David Chalmers sees his IPhone as more than an Outboard Brain, but as part of his mind (Cyborg). "A whole lot of my cognitive activities and my brain functions have now been uploaded into my IPhone. It stores a whole lot of my beliefs, phone numbers, addresses, whatever. It acts as my memory for these things. It's always there when I need it." Chalmers even claims it holds some of his desires. "I have a list of all of my favorite dishes at the restaurant we go to all the time in Canberra. I say, OK, what are we going to order? Well, I'll pull up the iPhone - these are the dishes we like here. It's the repository of my desires, my plans."
Mark Bernstein on Scott McCloud's Making Comics on its lessons for Story Telling. Some of his points are new and important. In a single frame, for example, he sums up beautifully why simple immersive media wouldn't accomplish everything we want, (even if) we all had HoloDecks (Virtual Reality) at our disposal. (Comic Book)
Virtual Reality involves a number of promising technologies, none of which have come into wide use yet (2013). (more)
The Advanced Technology Group (ATG) was a corporate research laboratory at Apple Computer from 1986 to 1997. ATG was an evolution of Apple's Education Research Group (ERG) and was started by LarryTesler in October 1986 to study long term research into future technologies that were beyond the time frame or organizational scope of any individual product group. Over the next decade it was led by DavidNagel, RichardLeFaivre, and Don Norman. It was known as AppleResearchLabs during Norman's tenure as VP of the organization. Steve Jobs closed the group when he returned to Apple in 1997... Apple's ATG was the birthplace of Color Quick Draw, Quick Time, Quick Time VR, Quick Draw 3D, QuickRing, 3DMF the 3D metafile graphics format, Color Sync, HyperCard, Apple events, Apple Script, Apple's PlainTalk speech recognition software, Apple Data Detectors, the VTwin software for indexing, storing, and searching text documents, Macintalk Pro Speech Synthesis, the Newton handwriting recognizer, the component software technology leading to OpenDoc, MCF, HotSauce, Squeak Smalltalk, and the children's programming environment Cocoa (a trademark Apple later reused for its otherwise unrelated Cocoa application frameworks). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Advanced_Technology_Group
MCF was developed by Ramanathan V. Guha at Apple Advanced Technology Group between 1995 and 1997. Rooted in knowledge-representation systems such as CycL, KRL, and KIF, it sought to describe objects, their attributes, and the relationships between them. One application of MCF was HotSauce, also developed by Guha while at Apple. It generated a 3D visualization of a web site's table of contents, based on MCF descriptions. By late 1996, a few hundred sites were creating MCF files and Apple HotSauce allowed users to browse these MCF representations in 3D. When the research project was discontinued, Guha left Apple for Netscape, where, in collaboration with Tim Bray, he adapted MCF to use XML and created the first version of the Resource Description Framework (RDF). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta_Content_Framework
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