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Let’s Talk Sci-Fi – Video Phones

Hey Fellow Sci-Fi Nerds,

As I mentioned in a previous post about flying cars, I’m working on a sci-fi novel, building my world and keeping my fingers crossed.  I thought it would be fun to bring you in and discuss sci fi ideas, topics, technology, various ideas that will help me as I navigate the terrain.

Today, let’s talk video phones.  This isn’t a sci-fi stereotype that’s hypothetical.  Video phones are here!  They’ve been here awhile!

And sadly, they’re about as popular as a turd in the proverbial punchbowl.

As a kid, I remember watching Sci-Fi films and thinking, “What if someone gets a video phone call and they’re not wearing any pants?”

Thus, I proved to be a prophet as I grasped the issue early – no one is wearing any pants.

Seriously!  Be honest!  How many of you are wearing pants right now?!  Show of hands!  Be honest!

We have the power to call someone up and look straight at them, but we never use it.  Why?  Because people just want to sit around their homes sans pants and don’t feel like putting them on just to make a call.

Forget about pants.  Maybe people are too self-concious.  Maybe they don’t want someone looking at their face, seeing all their zits, being watched and judged for eating a bowl of ice cream whilst being on the phone.

Maybe it’s easier to call up and yell at the cable repairman for not coming between the window of 8 to 7 if you don’t have to stare at his face.

For whatever reason, video communication is here, and it is rarely being used.  I have no one who wants to talk to me by video, and I can’t blame people, because my face is hideous and would probably break their phones.

For me, the 1982 film Blade Runner comes to mind when it comes to this topic.  In that film, it is anticipated that in 2019, Harrison Ford will sit down at a video pay phone, where another woman takes a seat at her video phone booth, and they have a formal chat looking at one another through their screens.  In reality, the pay phone concept, video or otherwise, is long dead, and that woman would probably just want to talk on an audio call, because she’s at home, and probably pantsless.  Maybe not.  She was kind of classy.

So as the title of this post suggests, let’s talk Sci-Fi.  I guess it would be lame to have characters in a book using video phones.  No one uses them today and I doubt anyone will be more pro-pants wearing just to take a phone call in the future.

One thing I see in Sci-Fi flicks is holograms.  They look cool, but personally, if I’m not putting on pants to take calls, I’m not putting them on to be reproduced as a hologram.

I think far into the distant future, people will still be making audio calls only.  What do you think?

And even if I think that, should my characters use hologram communication because, what the hell, holograms are awesome?

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