Re: Holograms -vs- Augmented Reality

Anders Sandberg (
Sat, 16 Nov 1996 23:33:14 +0100 (MET)

On Fri, 15 Nov 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> I've been considering this thought, if augmented reality (superimposing
> digital images over the real world by using a transparent headmounted
> display) is right around the corner, <bold>why</bold> are we still
> working on developing true color holography for public displays and
> television?

Why are people working on electric cars when autogyros or telepresence
might be better? (I'm not arguing this, it is just an example)

* Researchers research their area, and will not abandon it just because
some other area is making progress.

* They do not know about the competition.

* There is no competition really, they solve different problems.

* Not everyone will tune in to your AR advertisements, but everyone will
see your huge hologram.

> Also I'd like to know your opinions as to which is better
> because AR is a step towards uploading where holograms are a step away.

This doesn't matter to the researchers, and seriously I don't think it is
possible to say holograms are a step away from uploading. In fact,
holografic scans of the brain *might* be one possible solution.

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