Not like this interesting image by Invizible Man. More subtle. Not for killing, for living.
Feedback helps change behavior. It’s immediate knowledge, immediate results, immediate corrections. It’s what we’re built for. Wouldn’t it be cool if life had better feedback? Like a video game?
In video games you have a health bar, money, and power (let’s say). I wish I could have something similar superimposed on my vision. Health (amount of exercise, diet), money (money) and power (meditation time or something). We don’t have anything similar for out lives, instead the feedback loops are almost backwards. We get fast food constantly in our face and it’s instantly gratifying. We see a thousand ads and signs asking us to spend but none asking us to save. We get constantly pulled into distraction but hardly ever into contemplation or education.
People set goals (losing weight, learning a language) but rarely meet them because it’s so hard. Because they’re operating without feedback and it takes a lot of sheer will and faith. If you had simple visual feedback in your vision (glasses, contact lenses) or even smartphone that would make a difference. Life is a game. It would be nice if we could set the rules.
Oh, and I would also like a feature to look people up on FB and tell me their names cause I can’t remember. Also, the apparently have something similar in eyeglasses for sports.
I was thinking about this after reading ‘When I began to describe for Mr. Lutz the psychological effect the Volt had had on me, he chuckled. “Yeah,” he said, “it’s like playing a video game that is constantly giving you back your score”’ (Joe Nocera, NYTimes). Ashoka has also wondered similar things about his Prius.