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Saturday, March 31, 2007
The Future Is Dismal -vwv

Here is the Intelligent Nation 2015 video, IDA's vision of Singapore in the near future. I think it's been around for a while but I only saw it today.

Frankly, the future doesn't look very appealing. Instead of people who talk on phones while driving, we will have technology that enables people to drive while video conferencing. Children will visit the zoo to look at computer screens rather than animals. Shoppers can no longer read store directories and must rely on some kind of GPS device to find their way in a shopping mall. Everything becomes voice activated - good luck to the mutes. Everyone will constantly be colliding with each other because everyone is looking at his own personal display (whether hand held or worn) instead of where he is going.

Worst of all, the annoying beeps and the nausea-inducing flashing holograms that haunt you wherever you go are enough to drive anyone insane.

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Yiheng made
10:26 AM


The iN2015 was created as a 10 year Masterplan, which probably seemed like a long time ahead at that time. Well, the good news is it's only 7 more years to go, and I highly doubt any of that is going to take place. If the impression that the video gave you was that it was messy, you are very right. The IDM masterplan is also quite messy and I can't see how anything might come out of it.
By Blogger Soqcrates, at 9:54 AM  

NTT Docomo 2010 vision is only 3 years away and their video looks more high-tech and elegant. I'll be very impressed indeed if they make those paper thin holographic displays cheap enough for widespread use.
By Anonymous Yiheng, at 12:14 PM  

that's just being plain disparaging. there's nothing wrong with holograph projection screens on car windscreens, it's quite useful no? and visiting the zoo. i mean please la, of course you have the option of looking at the animals or the screens, if you choose the screens then too bad right? voice activated... technology will always benefit a majority of people while leaving those who are unable to cope behind, there will always be people who are unaccessible to tech, as long as the tech benefits many, i don't see anything to worry about. if your reasoning goes, the telephone is such a pain in the ass, good luck to mutes. and everyone colliding with each other; my god.

considering you guys are the creme de la creme, i wonder if our money was well spent.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:37 PM  

I think the anonymous person makes some sense.
But you got to admit though that theres some problem with virtual reality taking over our world. I mean kids too have a choice between tamagochi and real life pets. But it would be pretty disturbing if we all go for ultra-realistic tamagochi some days into the future, and abandon our pets.
I also felt a bit tempted to remain anonymous....but nevermind.

By Anonymous Anthony, at 8:41 PM  

No Anthony, Anonymous' comments don't make sense. What does being 'creme de la creme' have to do with offering our views of the IDM industry? Furthermore, we were passing critisisms at the iN2015. I thought internet trolls only flamed people who were SUPPORTIVE of govt policies.
By Blogger Soqcrates, at 12:00 AM  

I think the high tech gadgets are too far fetched and won't happen anytime soon for the next several years, or at least they won't gain widespread usage.

It took many years for the price of LCD panels to become almost equal to that of the CRT equivalent and ultimately, affordable by the masses .
So ditto for those holographic displays as shown in the video.

on the other hand, OLED screens seem to be more plausible in gaining widespread usage due to its flexible (can be rolled-up) nature and cheaper manufacturing costs.

By Anonymous lucas, at 4:59 PM  

For those people who are not comfortable with technologocial advances, i could only say too bad. Everyone must learn how to accept changes .
By Anonymous lucas, at 5:05 PM  

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