When Fact and Fiction Equal

The alternative facts do not diminish as a result of digitization. Avatar: Gerd Altmann on Pixabay (Public Domain)

Far Eastern cultures often do not distinguish between reality and vision. Is this way of thinking now coming to the West via digital means?

The different perception of the world becomes quite evident when it comes to the function of numbers and statistics. Numbers in China-dominated countries often have a very different function than what Western mathematicians or observers know. The published population figures for Chinese cities say less about the number of people who live there than about the importance of the city compared to other cities.

The fact that the Maglev in Shanghai reaches a top speed of 431 km / h with each flight is a sign of prosperity and prosperity, because the eight checksums sound very similar in the local language. In the Far East, this information can be manipulated and know how to evaluate it, just like the exaggerated exaggeration of the Arabic-speaking world, which serves only to emphasize the opinion being represented.

In Western industrialized countries, it is obvious that it is very difficult to deal with foreign cultures and their communicative tools. Despite globalization, intercultural communication is a weak point in this country.

Virtual reality has long found its way into the lives of game enthusiasts by designing digital, synthetic, and video images around the world of computer games. Since Mario’s coarse pixel grids, increased computing power has ensured a more realistic representation than ever before.

Light field cameras to integrate real recordings into the virtual world

With Lytro cameras by Malaysian-American founder Ren Ng, light field camera technology, which has long been established in the field of industrial image technology, has become the focus of general photography for a few years from 2012. In addition to the usual two dimensions of the image, the light field camera captures Or exposed one additional, which is the direction of the incident light rays.

This extra dimension means that entire photos contain information about the depth of the image, making it possible to change the level of focus even after the photo has been taken. However, the image quality required for use in an audience acceptable to smartphones requires much more computing capacity than the display cameras can provide.

Therefore, the end-client business was abandoned after four years and Lytro tried its hand at the cinema area, which was only a short episode and brought commercial operations to a halt in 2018.

The technology developed by Lytro was not allowed to be exported for reasons of national security after the military took an interest in it. Rumors that Google wanted to buy the company did not materialize. However, there is no doubt that many Lytro employees have moved to Google.

What Google intends to do with Lytro

Mixed reality, that is, the connection of fact and fiction, has long been established in the automotive sector, where, starting from the case of sales, it has increasingly spread to the development of vehicles and is increasingly being developed almost virtually. The results then no longer flow into the prototype build as before, but remain at the default level until the client requests the corresponding version.

For Google, where you store a wealth of data because you know what interests your users and therefore you can direct all search queries so that each user’s expectations are satisfied in the best possible way, the temptation is great, as well as links to the interview. Pages, even those expected to generate mixed reality news in order to better meet the expectations of their users.

The US wants to prevent China from catching up in computer technology

Simulating apparent realities becomes much easier if you have a large number of fast computer systems at your disposal. With Google and Meta, two US companies hold an underestimated volume of data about their users, which is already being used today to provide them with information that perfectly matches their perceived interests, thus keeping them largely trapped in this bubble.

The fact that the United States now actively wants to prevent China, which is currently five years behind in the development of the latest IT components, from quickly catching up, is currently under tremendous pressure on the Dutch government to prevent the Dutch factory manufacturer ASML and its German partners Trumpf and Carl Zeiss not bringing their latest technology to the Not only China, but also old models.

In order to prevent Chinese residents from getting in touch with American culture and technical developments as much as possible, the United States recently decided not to issue visas to Chinese people. It is doubtful whether this will also affect Chinatown in the United States. People of Chinese descent owe their families first and their heritage second.

What you see is not necessarily what it looks like

Historically, billboard advertisements along with broadcast points were remembered by the public as television advertisements, but this was much cheaper than a television show. The fragmentation of radio broadcasts has rendered this effective combination obsolete today.

While people in the Far East can usually handle the mixture of fact and fiction very elegantly and maneuver their way through the jungle of targeted information and disinformation without falling into great doubt, since contradictory statements do not have to represent a contradiction, this cultural technique is common in industrialized countries is not clear In particular.

Some still believe what they read in the newspaper or what is presented in the news, and others orient themselves toward the alternative media, just as in earlier times the news service was at the hairdresser or the pastor’s word on the pulpit. Many are completely confused by the complex globalized world and look for simple explanations and blame the dilemma in which they find themselves.

It is quite clear that the educational systems of the industrialized countries have failed here to convey the tools required in an increasingly complex world. Currently, the consequences of seeking simple explanations and escaping from complex systems can be clearly seen in Europe in Poland, Hungary, France, and also in Italy and Germany. Whether this deficit can be reduced is questionable. The danger of constant temptation through texts and videos that are adapted to the interests of the user is too great.
(Christopher Gilly)

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