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February 26, 2010

the future of games and reality and weirdness and points and things like that

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What does it make me think of?

Mitch Hedberg, for most of it.

But his most interesting points were early on. His comparison to swiss army knives was elegant and funny.

Posted by: K at February 26, 2010 10:18 PM

Oh god. That's scary, intriguing, awesome, and disgusting all in one...

Posted by: Ben Hughes at February 26, 2010 10:30 PM

I think this guy has seen too many Christopher Walken films and puts too much faith in Pavlovian theory.

Posted by: Jeff Werner at February 26, 2010 10:34 PM

Listening to this guy talk reminds me of Mitch Hedberg.

Posted by: Casey at February 26, 2010 10:36 PM

It makes me think that I'll be dead when the time of the better people comes. Even if I'm not.

It makes me think of that movie White Palace.

On my job I have to psychologically manipulate people. It's part of the training and best practices to use those things that work to get higher test scores. I dislike doing it. However, if game designers want to figure out what works and what might be the next unexpected, perhaps teaching for a year would offer some ideas. Certainly it would be a place to try things out.

Posted by: Boo at February 26, 2010 10:53 PM

He's makes a scary good point. I'm reminded of the episode of Futurama with the "Lightspeed Briefs" adds in Fry's dream, and how accurate that 'prediction' is going to be. The iPad bit was dead on accurate and he really finished the thought on why we all hated the iPad but really couldn't say why.

In the end, I'm also disgusted by how corporate the present is and the future will continue to become. All I can hope is that the FCC does some part in preventing it. Because the technologies are so subtle in their progression that the general population won't even know their free will is being drained away.

Posted by: Randy at February 26, 2010 11:20 PM

I'm going to buy a lead sensor resistant suit of armor as soon as I get up tomorrow.

Posted by: bg at February 26, 2010 11:22 PM

This future is entirely plausible and would not even be revolutionary. Many of these point-based systems already exist (weight watcher points on supermarket products, frequent flier points, cash back when you use your card, etc) and people don't question them. I'd say the future presented here is somewhere between the present and Wall-E's future...following the same trajectory.

Posted by: Bonita at February 26, 2010 11:40 PM

Goes well with a few talks from sci-fi writer Bruce Sterling. Spimes, for one.

Posted by: TieDyePie at February 26, 2010 11:58 PM

That guy was MEEEGA awkward. But, he made some excellent points. I'm not sure what it makes me think of, but I think it made me a little scared of the future...except the being-better-people part. That sounds good to me.

Posted by: Emma at February 27, 2010 12:20 AM

What does it make me think of? It makes me think of a book I read once called The Bar Code Tattoo, which freaked the hell out of me. A world full of games and points and sensors would make me ridiculously paranoid…

Posted by: kd at February 27, 2010 12:26 AM

I don't know, he's a lot more optimistic about the sensors than I am! I think it sounds like a horror movie!!

overall though, even if it's fun and inspires people to change their behavior for good, it's not sustainable economically or ecologically to have a world of disposable technology.

Posted by: Laura at February 27, 2010 1:39 AM

Makes me think of an f'd up reality where everyone is externally motivated (and therefore disconnected from their 'soul', essentially. Extra points for meditating, anyone?).
Sad thing is, the future he paints really doesn't seem all that extreme or unlikely. Whether it would end up benefiting peoples lives like he supposes.. I dunno. The way he described it - it was like those were the thoughts of somebody on their death bed.
I'm curious what other people think, though!

Posted by: Daniel Jackson at February 27, 2010 2:33 AM

This is what his predictions reminded me of:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-l52v2QdIo

I'm amused that he pivoted from the value of authenticity into this future where--despite our apparent thirst for "realness"--we have managed to become even less self-sufficient. The people in his future must be parented by point systems because they apparently cannot make independent assessments about anything; you know, like children. They don't actually SEE the value of exercise or dental maintenance, they just do these things in order to game some abstract system of rewards. One side of his mouth is trying to say that people will be coaxed into doing good things and being better people, while the other side is marveling at how many soft drinks in a row someone could be fooled into drinking.

Posted by: hzzn at February 27, 2010 2:34 AM

Excellent in parts. Psychology is under-rated.

That dude has some weird mannerisms though... I felt a bit nervous for him for some reason, - like he couldn't relax.

Posted by: James at February 27, 2010 5:38 AM

I recognise this guy from Randy Pausch's last lecture!

Posted by: Rory at February 27, 2010 6:38 AM

There was a particular point somewhere in that where the more he spoke the less convincing the story he was telling became. It was kind of a "Hey! let's take the latest microtrend and extrapolate it to total world dominance" story.

Than again I suppose capitalism itself is the original game for points and prizes, and we base our whole civilisation on that.

Posted by: Neil at February 27, 2010 7:33 AM

spanky with too much coffee? Its good he got the cowlick under control.

Posted by: Eric Siegel at February 27, 2010 8:58 AM

Big Brother is coming, and it's debatable whether or not you'd get any experience points for watching online porn, so they'd better let people opt out of that legacy for their grandkids to inherit...

Posted by: Lilana at February 27, 2010 11:04 AM

Look at all the comments criticizing this guy's presentation style. You try getting up in front of hundreds/thousands(?) of your peers and other mega-smart people and try to give a presentation half as good as this one. He was funny, concise, and thought provoking. I'd love to have him as a professor any day.

And it makes me think of how we all have some innate need to improve and are willing to take anything we can get to demonstrate this improvement in a concrete way.

Posted by: Buster at February 27, 2010 12:02 PM

First this speaker points out that no one saw Facebook and all of these other new software phenomenon coming, then he goes onto make predictions about the future? He can't have it both ways. The future by its very nature is unpredictable.

He also points out that technologies are divergent. Then he points out that I will get points for everything I do during the day. If technologies are so divergent, how are they all going to converge to become part of the point counting, game playing future he has described?

His arguments and propositions are full of holes and assumptions about human behavior. He sees the entire world through game designer's glasses.

Ask a craftsman who makes hand made objects and they will tell you that people are going to start rejecting all of these technological devices that leave people feeling empty, in favor of objects that they have a more personal connection with. They too tend to see their world through their own personal set of craft oriented glasses.

An interesting study of how people feel after they watch Tv or interact with technology can be found in the book "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. To cut to the chase, Watching TV and spending time on the computer do not make people feel happy, it leaves them feel more lonely and isolated.

Posted by: John at February 27, 2010 1:55 PM

1984. Sensors watching us, trying to persuade us to do certain things

Posted by: Cliff at February 27, 2010 2:57 PM

It actually reminded me of Daemon by Daniel Suarez a bit.

While his points are mostly valid, there's still counterarguments to them. Reward points systems have been around for ages and haven't gained the traction that he's envisioned. However, with the right design, as he proposes, I think we can get there. And I think it's a world I'd like to live in.

Posted by: Brad at February 27, 2010 4:24 PM

I can buy into the argument that a points system could make us conscious of our habits and want to better ourselves. Yet at the same time, I can't help but think that it'd be overkill. I know that whenever I discover a "hidden" game in my current life, I'm more apt to stop playing than change my behavior. I always feel as if I'm being tricked somehow; as if the choice is being made by some part of my brain that I don't trust as much.

There's another aspect where I think "who cares." I don't want to know how many total times I've brushed my teeth or how many steps I took today or the total time spent viewing ads. Did I brush my teeth? Yes. Do I have any cavities? No. Okay then, end of story. I wouldn't bring computer chips into the equation even if I could get a free $1 off coupon or something every month.

I think the main issue with a points game is that it's not entertaining. At all. Slapping points on any mundane activity doesn't make it a game.

Posted by: Goob at February 27, 2010 4:43 PM

When I was in my teens, I used to think that getting old meant having an aversion to rock music- and I thought, that will never happen to me. I'm already feeling old because I miss the authenticity stuff- like conversations without having somebody look away from me and text.

I think I'll go out and garden now.

Posted by: Russell Evans at February 27, 2010 4:43 PM

What's going to stop us from having a fully computerized society? Well, environmental limitations for one. Unless we step up our electronics recycling and/or figure out how to make screens and circuits and batteries out of silicon and salt, we'll run out of raw material real fast.

Posted by: mrib at February 27, 2010 5:46 PM

Good and Interesting presentation...The Theory of Anticipated Change.
Average consumers always want the newest and latest fad and are willing to pay for it just to be a part of it. That is the "I'm Cool Fad"
That's the way all products work. They are built to make you the consumer feel happy, warm and paint a fantasy picture that only costs $$$. Congrats you just bought that mental picture...just the same a crack head would to do.
Swiss army knife analogy...RIGHT ON! I don't need an app to tell me I'm actually holding a phone that makes calls!!!
Keep bringing on new ideas because the sheep will follow....

Posted by: Jerry at February 27, 2010 9:17 PM

I am amazed that in spite of a few thousand years of history records people are still able to coax themselves into the belief that by (insert any action) we can actually become better people.

Also, he forgot to mention other brilliant minds who will undoubtedly devise a way how to cheat the system, how to steal other people's Dr Pepper points, etc.

Posted by: Ysa at February 28, 2010 1:14 AM

Very interesting stuff.

Dovetails into some thinking I've been doing about outsourcing judgment, and how content many of us are to let someone else do our thinking for us, much of the time.

Posted by: Shelley at February 28, 2010 3:41 AM

loved the part about authenticity, so true. but i am really worried for the future this guy foresees, i can see that whole point system really coming to life but doesn't that go against what he said about technology diverging?

Posted by: Gavin at February 28, 2010 3:41 PM

If this reminded me of anything, it reminded me of 1984 crossed over with Brave New World -- where we're watched by Big Brother, but we actually like it and form our lives around it. Interesting, but I'm hoping it won't come. Poetry, independence, meaning will die with a points system... ("Your love is a thousand point bonus in my heart?" I don't think so.)

Posted by: Emma at February 28, 2010 4:46 PM

I find it weird that he ended with a kinda dystopic 1984 future, and then asked who would lead us there. How about who will try to stop it?

Posted by: Mike at February 28, 2010 6:38 PM

it makes me worried about how easily i could be manipulated.

it makes me wonder whether this man's description of a "computer game world" is the most reasonable solution to developing a virtual reality.

it makes me think about what people are really living for, the things they accomplish or the way they feel when they accomplish it.

its was entertaining though.

Posted by: minkr1 at February 28, 2010 6:41 PM

Personally this scares me. It reminds me too much of a novel by Charles Stross called "Glasshouse". The idea that all of our movements and actions are tracked and scored is scary in of itself, when bundled with a public achievement system though it truly frightening. What is to stop a system like to start giving neighbor hoods a condensed score based on the average score of everyone who lives there? Think what people would do to each other if they thought their neighbor's actions were negatively effecting their scores.

Posted by: blackbag at February 28, 2010 6:49 PM

Does anyone think that with the constant competition there, people who will either will try not to make any points or the most negative amount of points due to a lack self worth because of arbitrary system. So they see it fit to become the worst at something then start kicking babies or it just leaves them in such a depression they commit suicide, I mean it pretty has too for some.

Posted by: tmccar20 at February 28, 2010 11:54 PM

This makes me think of a Dutch guy in 1637 trying to explain what had happened over the previous 5 years, but both he and his audience lack the language to really talk about it.

"...whoah, trading your life savings for a tulip was CRAZY! and unexpected! those guys that made a lot of money must have really been onto something! it's almost like some kind of invisible hand is changing the price of these tulip bulbs, or something." [translated from dutch]

and it will probably turn out that these guys _were_ really on to something, but they didn't know it at the time and that wasn't the plan going in, but they discovered it because they were really lucky too.

I think he's really on to something. What he's on to is that he's discovered what we all want ... we just want something that we can pull out of our pockets that tells us that we're authentic and what we're experiencing is real, and everything is going to be ok. However, I think he's going to miss the point because he will be trying to come up with a way that I can put $20 into the pocket thing and have it tell me that I'm better than the person I'm thinking about.

Posted by: andy imboden at March 1, 2010 1:03 AM

O brave new world that has such people in it!

Posted by: joeyd at March 1, 2010 2:55 AM

He makes some interesting points re: how games motivate people. I can imagine that the XP system encourages students to jump through the hoops with more enthusiasm.

Making ordinary tasks into games increases our extrinsic motivation to do them - chasing an external reward. But is behaviour the ultimate goal?

I think much of our satisfaction arise when we're intrinsically motivated - where we're internally rewarded by the nature of the task itself. and I think a lot of maturity comes from turning extrinsic motivation into intrinsic motivation, where we go to school to learn, practice piano to become better, etc. and not for another hit of soma.

oh yeah, that's what it reminded me of. brave new world. the last bit.

Posted by: Linda at March 1, 2010 4:31 PM

It makes me think of this:

"We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission. When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will. We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us; so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul." (1984 . George Orwell)

Posted by: Lip at March 1, 2010 6:06 PM

1) Carrot sticking is the least efficient motivator for any game, albeit one of the most simple to implement and very easy to "patch" up to the next tier/carrot.

2) Point systems are arbitrary, can be corrupted, and most importantly, unsustainable on a meta-scale.

3) Divergence/convergence in technology is ambiguous in the short term and completely unpredictable in the long term.

4) Commercialism of my dreams? I hope guns are still around in the future so I can blow my brains out the moment Pepsi tries to control my subconscious.

5) Who is in charge of the points, who decides what tiers the points are rewarded for, and who gives points to the people giving points? Does Pepsi get BONUS POINTS for completely mindfudging the last free thinker? [Biggest bro watchin bigger bro watchin big bro watch you? Just wait til Dad gets home!]

Totally insane, but also thought provoking. Disturbing to the core. Eye-opening, but just in a context that makes me realize I am not an average gamer nor a casual gamer by industry standards.

Posted by: Diz at March 1, 2010 11:55 PM

Is This Mitch Hedberg? Maybe his cousin or something...

Posted by: Coreo at March 3, 2010 12:40 AM

Its fine until the end, and then he sounds entirely paranoid schizophrenic. If we ever live to see cameras in coke cans, i will be astounded. He says nothing that any dystopian writer hasn't already predicted 1000 times over. See the 1984 quote.

Posted by: Anon at March 3, 2010 8:35 AM

well, he makes a good point. however. i must say, the advertisements are what will consistently slow down the progression of technology. look at some examples he failed to mention, in terms of convergence:

1. open source- this useful agreement allows integration with a lot of devices, including routers, websites, operating systems, desktop graphics effects, etc.. the next obvious step for open source is making compatible hardware across the board.

2. the computer- in this video, he made an example of a swiss army kitchen tool, with a spatula, etc., and portrayed it as a BAD idea. this is wrong, for one, i'm sure for certain duties a kitchen tool like that would be useful, especially say, if the different utensils were, perhaps, detachable? this is like a computer. if you have a home network, you would know that now, you can hook up you tv, other, computers, gaming consoles, heck, mixed with open source you can put any electronic device on your network. there's a man who registered his dryer on twitter, and when its done the cycle it posts an update. anyway, the computer is a perfect example of what he is looking for in the future, and he turned himself around trying to prove against that.

3. the divergence itself as a possibility for smooth convergence- think about it. i'm hoing to list a pile of file formats: mpg, mp3, mp1, mp2, mp4, avi, mov, flv, amv, jpg, gif, aac, zip, iso, xml, html, etc.. these are all specific formats for specific hardware, because eacch one has different parameters, but, imagine if they put all those formats together, each according to their purpose, to have one format, that could store, data, music, photos, etc, and open it all from within the same software. say for example, what if you could open any file on your computer using just windows media player? that would provide compatibility. divergence will cause compatibility errors.

also, i think the pointing system is a bit much. it would be nice, and useful, but, in moderation, and, towards a productive purpose.

thank you for reading my take on this.

Posted by: Al at March 3, 2010 8:39 AM

I don't have half an hour right now to watch, and I look forward to giving this proper attention later, but I have to weigh in already: I agree with the Mitch Hedberg comments; I get the same sense that Lip expresses (Orwell quote above); and he needed to iron his shirt before going on stage.

Posted by: jeano at March 3, 2010 8:09 PM

Hes like a very techie version of Demetri Martin

Posted by: mike at March 3, 2010 9:33 PM

That left me speechless.... Wow...

Posted by: Ryan at March 4, 2010 2:21 AM

Botting will take on a whole new meaning as we employ actual robots to earn our points for us.

Posted by: J Sarge at March 4, 2010 8:55 AM

Good news for cloning too...

Posted by: J Sarge at March 4, 2010 8:57 AM

I dont want to get there. Games are fun, but life shouldnt be controlled by corporations who reinforce our activities with intangible rewards. Enjoy whats real, and be aware of whats not

Posted by: wiley at March 4, 2010 12:14 PM

BIG BROTHER!!!!!

Posted by: Colleen at March 4, 2010 3:07 PM

1984 is coming to a life in you. I am moving to a cave in Montana with electromagnetic shielding so the corporations cannot find me.

There is a counter trend going on. there.com just closed. Second Life use is down it would seem. Virtual economies may well go "poof" and disappear.

Bottom line, I am a post point human.

Posted by: Chance at March 4, 2010 4:36 PM

We cannot live like we have Virtual Reality goggles all the time...
I Believe that we are going to long for what is True to Our Kind and we are going to reconnect with our Roots.

Posted by: aleelizondo at March 5, 2010 2:14 AM

We cannot live like we have Virtual Reality goggles all the time...
I Believe that we are going to long for what is True to Our Kind and we are going to reconnect with our Roots.

Posted by: aleelizondo at March 5, 2010 2:22 AM

I can't see the video in Firefox or IE. Help?

Posted by: Hatred at March 5, 2010 7:37 AM

This is terrifying.

Posted by: Brittany at March 5, 2010 12:20 PM

What does this remind me of? Shadowrun.

Posted by: Marla at March 5, 2010 4:48 PM

Wonderful so in the future everyone will become a complete tool for Dr. Pepper, Facebook, and the government.

Posted by: Smooth Criminal at March 5, 2010 5:49 PM

Good god, this is rather eye opening. Makes me really rethink my use of corporate products and all that jazz.

Posted by: DP at March 6, 2010 12:10 AM

F*ck this!

If this is what the world becomes i don't want to live here. It sounds brutal but its true, ones life should be measured only by ones ones self by only one parameter, happiness. The meaning of life is to be happy, what else matters, obviously you must acquire your happiness by living within laws and regulations because we share this planet and everyone deserves the same right to be happy. Who's to tell me that im successful by how many points i have, who's to say what points are worth and who's to say how i must acquire these points. If I'm not happy by the way im getting points then why am i getting them. It all leads back to money cant buy you happiness, and neither can points, these points will be another form of currency that will further disillusion us and destroy our lives.

Posted by: chris at March 6, 2010 3:16 AM

Mind over matter... think!! is that all he is asking you to do?? We will spend more money on an animated game compared to what will be spent on a possible public heath care option. Why? To me all he is asking is what are your priorities? Get off your ass and go outside and walk the dog and for cat lovers, maybe drag your cat. Stop cutting yourself off from reality and make the interaction with other humans. Go out and be social......

People thieve more in a social society,example, either to make an example or to be an example. My mother use to say "you have a choice in life, either be in the crowd or get in front and lead the crowd?"

We all have a choice and realize!

Posted by: Kimberly at March 6, 2010 3:18 AM

Mind over matter... think!! is that all he is asking you to do?? We will spend more money on an animated game compared to what will be spent on a possible public heath care option. Why? To me all he is asking is what are your priorities? Get off your ass and go outside and walk the dog and for cat lovers, maybe drag your cat. Stop cutting yourself off from reality and make the interaction with other humans. Go out and be social......

People thieve more in a social society,example, either to make an example or to be an example. My mother use to say "you have a choice in life, either be in the crowd or get in front and lead the crowd?"

We all have a choice and realize!

Posted by: Kimberly at March 6, 2010 3:21 AM

I would do so much better in school if my teacher gave out experience points. I'm more interested in leveling up than doing homework most days.

Posted by: Jesse at March 6, 2010 5:03 AM

FourSquare already has me trained. Points for checking in. Bonus points for adding a new venue (i.e. populating their system with content) etc. "Compete" against your real and fake friends for points and to be mayor of a location.

All fears of Terry Gilliam's Brazil and Big Brother aside, I do love the idea of the hybrid car systems - a little pleasant reminder that rewards you for correcting your behaviour. Is that helpful, or creepy.

Posted by: janz at March 6, 2010 1:14 PM

It is quite similar to the idea of a "Brave New World", where people are bombarded by a multitude of distractions and essentially dissuaded from thinking of the events around them and loss of personal identity. We are being enslaved by our own vices and manipulated by corporations...and people are all to readily accepting of this.

Posted by: Bernard Marx at March 6, 2010 2:28 PM

he says "and no one saw it coming" so many times
but no one never saw it coming

Posted by: bxg at March 6, 2010 6:01 PM

his description of the future, feels like a description of the present to me.

Posted by: bxg at March 6, 2010 6:14 PM

I'll lead us

Posted by: Billy at March 7, 2010 10:33 PM

sometimes when I'm on facebook, i choose to appear offline and don't post threads, because i don't want others (like this one girls) to know that I'm home or have nothing better to do.
imagine if in 20 years time you can't go anywhere without it being registered on some database for everyone to see...

Posted by: daniel at March 8, 2010 8:12 AM

Incredible. I believe Jesse's view is spot on when it comes to analyzing the how and why of the current successfully 'games'. I've been fascinated by some of these games' success and wondering "HOW!?" myself. Very well articulated Jesse, excellent presentation.

Posted by: Mike at March 8, 2010 10:51 AM

I find it wholly interesting, but completely terrifing. I think there should be games in somethings, but not in everything. Also I don't think every business out there or people in business specifically think games are a part of everyday life. I know some people who despise them. I also think when I go for a cycle or walk in the park I don't need a game with me, because it is natural. It also felt like he was talking to more of an american audience, whereas people in UK use technology but aren't bound to as other people in other countries are!

Posted by: sam stephenson at March 9, 2010 4:21 PM

His key fallacy was the mixing up of authenticity with realism. It explains the problems with alot of what he said. It's not about a desire to return to nature or self-sufficiency or anything. The 80s and probably even more-so the 90s, were a really easy time for coming up with sucessful marketting schemes, because the tricks of marketting were all new and people were naive. Nowadays they teach you as early as in elementary school how to watch out for misdirection in advertising, to think critically and not be fooled too easily by a simple play on words etc. People today are so tired of being constantly mind-fucked by thoughtless corporatism that they actually value products based on their honesty and integrity. That's our interest in authenticity.

Posted by: Greg at March 9, 2010 6:04 PM

His words and ideas about reality and what people crave in our society seemed to ring quite true. I also agree with some people that he also started to sound a bit paranoid toward the end. But something we have to take into account is that only in the last 10 or so years has anything he's talked about become remotely plausible. I also think that a safe assumption for the future is something in between what we have now and what he predicts (obviously, I guess).

Also, as a teacher, I may implement a version of the exp points system in the classroom. Not so directly as "experience points," but not the point system in place today.

Posted by: Michael at March 9, 2010 11:31 PM

"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design."

Posted by: ramsey at March 10, 2010 12:58 PM

If the world comes to this I will definitely move to a cabin in the mountains away from everything (of course I'll have to buy my groceries online...)

Posted by: Sue at March 13, 2010 10:11 AM

why not sex points ?? so let say:

1) each position get you 50 points
2) duration get you more points
3) do it 3 times a day (hatrick) and ull get 500 points
4) do forbidden things loss you points
5) do it everyday for week get 1000 points
6) nail three girls you get 5000 points
7) you and your wife score is listed in leaderboard and you can see how you rank over your state or country!!
8) you simply insert your new girl serial number and you can see her score and history !!!!

You can be creative and add more options for the sex point system ;)


Posted by: Ban duerl at March 17, 2010 8:02 AM

mitch hedberg + demitri martin

Posted by: jj at March 21, 2010 2:47 AM

I do think he made a good point about the experience points for the school. That'd be totally awesome. :O

"I'm a level 55 physics student. >:D"
"Oh yea, I'm level 78 geography!"

That'd really work.

Posted by: Grady at March 30, 2010 12:33 PM

I somehow highly doubt that any significant number of people would voluntarily allow their privacy to be invaded to such a degree - absolutely ridiculous , I don't see the progression there. Playing digital games and allowing the state to record your every move are hardly the same thing. if Orwell's visions come to any absolute fruition there will have to be a violent revolution first, the people are not as ignorant and weak as the almighty man likes to think.

Posted by: jokerswild at April 7, 2010 6:33 PM

Wow, this guy really knows how to get people to think.
If you read some of the comments, you'll see he made quite a big impression on the majority.
btw. I loved the iPad comparison! (+1000pts for making jokes about Apple)

Posted by: Marie at April 12, 2010 10:18 AM

I really hope it's gradual and as "good" as he hopes or else i'd go bananas within 5 minutes of it all...
What will it be of people who like and or prefer coincidences?

Posted by: Julián at April 14, 2010 2:06 PM

Oh my goodness... he does remind me of mitch hedburg :] how funny...

Posted by: Ashley at April 16, 2010 6:20 PM

This sounds a lot like A Scanner Darkly once Bob Arctor has to start surveying himself.

Posted by: Noah at April 30, 2010 1:31 AM

What a bleak view of the future. :(

Posted by: FANTiM at June 11, 2010 5:12 PM

I would kill myself if I lived in a world like that. They will not inspire us to be better people, but make us fear to be ourselves.You will not be one with the Earth, your life will mean nothing, there is no privacy, and...

YOU CAN'T SMOKE WEED!

Posted by: Alantae at August 22, 2010 7:34 PM

It makes me think of the humans on the movie "Up"

Posted by: Christina at August 28, 2010 11:13 PM

Ooops! I meant to say it reminds me of the humans on the Pixar movie "Wall-E"

Posted by: Christina at August 29, 2010 11:47 AM

Just one question: Is this the kind of life you'd want to live, controlled by mass media, as we basically lose control of who we are, our uniqueness and individuality? As we sink deeper and deeper into this censored "reality," the machines even think for you. So to combat the speaker's last question, who among you will keep us safe from this point-system future?

Posted by: Carlos Girod at September 8, 2010 8:19 PM

Great... Instead of using games for educational, euphoric, etc. purposes, we're now using them to penetrate people's private lives and turn them into complete fucking garbage.

Has anybody here seen "The Matrix"? Let's all strive for a similar future, yay!!! Let's all work hard so that the rich shits can continue to run the world for themselves!!!

Posted by: YourMomma at October 6, 2010 1:01 PM

boooooooooooooooooring

Posted by: Eetwo at October 19, 2010 4:06 PM

i kinda got a chubby.... my xbox achivments are going to be crazy!!!!

Posted by: dan ackerley at October 22, 2010 4:11 PM

this guy is an awesome public speaker. loved the whole message and presentation

Posted by: Aaron at February 14, 2011 7:18 PM

The evolution of technology is the evolution of humankind.

Posted by: evan at April 30, 2011 5:00 PM

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