My big worry about Vista was that its copy-protection schemes would make producing my own content harder. Maybe they will, I'm not sure, but it seems pretty clear that the end result of all this copy protection will actually be a quality advantage, from the viewer's perspective, on the part of unprotected content.
Now you'll be able to tell the "professional" product because it looks worse than amateur products. That's hilarious. And with things like Sony's new HD network that's open to amateur content, this may make a big difference in what people watch, especially as I note that once you get an HDTV you become much more sensitive to issues of video quality. So perhaps all the fancy HDTVs people are buying will be showing homemade video because it looks better. Maybe this is all a clever Microsoft plan to take Hollywood down, all while appearing to do its bidding.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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