Author: Ken Perlin

Author: Ken Perlin

Green Screen Gumby

I recently implemented a green screen algorithm for my Chalktalk presentation software. This will allow me to give Chalktalk lectures with arbitrary backdrops. This might come in handy if, say, I’m in NYC but I want to give a lecture about hypercubes in front of La Grande Arche de la Défense in Paris. We got…

Visions and Prototypes

In order to understand what our lab does, it’s useful to think about visions and prototypes. We generally start with a set of visions for what might be possible in the future, given reasonable assumptions. For example, in 1990, a lab such as ours might have envisioned that something like the Web would soon come…

When Reality Changes

When I coined the phrase “Future Reality”, I was trying to describe a very specific set of ideas. Those ideas are not specific to this moment in history — they apply to every moment in history. I’ll explain. In 1992 (just before the Web) if you had tried to describe Google or Wikipedia, most people…

White Mirror

If we assume that in five years (more or less) smartphones will be replaced by wearables, I think we can see from Marta’s very thoughtful post yesterday how many negative consequences there can be for face-to-face social interaction between people. Yet there is still time for us to help shape the outcome in a more…

Only connect

I have come to realize that our lab’s research isn’t really about technology. Yes, of course we invent things. We write code, we build hardware, we publish technical papers. Sometimes we file patents. But the questions our lab asks are really about people. Such as: What happens when you provide to people, in all of…