It’s not so much that the world is changing but how we see it.

In the past couple of weeks, news of augmented reality devices like Google’s Project Glass and Innovega’s contact lens iOptik are at the forefront of this movement. Being able to see what’s not physically there is really only something our imagination and dream state could configure.

As we move farther into the 21st-Century, we are experiencing shocking innovations in our lifestyles due to technology. And we have to constantly test ourselves and our devices, wondering if they are helping or hurting us. Is the Maps app on my iPhone giving me a better sense of direction, or am I just a slave to its advice? Is my iPod the only reason I go running anymore, for without I am doomed on the paths? Can I actually achieve information overload?

Second screen interaction may have a new adverse effect on how you interact with television, contrary to popular belief. With your eyes on the tube, glancing at your smartphone to unlock other information or vote, you have to wonder whether or not you’re being entertained or entertaining yourself. And is this even a bad thing, or just different?

The overall arching question here is: Are we losing intimacy with our true environment? Well, perhaps since we raped the grounds at Versailles, or even when we built the pyramids, we humans displayed an immense capability to form the world into what we want. Now, we can capture the illusory depths of our mind expand our physical capabilities to unimaginable reaches.

-Jason E. Ballmann, Sr. Agent