Cisco’s Hologram

by Mark T. Mitchell on February 21, 2011 · 3 comments <span>Print this article</span> Print this article

in Short

Cisco is boasting that its new communications technology will change the way we engage others. Indeed, when a hologram of a man in California appears before an audience in India and has a conversation with a “real” person, things feel a bit odd. Is this a mere gimmick that will confine itself to business meetings of tech companies or will this soon be part of our everyday experience?  What is gained when a holographic figure replaces an image on a screen or a voice on the phone? I have to admit the technology is amazing, but is it significant? With this I could live in a cabin in Montana and teach classes in Virginia and hold regular office hours as well. Would the students find this satisfying? Would I? Could this technology affect the way we think about bodily existence?

Could this technology change the way we think about space and time? Will we think of geography differently when it can be so easily traversed (or sort of traversed)? These questions are especially interesting when we consider children today who will grow up in a world where space and time has been changed by these kinds of technologies. Will the children of this new world think and act differently from us? Will they have different expectations? Will their lives be richer or more ephemeral? Or both?

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avatar D.W. Sabin February 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Office meetings are not bad enough that we might enable multiple and simultaneous ones around the globe?

Personally, I can’t wait till our national quiephobia is abetted by a crowd of holographic images jockeying about us for our attentions during every waking minute. Sleep will never be such a relief as then.

Amazing technological accomplishment to be sure. Perhaps at some point we’ll come to know how to professionally deal with our technological ability.

avatar Thomas G. February 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Help us Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope.

avatar Mark Haag February 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

“With this I could live in a cabin in Montana and teach classes in Virginia and hold regular office hours as well.”

No, with this a teacher could live in Mumbai and teach your classes in Virginia and hold regular office hours as well.

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