Are Apple’s upcoming AR glasses already obsolete?

Augmented reality companies are working on the holy grail of AR: socially acceptable glasses that show high-resolution digital objects tethered to and interactive with actual objects and spaces in the real world. 

The augmented reality people want to... augment reality!

But the generative AI revolution, led by OpenAI's ChatGPT, has changed demand. Instead of wanting to augment reality, the bigger demand that has emerged is the desire to augment the self through AI.

We still want AR. But even more than that, we want wearable AI appliances, so that are own brains can be augmented by the AI collective brain. 

Read all about it in my latest Computerworld column.

Just had a MagSafe Moment

I'm staying at a pricey Airbnb in a fashionable district of Mexico City, working at the dining room table. Directly in front of me is a glass vase with a green ribbon around the top. The window is open and the blind mostly closed. 

A sudden gust of wind pushed the blind, knocked over the vase, which started rolling toward the left edge of the cabinet. I shot out of my chair and lunged for the vase, in the process kicking my MacBook Pro cable with so much force it not only came out on the MacBook end, but the power brick end as well, ending up in a pile against the far wall. 

My MacBook is actually perched somewhat precariously on a cardboard box, and could have been easily knocked off without MagSafe. 

Well, I caught the vase as it was halfway to the floor. And my MacBook Pro didn't even move. Thank you, Apple, for listening to the people and bringing back the MagSafe feature!