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100: Interfacing with the Panopticon


In this 100th episode of the C-Realm Podcast, KMO welcomes SF author Charles Stross (AKA autopope) to the program to discuss the convergence of massively multi-player online games, live action role-playing games, and the emerging infrastructure of the surveillance society. After that he considers listener feedback on the topic of whether human intelligence is somehow privileged or more important than that of other forms of life.

Charles Stross is the author of many books including Accelerondo, The Jennifer Morgue, and Halting State. He has also written an essay entitled The Panopticon Singularity which provides much fuel for thought for anyone concerned with the future of civil liberties and privacy.

4 comments to 100: Interfacing with the Panopticon

  • KMO

    Re: We tried! Really, we tried!

    I didn’t even know that WoW even had a designated role-playing server, so perhaps things are not as munchkin as they seem.

    I have no close adult friends in my RL life. That’s mainly because my roll as parent and podcaster leaves me with zero “free” time, even though some observers conclude that my life is 100% pure slack. Still, I have this fantasy of one day being in a situation in which I can do some seriously fun, RP-oriented gaming.

    Life is long and the future rich with possibilities, so for now I bide my time. And I podcast.

  • Regarding the discussion of augmented reality hardware, it’s much more likely that we’ll see something like AR on cell phones first: some way of finding where you are (GPS or wireless signal triangulation) + real-time camera + some way of finding where you’re facing (digital compass and tilt sensor or image matching and tracking against a panoramic image database) + geotagged info database + screen = stuff like this. Existing technology, the sort of hardware quite a few people are already buying and carrying around. I’m a bit of a cell-phone luddite (don’t want to spend much money on service, so no smart-phone for me yet), but that sort of thing excites me. I wish I could point my phone at the bus stop and see when the next bus arrives, or point it at the streetscape and see all the relevant restaurant reviews on Yelp. If AR takes off, I’d expect some of the weirder hybrid-reality stuff to build on the existing userbase for those sorts of “more practical” AR applications.

    • KMO

      Thank you

      Hey There,

      You are doing something I’ve never done, namely listening to a bunch of episodes of the C-Realm Podcast in a compressed period of time. I’d very much like to get something from you summarizing your impressions of the general progression of the program. You could write it up and I could read it on the year-in-review episode, or you could record something and send it to me, or we could connect via Skype and you could relate it conversationally. Whatever is most comfortable.

      Let me know if you’re interested.

      Thank you for all of the feedback.

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