Could very well be like that except I would make the following changes...
1) The people wouldn't be slender and stylish, they would be obese and have trouble waving their hand to change views.
2) They wouldn't be looking at slick and well designed interfaces, they would be lame hacked together screens made by developing nations like India or China who care more about production than effective displays of information.
3) Related to point 2, the applications would crash a lot.
4) The video displays in the glass would actually pause and a little "loading" icon or wording will display in the US... this is because AT&T will control most of the data communication and their network is unreliable and slow. Not to mention as much as 25% of people now don't even have broadband let alone something like fiber which is what these applications would need.
5) Info display on glass at bus stops and schools? Scrap that. This is because by this time in the future bandwidth will be a pay for service where you pay by the kilobyte/megabyte and public services wouldn't have access to additional funding due to lack of public support for increasing taxes. Again, schools can't even pay for computers made a few years ago let alone touch glass for all students.
6) "Hello Emilie?" More like hello "Female Social security number 345-888-9999 who stands 5'7" and currently weighs 124 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes married with two children". This is because the information provided to such devices will be based on public information on the net or from government computers who will know everything about a person... no privacy.
7) When the guy wakes up in the morning to touch his television, he has already been tracked, scanned and then the commercials on his TV will be pushing him to "Buy this book" commercials based on his previous viewing habits.
8) Add in a bunker because by this time in the future, no glass is going to help you much against terrorist bombings.
9) Cut out the number of glass devices used because the average person in the world is only going to be able to afford food and water in their shack of a house due to increasing poverty.
10) Lastly, substitute the clean air on the outside with polluted air, the water out of the faucet with colored water and put in glass that perhaps monitors levels of radiation. This is because people pollute the planet and so it may be a world of glass, but a world of glass which lets you see into the terrible world outside.
Granted, a world like that would be fantastic! But we all know the path we are heading down and it isn't the people making many decisions. People hate one another, greed is everywhere, technology continues to enable people to push crap versus share "valuable" knowledge. Not to mention if we don't invest more in education, social and environmental programs, this type of future will probably never come to pass. We will have annihilated ourselves by then.
This post has been edited by Martyr2: 26 March 2011 - 03:25 PM
So.... I actually watched the video this time... Where are the fingerprints? Why were the kids soccer cleats immaculately clean? Why was no one screaming at her to get her shoes off the kitchen counter? Is there a glass soccer field with simulated grass they aren't showing us? Where are all the germophobes with their pocket-size spray bottles of Lysol? If you have to use a touchscreen kiosk to shop, why do you need a physical store?
I have to admit, however, after the video ended and the YouTube replay button appeared, I had the urge to touch it. Sadly, my laptop doesn't allow me to operate the buttons on the monitor by touch and I ended up with a big, greasy, nachoy cheese fry fingerprint in the middle of my screen.
Maybe the glass is germ resistant? Maybe it's got tiny lazors like the ones Bill Gates is using to kill mosquitoes only smaller and they kill germs!! I bet you could also use that as an anti-theft thing. Steal my sheet of glass and it lazors you! That would be cool.
2) Just because something is made in China, or India, doesn't mean it's inferior. The really good developers there- that want to be there- aren't the ones that have to get cheap outsourcing jobs- so judging a countries potential by the behavior of outsourcing staff is not going to give you an accurate idea of that countries capabilities. Beyond this, Living and working in a culture gives you an idea of how to deal with the people who are in that culture, so the horror stories of Indian outsourcing where, eg, an entire office is actually one guy sitting between two computers pretending to be three different people while forcing his relatives to do the work for no pay... it's much more difficult to pull that kind of wool over the eyes of someone who is physically present and who really expects that you might possibly try to do that.
3) I don't really have anything to contribute to this, but it seems to me that an existing standard (such as Android or Samsung's Bada OS) would be used on these kinds of things. Bada actually seems like a better option, because these don't really need to run a lot of programs and Bada has great performance on the lower-end smartphones.
4) spot on.
5) I think these would still happen. They've already happened here- 3D TV's in elevators and so on, for high traffic areas. It wouldn't be something you'd see everywhere, certainly, but I think especially for billboards, a cheapskate version of these technologies would exist. Billboard signs like you see on the side of the road, for instance, look photographically real but in reality have a pixel density of about 4 DPI- making them much cheaper to print. Some kind of scaling down of this would be possible, especially since, for many road signs and street lights, solar power is a real option to keep costs down.
6 and 7 seem highly contradictory. Either it would be a privately controlled service (and thus public records might be used but more likely something like OpenID or google accounts) or it would be a state-funded enterprise (in which case it wouldn't advertise to you- you don't need to advertise to a taxpayer to get them to pay taxes).
8) there are varieties of ballistic glass that would make a knight in shining 2-inch thick plate steel armor feel like he's wearing kraft singles. Translucent ceramics (the same materials used to make, among other things, handgun barrels with no metal in them whatsoever) do exist. Glass- the standard variation stuff in your window- effectively blocks infrared radiation. Just because something is glass doesn't mean it must be fragile, and just because you can see through it doesn't mean it's letting through light in the non-visible spectrum.
10) the world outside seems to be doing better lately. Even China and India are looking for ways to get away from fossil fuels, because they increase in price exponentially as time goes on and so become less and less economically feasible.
I don't like that all of these displays seem to be viewable from the back. How are you supposed to look at porn discreetly? And yeah, any that are in public I'd give about 5 minutes before they're trashed beyond usability.
I give it 0.01 seconds before Joey the handy man drops that shit lifting it out of the truck and just shrugs off the giant crack down the lower right corner. And who cares about cleaning off the grease smears once done... it's my job to install, not to clean, get a woman to do that damn it!
How is it powered? What's causing the displays? There still has to be electrical components, and I see none.
There's a bunch of different technologies for this kind of stuff, Organic light emitting diodes (OLED), electric glass, or super thin films that stick on glass like tint. They each have their own special kind of witchcraft.