The British Museum is releasing an app aiming to bring artworks to life, which “superimposes text and graphics over objects in the viewfinder” and “even play games to interact with them”, whilst scores of London’s public art sculptures will be brought to life via Hollywood actor’s voice-overs.
All well and good to have extra info at your fingertips but will anyone be able to make up their own minds about anything in this brave new world? Perhaps relying on some facts that you have previously researched rather than easy access information at the touch of a button.
Where the critical thought? Where the investigative response? Where the contemplation? An abundance of data unfortunately may come to stand for Generation Spoonfed. One step closer to a Matrix style instant upload learning; then where is the learning? Might ‘learned’ as an adjective become a thing of the past? ‘Expert’ is already on the way out. Scholar decidedly quaint.