IBMC #07 The News and Paper Challenge
Article from CNN Tech November 13, 2017 : The future of getting dressed: AI, VR and smart fabrics
This article really has me thinking. I know these featured tech innovations will all be fully implemented one day, and not too far in the future.
The article discusses how artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and smart fabrics are being used in various ways to aid consumers in either selecting an outfit, or shopping without going to a store, or perhaps sharing songs or game stats via fabric. Such futuristic ideas, mind-boggling at the least.
Personally, I love the idea of A.I. being able to help me decide which outfit to wear when deciding between two outfits. Granted, the technology isn’t quite at the human level yet in knowing about the dress code of where I am headed, but as far as what matches or looks good together, I can always use help. How often have you wanted an opinion on what to wear, but no one was around? What a great use of technology this would be, especially for those of us like me who are fashion challenged.
As far as VR allowing us to shop without going to a store, well that may be convenient but that scares the heck out of me. How lazy are we going to get? That is just another step toward us never ever having to leave our house. Scary, right? Yes. I do think it would be helpful to have the ability to picture the furniture in your house, colors and fit etc. But as far as really seeing the furniture and touching it and buying it, we still have to GO go the store. We can’t be THAT lazy and tech dependent. I have this great fear we will end up like that movie Wally where at the end all the people float around on these moving hover crafts and never ever have to get up. In fact they lose the ability to even walk. Ok, that is a tad drastic yes, but is that where we are heading with all this technology? Technology is wonderful in so many ways, but at the same time, we can go a bit too far with it. Just because we have the ability to come up with new technology doesn’t mean we should use it to replace all of our functions.
There, that is my soap box for the day! I do recommend you read the article however!
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