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I am a prophet, a prophet, I tell you! - Elf M. Sternberg
I am a prophet, a prophet, I tell you!
In one of the Journal Entries, one of the characters talks about pornoscapes, private virtual realities people own and carry about with them as an "escape" from the real world. It is a logical extension of the porn-on-your-video-iPod that's been a staple of the business for a while now. One of thep points made in the course of the story is that Pornoscapes tend to be lower resolution than standard virtual realities, which are themselves not always perfect representations of the world: private VR realms tend to be small, cheap, and run by low AIs (or even non AIs), and dropping the resolution saves power and processing costs. But pornoscapes are low resolution for another reason: fantasy rarely involves unpleasant wrinkles, body odors, stubble, and the sticky, must-clean-up feeling afterward.

The porn industry has discovered this: Hi-Def porn reveals too much. (NYTimes: Probably SFW). Even in that purely visual medium, too much detail turns off the audience.

In another, I predicted that sometime in this decade we would have the technology to digitally remove condoms from AIDS-era videos. Guess what? A porn company claims to be doing just that (Fleshbot: NSFW). (I also predicted the end of the AIDS era, which sadly hasn't happened yet.)

I probably have a higher hit rate than the fortunetellers at the Sun.

Current Mood: amused amused
Current Music: Mike Oldfield, North Star

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pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: January 23rd, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Our holiday present to the house was a 42" DLP tv, to replace the aging Sony 21". 42" is *way* too large to watch porn comfortably on, except maybe from the other end of the house. Giant unbroken swaths of beige. *shudders*
polydad From: polydad Date: January 23rd, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hitting the Sun newsies sounds like an excellent idea, though not as good as hitting some Faux-newsers. Probably get us talked about, though.


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nbarnes From: nbarnes Date: January 23rd, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but if he hadn't, I would have lived my life without having a web site tell me, 'Sorry, no posts containing gay raging-stallions-invisible-condom-technology-22716 were found. Please try again.' and that would have been a shame.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: January 24th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
It's not a huge surprise that it happened in the porn industry. I remember reading that the same thing happened to local news broadcasts. They upgraded to HDTV (even before the national TV networks did), and suddenly discovered that their cheap plastic sets look like crap, their "tv grade" pancake makeup looked like crap, and their naturally aging taking heads suddenly were broadcasting every pimple, acne scar, and wrinkle onto the screen.
lisakit From: lisakit Date: January 24th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! That's like, almost as good as Brezsny.
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