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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RE: Social issues
by elmimmo on Mon 16th Aug 2010 09:44 UTC in reply to "Social issues"
elmimmo
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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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RE[3]: Social issues
by elmimmo on Mon 16th Aug 2010 10:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Social issues"
elmimmo Member since:
2005-09-17

What I mean is that one is not a substitute for another. The fact that just 1 in every 1000 calls I do are without video, does not mean I do not find video handy when I need it, and I do need it in that 1 out of 1000. The same way that you sms somethings, and instead send e-mails for others.

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