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  • Erik-Silver Toomere 11:51 on December 8, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: awesome, , futurevision, internet, internetmachtfrei, swiss   

    Please discuss the reasons and possible outcomes of the Swiss decision 

    I believe their decision is a very brilliant one. Piracy is not a game-killer, it is a game-changer. Piracy has become a way to evaluate products before a decision is made whether the product is even worth the money. For example, with video games if a person downloads a game they only have access to single player. If they begin liking the game they have the option to purchase it for keeps. However if the game is shit, they can uninstall it and forget about it. Same applies for movies. If a person likes the movie, they will either go to the cinema to watch it or buy the DVD or both! No money lost, more gained.

    The only reason why The Man tries to turn piracy illegal is fear of losing money when they make a shitty fifth sequel to a shitty movie that failed to bring in money anyway. Like the article says: adapt or die. And it’s time to die. All the actions that we have witnessed take place are the last breaths of a dying monster that tries to lash out before going down forever never to rise again. Good riddance.

    Another positive side, like the article mentioned, is that start-ups and indie products get more coverage. A very fine example is Minecraft, the creator of Minecraft, Markus Persson (Notch) who said that he does not care when his game is downloaded since there is no way to stop it, he is just glad that people care enough to download it, sure as an indie game it would be nice to get money for it – oh wait, he totally does.

    A possible outcome? To put it short: the future. What I mean is a completely open society, a kind that Zeitgeist predicts. A sort of mix between Communism and Nationalsocialism leaving out the evil factor: money. This also means that software and hardware wise all the sharing is made free at speeds that come close to that of South-Korean Starcraft tournament.

    Of course the main evil here that can mess things up is the glorious country of United States. Not only have they legalised different policies that seem very that of Nazi Germany-esque. It seems like the greatest enemy in the US are the citizens. And now they are in a sense blocking off Internet-access. Very North Korea of you, you big bully. Again, like the article mentioned, UN says the Internet is a human right, probably there is an asterisk somewhere that says, in font 1, “excluding United States”, that is how it seems like now.

    Anyway in conclusion, my hopes are that all the countries will soon experience the freedom that can now be found in Switzerland. Then we are one step closer to world peace. Seriously.

    • Paavo Viilup 12:23 on December 8, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Write a proper introductory sentence/paragraph, at the moment you start from the middle.

      • Erik-Silver Toomere 12:19 on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sorry, escaped from loud music, did not check blog

    • Joel L 13:00 on December 13, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “If a person likes the movie, they will either go to the cinema to watch it or buy the DVD or both!”

      Do that often?

      The first half is somewhat reasonable, and then you flip and start on a MONEY IS EVIL rant. You might not like US policies, but how is this related to anything?

      You state that if “software and hardware wise all the sharing is made free”, a glorious future will follow. How? How will things be made without money?

      • Erik-Silver Toomere 12:22 on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Cinema: yes, DVD: once or twice in a decade;
        Money is evil, US policies have a diabolic way of spreading into other countries;
        Simple answer: machines, hook everything up to machines are work becomes a hobby;

    • Paavo Viilup 08:56 on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How is the idea of utopia of any help when it comes to currently relevant issues. “I read a book about a wonderful new world” is not the same as “this is what should be done right now”.

      • Erik-Silver Toomere 12:24 on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Because right now, or rather a year ago, to quote THE Anonymous: “People are afraid of their government, governments should be afraid of their people” and thankfully this is happening right now. A great change is coming and you better believe it.

        • Joel L 09:48 on December 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Your task was to write about legalizing piracy, and you creep into a rant about money being evil.

          If you think the US is so corruptive, don’t just whine about it, but stop using Facebook, Twitter and other US-made services.

          You watch hollywood-made movies, and then flame about them being evil.

          You seem to to be very passionate about your ideas, but are in reality too lazy and comfortable to actually change even your own lifestyle. Rather hypocritical.

  • Erik-Silver Toomere 02:42 on November 4, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: futurevision   

    Why make future vision videos? 

    The point of making future vision videos: is there a point?

    I can not decide if there is a point or not. On the one hand it is quite entertaining to watch them because, let’s be honest, they are well made.
    Some of the future vision videos that I can name off the top of my head are Microsoft Kinect’s, Microsoft Surface’s, Microsoft’s general future vision, Blackberry’s future vision, Touchscreens of the future, 1987 Apple Future Navigator and the list goes on.
    It’s like the Minority Report world: all crime is removed with the help of precrime department and everybody gets 20 minutes of peace and quiet during the technology-blaring day. Every surface is a touchscreen, or a motion-controlled device (like Kinect) and connects to your personal devices displaying your information for everybody to see – hey, no crime!
    What is noteworthy in the case of Apple is that their vision came true, about 20 years later but it is still a piece of technology that we can go and buy right now.

    On the other hand, they are very rather silly. Bad-silly.
    I mean seriously, how possible is the removal of crime and vandalism? I’m sure a lot of you have seen Demolition Man, another fine example of the white, Apple-esque future where the police is only a traditional thing of the past.
    Also, concerning Microsoft Surface future vision: the technology is released, how come we don’t have MS Surfaces everywhere like promised?
    And for the other future visions, even when following Moore’s law, it’s still going to take 20-something years to achieve these dreams. Pipe dreams even.

    In conclusion, sure, it’s nice to have these future vision videos but as long as the companies producing them don’t move from the ‘What if?’ genre to the ‘In 20 years, this is what you ARE going to get!’ genre, we will never see this technology.

  • Brent 20:20 on November 3, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: futurevision   


    Pondering and mindlessly going about in the vast open fields of the internet, one cannot disregard the fact, that there are a lot of videos out there, which convey some form of future vision, thought up probably by the creativity and pass-time section(located near the vending machine) of major companies. They generally tend to look the same featuring white sleek metallic buildings, happy people who use their devices frustratingly slow, some piano and bass music for the background with the occasional guitar and of course holograms Everywhere. Because I had no better gameplan, I decided to go Cracked on this and make a list of the reasons, why companies invest in such a thing.

    #1 Look like a company which looks forward

    The main idea of these videos is to ponder about the future and the technology that will be available there. This is actually quite good that it shows, what are the future plans and visions in which the company is moving or is hoping to move. Thinking about new gadgets that are currently impossible to do, may also show, that the company has a group of pretty talented minds(those guys standing in line for the vending machine).
    By being a company which looks forward also shows the confidence of the company and people leading it, that they will be going nowhere anytime soon. This brings reassurance trust to the investors and clients about the company and its management. So these videos can be actually considered as a PR trick, when you consider the corporate involvement in these videos.

    #2 Placing objectives or goals

    Though companies probably use the videos for PR, they still serve as and somewhat indication on the companies’ goals for the future products or outlooks. Though most of the videos show the same devices, kind of, like holograms and supers sleek and smart smarterthenyoursmart phones, they may just be considered as the goals for companies which have development teams which lack the ingenuity of developing and envisioning new more unique devices.

    #3 Escape from the today’s world

    Let’s face it, the everyday life is just too dull and mundane so why not just escape into the future, where the possibilities are endless. Holographic phones, self driving cars, a house equipped with Siri, the reasons for escape just keep on coming. Have you ever seen any future vision video, that showed that people are depressed and don’t appreciate the devices they have? For the sake of this argument, you have most probably not. This shows, that people who have envisioned these videos have put in their hopes and expectations. They have sort of escaped from the day to day world into something that is bright, clean, nice and worth of dreaming, something that most people probably enjoy to do, when they get the chance.

  • Silver 12:48 on November 3, 2011 Permalink |
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    The man is responsible for his future. 

    The process of visioning the future has proven to be very beneficial in the past. Let’s take Steve Jobs for example. In the mid 80’s, when computers ran slow due to the lack of hardware, he visioned having all of his files up in the (what he called) “The Cloud”. He proved the usefulness of the system by presenting his personal statistics on backups he has had to make since he started using the “Cloud”, which surprisingly enough was 0. At the time, crashes and malfunctions were so frequent that one had to back up their system every month to stay on track. This made the idea of a cloud based data storage and transfer very appealing.

    In the mid 50’s we thought that by the new millennium, we would all fly on hovercraft, but by now we would have already noticed that it has not come to a reality. This makes one wonder how and what can be considered to be a plausible vision for the future.

    Nowadays, when we have come accustomed to touch screens and voice activated applications, we vision the future in another perspective. We think of smart surfaces that would interact with us and of ultra-light phones that could provide the answer to all the questions. But to what extent can we assume, according to our previous experience, that our visions will ever come true? Either the future will ever be here or not, the only thing that we can do is to keep on visioning.

  • Sander 12:38 on November 3, 2011 Permalink |
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    Why make future vision videos 

    No doubt, many of us have seen the very futuristic videos from various technology manufacturers, like Microsoft, android, Nokia, HTC, and even Firefox. These videos can be of various different technologies. As the name “future vision” may suggest, the videos are usually of a vision of the future, but they might be of a certain product as well. All of these portray, to some extent, various technology which is not yet available, or even possible. Yet the question stands. Why are these videos made if the products portrayed in them are far from ever being released?
    The answer is simple. To dream. The future vision videos are somewhat like a statement of intent given to fans and brand loyalists. So, if the products advertised aren’t actually coming out for a veeeery long while, people can still get a good idea about where the company is headed and where its goals lie. For example, the future vision video made by Microsoft introduces their dream of integrating touch sensitive surfaces and 3d imaging\hologram to almost all facets of life, thus making technology more integrated with everyday activities like planning meetings, doing office work, or even cooking. Most times, these videos try and demonstrate how  tech can be integrated with daily activities and normal work process. This is perhaps an explanation to why these videos are published so freely. There are no new patentable tech ideas which could be compromised by publishing the video. And if there are any, they are probably already patented.
    This way, manufacturers can just make videos of their ideas and goals concerning the technology they want to make. This really has no negative impact, if it lets the design team keep working and the fans keep ogling and cool looking new tech.

  • alex 12:33 on November 3, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: futurevision   

    Why make future vision videos? 

    I believe that there is no point in making future vision videos that are too far in the future. Some of these videos are just so farfetched and look like something out of a science fiction movie. In these examples it was seen especially well.

    The most realistic future vision video was with Kinect because this is actually doable. If you show a video of holograms all over the world and rooms then that does not look very realistic at least not in the near future. I mean it would be great if everything had holograms and were so east to control but technology does not advance so fast. Our technology is developing at great speed but not that great.

    I think that these videos are made to show people that we are on our way into some hardcore technology in the future. It’s basically just to keep the peoples hopes up I guess and maybe make some of the really talented people try even harder to reach that future. It sort of emphasizes the fact that anything is possible if we just try. Past experiences also demonstrate that mobile phones were a exceedingly distant future but here we are with our iPhones and other touch screen devices.

    Another reason why to make such videos is that the companies really do have certain goals that they want to reach and achieve. I mean what company does not want to be the first one to achieve hologram mobiles and other devices. So it can be concluded that this could be pure commercialism and consumerism. The companies really do not care about what happens in the future, they just want to get ahead of everyone else. If one company releases a video of the future then obviously other companies will not just stand by and watch it happen. They also need to upload a video of their future otherwise the other company seems to appealing to the consumer and then clients will be lost to the one who makes bigger promises.

    All in all I think that there are a lot of reasons on why to make these future vision videos but I think that it is useless. If the technology really has advanced that far and the companies are actually ready to unveil such devices then videos of those devices will be made anyways. These videos will also have an actual effect on people because then they know that this will really happen and they have something to look forward to you. If you want to see some distant future science fiction just go and rent a movie or something.

  • Taavi 12:30 on November 3, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , , futurevision, megusta   

    Why make future vision videos? 

    Almost every tech company out there decides to publish future vision videos. It seems like a waste of time to spend time on making videos of ideas rather than trying to enliven them. So why do they still waste endless amounts of time on making the visual representations?

    How do you explain an idea totally to other individuals? The easiest answer would most probably be by giving a visual image. It is usually done by describing the idea which would create an image in the target’s head. It is a great way to explain an idea to a handful of people but moving from a small group to a larger one would cause issues. One of them would be that all individuals are different and understand the idea differently. Thus to give a single representation which cannot be interpreted differently a video is made. Video gives a lot of flexibility but is still almost identically interpreted.

    A real life example could also be brought out by showing a video. People usually do not get the idea of a real life example without seeing it in live action. Saying that the new iPhone 4S can be told assignments like “What is the nearest Asian restaurant?” does not really create this “wow” moment. However seeing the Siri promotional video where a man is driving a car and tells the phone to remind him to call his wife when he gets home, and the phone actually completes the task is really surprising and makes the audience believe in the idea. This is known as “seeing is believing”. The same is true for the future visions as after seeing the future vision videos people can see that the idea is useful and can actually be made possible. Therefore future vision videos are made to turn people into believers.

    Visionaries often do not gather too many people around themselves. However showing visionary videos to large audiences makes it possible to find workforce. Usually future vision videos are made to show ideas that cannot be completed with the technology present. Therefore the visionaries need people with skill set and equipment who can turn the idea into reality. The easiest way as seen from the last paragraph is to make a video. This would make competitors start working on similar ideas and keep them occupied, bring new workers to the company and win support by the buyers. Also these videos will inspire the scholars to start working towards a better future.

    Precious time is spent on videos in order to share ideas, make them believable and find people to work on it. So future vision videos provide everything that is required to start from an idea and end up in reality.

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