Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Metadata Everywhere

At the last TED conference, Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry from MIT Media Labs demonstrated a prototype for a wearable device that makes metadata available almost anywhere. Maes presents this device as a "sixth sense", a way of sensing more about objects around you than your five senses allow.

For me, this "sixth sense" device has more utility when it filters for my view of the world. For instance, in the demonstration, Maes shows how the device can provide you with information about a food product as you peruse the shelves of your local grocery store. I want something simpler, like a green light for products that fit my diet and a red light for products that don't.

I wonder how this will interact with our pheromones. Will it make us smarter about mating?

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