Remediation

Remediation was an interesting read because it brought up many topics that we have discussed through out the semester. On the issue of virtual reality and if it will overcome the medium barrier, it was stated that "their view is that virtual reality (or digital technology in general) completes and overcomes the history of media (24)". I thought that this was an interesting point of view to have. I say this because it was also stated and is somewhat clear today that new technologies that "erase" some aspect so that the viewer is "fully involved" are always being surpassed by other mediums/technology. I do feel that if virtual reality was able to improve to the point of there being no wires and just a picture similar to Minority Report that this would be a progressive step in technology. However, it seems as if it would be impossible to say that we would not need anything else and that at that point that there would be nothing else to improve. It is evidently stated in the chapter that all old technologies have been improved and surpassed but continue to be rooted/based in all new technology. I do agree with this, I feel that this new step in virtual reality will be the beginning for a whole lot of new and unthinkable technologies to emerge. However, I feel that it is important to think about the computers part in these new advancements.
In the section on programmers and the programmer-computer partnership Neumann and Turning believe that, "computers programs may ultimately be human products, in the sense that they embody algorithms devised by human programmers, but once the program is written and loaded, the machine can operate without human intervention" (27). This is also what some of the authors in the New Media Reader believed and I feel is always important to consider. It seems in the article that so many people are excited about the progress that can be made to make mediums seem more and more realistic and having consumers feel completely "in the medium" however, with more improved technology shouldn't there be better, smarter and faster computers? Yes, improved virtual technology would be great but not if computers are then so intelligent that they decide to go to war with humans and win. This in it self would be unfortunate because we would no longer exist but also because the computers would be a product of our own creation. When it's put that way why worry about global warming computers may get us first.
Another point that I found interesting was when they mentioned about newer technology replacing jobs in Hollywood and also how, "in painting and photography the user's point of view was fixed. In film and television, the point view was set in motion, but it was the director or editor who controlled the movement" (29). Both of these realties are also very important when imaging the negative effects that technology may have on the way in which we live our lives. Should a more real experience replace jobs? It may not seem like a big deal because the replacement of people's jobs in Hollywood has probably not affected many of us personally but computers could replace many more people's jobs. For example, I am sure that we could just have a computer that operated in grocery stores at the cash register; we could have computers work solely at toll machines, I'm sure a computer could eventually be improved enough to be hooked up to every aspect of our house and perform most functions for us. I guess what I'm getting at it that with all new technology there are consequences and the consequences are probably not considered too much when programmers are so consumed say with the abilities of virtual reality.