Yesterday’s announcement that New York City’s 311 and 911 services are going to be picture capable has been picked up by Boing Boing and was the announcement also made it in to page B4 of the city version of the NYT. Now, I’m a strong believer that the visual image might be useful in illuminating stories that would have been lost previously yet I was struck more by the lack of fanfare over such a change. A sort of “oh that’s a good idea,” why wasn’t that done already?
Taking a step back from this is interesting. When do you first remember hearing about video-telephony? For me I think it was on Blue Peter, the UK, the children’s television show that runs in the UK. Yet here we are today in a world where voice telephony is becoming a free service, movement of images between phones and the internet completely normal and mobile video telephony likely something that children born today won’t remember being without.
Come on. Get excited . We’re living in a world with technology that even Buck Rogers didn’t have!