The Kinect and the End of Civilization

CNET: "Whether we like it or not the new Kinect full-body controller from Microsoft is actually going to be a hot ticket for Christmas and probably drive Xbox 360 sales for years to come. I'm not a big fan of the product, because I can see the miserable societal changes it will bring. It's not going to be pretty.

First of all, go look at some videos of people using Kinect. This is one of my a favorite videos. In it, a 12 year old comes home and for some unknown reason she starts waving her arms in front of the TV set and then notices that her avatar is moving with her. Her mouth is agape, and she begins jumping up and down giggling wildly.

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