we ended up where we are (& probably will end up there):
Person A: "I'd totally get that virtual dog!"
Marketing: "Wow! People love virtual dogs! Let's make sure everyone has one!"
Person B: "Hot damn! I want me one of them virtual skanks!"
Marketing: "Look! Virtual skanks are hot too! And it can play with their virtual dog! Let's push one out to everyone!"
Person C: <searches forlornly for virtual chia pet>
Marketing: "Virtual chia pets? Sure! We'll send you one free, to go with your virtual dog and virtual skank! Of course, it's ad-supported - but we promise they're individually hand-crafted and targetted to match only your own interests!"
… etc, etc, right up to our eventual Rule 34-driven enslavement by The Matrix …
posted by Pinback at 9:41 PM on May 19, 2016


Terence McKenna -- New Maps of Hyperspace

One of the most profound moments in my understanding of what Terence McKenna was talking about was this:
...technology is the real skin of our species. Humanity, correctly seen in the context of the last five hundred years, is an extruder of technological material. We take in matter that has a low degree of organization; we put it through mental filters, and we extrude jewelry, gospels, space shuttles. This is what we do. We are like coral animals embedded in a technological reef of extruded psychic objects. All our tool making implies our belief in an ultimate tool. That tool is the flying saucer, or the soul, exteriorized in three-dimensional space. The body can become an internalized holographic object embedded in a solid-state, hyperdimensional matrix that is eternal, so that we each wander through a true Elysium.

This is a kind of Islamic paradise in which one is free to experience all the pleasures of the flesh provided one realizes that one is a projection of a holographic solid-state matrix that is microminiaturized, superconducting, and nowhere to be found: it is part of the plenum. All technological history is about producing prototypes of this situation with greater and greater closure toward the ideal, so that airplanes, automobiles, space shuttles, space colonies, starships of the nuts-and-bolts, speed-of-light type are, as Mircea Eliade said, "self-transforming images of flight that speak volumes about man's aspiration to self-transcendence."
posted by symbioid at 9:47 PM on May 19, 2016 [4 favorites]


Looks a TON like Transmetropolitan. Damn if Ellis isn't the best living futurist.
posted by es_de_bah at 9:53 PM on May 19, 2016 [4 favorites]


That part made me laugh with the progression to a dog wearing a hat and an apparently upgraded virtual dog house.

Right after the she accepts the dog and it pops up in her cart, it starts begging for coconuts and pineapple. What does she have in the cart later?
posted by arcolz at 1:36 AM on May 20, 2016 [2 favorites]


I only made it halfway through. Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!
posted by Mogur at 2:27 AM on May 20, 2016


Pretty sure I've seen MAN YOG on the shelves someplace.
posted by Valued Customer at 8:52 AM on May 20, 2016


Really well done, the vibe reminds me a lot of NAWLZ.
posted by lucidium at 1:57 PM on May 20, 2016


When her biometrics got hijacked and overlaid with a dude's profile, half the product labels changed guy-centric and branded labels without yu know...changing the content of the product.

That was fun.
posted by The Whelk at 2:53 PM on May 20, 2016


Fifteen million merits?
posted by Insert Clever Name Here at 4:41 PM on May 20, 2016


reminded me of the guy who worked for money :P

also btw, re: The body can become an internalized holographic object embedded in a solid-state, hyperdimensional matrix that is eternal, so that we each wander through a true Elysium.

aspects of 'timesliced' superorgamism(s)!?
posted by kliuless at 8:18 AM on May 24, 2016


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