This was inspired by a conversation I had with the brilliant CBC journalist and tech visionary Nora Young last June. We each spoke at the Fireworks Factory conference on Galiano Island (we’ve been on the same agenda once before, and I took maximum rhetorical advantage of it).
Afterward, I happened to notice a bracelet she was wearing. Naturally, as a Spark listener, I asked her what it did beyond, you know, braceletting. She maintained its mandate was limited to looking lovely (achievement unlocked!) and I took her at her word.
Part of me still suspects that while she was saying that, telemetry from the bracelet was being relayed to a HUD projected on the inside of her cornea, giving her a readout of my pulse, respiration and radio listening habits.
(By the way, the character in the cartoon was originally based loosely on Nora, but early on my portraiture skills took a stroll somewhere. Do not attempt to pick her out of a crowd based on this cartoon. You will fail.)
One more thing: Nora Young’s book The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering the World Around Us is terrific. Do check it out. And tune in to Spark!