Just as we are getting used to the Digital Age, we are about to be overwhelmed by the ‘Nano Age’. Often wondered how that will affect me as a story teller/film director. I look at a Camera, which is really a passive recording device that ‘reads’ light as refelected by the observed object. Nano technology may soon bring to us an ‘active recording device/camera. What might it be ?……
Imagine a device that ‘beams’ (like radiation) millions (billions ?) of Nano-particles. Each as small as a photon. Each nano particle ‘reads’ light, smell, temperature etc as they swirl around the area that they are beamed into. There may be nano particles that are specific, ie they are light sensitive, temperature sensitive or smell sensitive. They may bounce off the observed subject(s) and be ‘touch sensitive’ too, as they study textures.
Now imagine you have a big party scene, and as your actors are performing, the nano particles are swirling around and picking up information and constantly reflecting information back to the ‘recording device’, whatever that might be. You will walk away from the scene with enough information even from the back of the heads of the actors, every nook and corner of the room, the body temparature and even the perfume your actors are wearing. Not sure what I will do with all that information yet ! Probably be totally confused, but the possibilities are enormous and a bit daunting.
But as I was thinking of this, it ocurred to me that we may soon be engulfed by nano particles that are swirling around, beamed by not so benign an observer as a film director. It may be the proverbial ‘Big Brother’ ! In which case there is nothing about us that is not being recorded by someone, somewhere. What we are doing at any moment, what we smell like, what our body temerature might be.
Great if you are a heart patient for the computers at the hospital to keep track of you, but what if you are just wanting to do something completely private ? Live in leaded rooms ? Any scientists out there telling me that this is just my imagination going wild ?