Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 16th Aug 2010 06:41 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I've seen it so many times in the movies and TV: a person wakes up in this futuristic world, walks by his kitchen, and a computerized voice is telling him that someone is calling him. But instead of picking up a receiver, the call is actually a video-call, and his TV is used for the conversation. If you put 2 and 2 together, this is not really that futuristic. Having a camera attached on your TV, and a VoIP SIP or Skype connection with it, is not mad science. So why don't we already have this on our TVs?
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Social issues
by richsax on Mon 16th Aug 2010 08:03 UTC
richsax
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2010-08-16

You completely miss the point. Video calls have been technically possible for decades (my dad owned one of those ISDN "videophone"), and there's no shortage of implementations today.

The problem is that the majority of people does not WANT to participate in video calls. Not even the tech savvy youngsters want any of it.

Others will have to discuss the psychology involved. Even Facetime will be Failtime (even when it get support for 3g/4g), because folks don't like that way of communicating.

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RE: Social issues
by ARUmar on Mon 16th Aug 2010 09:14 in reply to "Social issues"
ARUmar Member since:
2009-10-08

hav to agree , remember reading a study (dont remember wher probably science) and the basic conclusion was we dont want to see who were on the phone with.but considering the current demographic and what happened with chatroullete i thinks we may have to be worried about something else altogether

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RE[2]: Social issues
by richsax on Mon 16th Aug 2010 13:24 in reply to "RE: Social issues"
richsax Member since:
2010-08-16

hav to agree , remember reading a study (dont remember wher probably science)


Yeah, found it - at least a similar one.

It conveys these points, translated into people-speak:

1] Ubiquitous video phones means, from a social conduct standpoint, that you either always use or never use the video feature. It would be "odd" if you didn't, if it was established practice.

2] Point 1] thus "forces" people to show their face when groggy (the many girls who depend on makeup wouldn't be able to answer), unable to make unwarranted sick leave calls (who haven't at one point or another?), uncomfortable calls would become even more so, etc, etc.

Hence, people hate video calls, except maybe under well defined office hours where the above points matters less. But even then, most people just don't want any of it (exceptions exists.)

Making the case for video-chat is dead on arrival.

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RE: Social issues
by elmimmo on Mon 16th Aug 2010 09:44 in reply to "Social issues"
elmimmo Member since:
2005-09-17

The fact that you wouln't use it for the casual phone call does not mean you wouldn't use it for anything else. Sure you (possibly) send sms, e-mails, twitts, a postcard every three years and all sorts of shapes of text right?

I have been living the last three years 10.000 km away from home, and been using video GTalk, iChat and Skype once or twice every week. Being able to video chat has been invaluable for both work and family.

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RE[2]: Social issues
by Laurence on Mon 16th Aug 2010 10:28 in reply to "RE: Social issues"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

The fact that you wouln't use it for the casual phone call does not mean you wouldn't use it for anything else.


But the vast majority of phone calls are just casual calls (not to mention the fact that the sci-fi that inspired this topic only features this technology in a casual sense)

Plus lets not forget that (and generally speaking) the technology that has prevailed in the past has been technology that's enabled a lazier or more casual approach to an existing method (texting, tweeting, facebook, etc).

So sure, this technology may succeed under exception circumstances, but topic is about normal usage by people who live normal lives.

Edited 2010-08-16 10:33 UTC

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