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High Tech Porn…

Posted by quirksalight on January 13, 2007

Right now, the largest consumer tech trade show, CES, has just wrapped up in Vegas, only to be followed by Internext, the largest trade show for online porn.
I was listening and reading to a BBC programme about this trade show, which was stating that the adult-entertainment industry has always been a driving force for tech development in multimedia. Some of the tech they cite being the proliferation of VHS use in the homes and the potential increase in streaming wireless porn (yes, on your mobile…).

I guess that kinda makes sense…. new technologies need to create a market, and what better to do that with than porn… there’s a huge market for it and the marker increases as the availability gets easier and hence more discreet, bringing in the customers who would have been too embarrassed to go buy/rent in person.

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4 Responses to “High Tech Porn…”

  1. Likewise, I watched an interview on CSPAN-2’s Book TV with an author who had just written a book about battlefield medicine in Iraq. One of his major points was that warfare provides an opportunity for surgeons to try new techniques and materials with a near unlimited source of various horrific injuries. While this obviously leads to better surgical techniques for the rest of us, the author seemed a little to happy about all that practice..

  2. It’s always interesting on what spurs technological advances. Sometimes it’s want, and othertimes it’s need, as in battelfield medicine.
    Think about the viewpoint of the author – he is trying to find a good to all the things he’s seen. In medicine, as with other fields, you have to distance yourself from what you are doing; otherwise, you’re useless. And most likely that “distancing” is what you may be interpretating as being “too happy”…. though I bet he was cheerful that at least there will be other people who will benefit from what he had learned in Iraq…..

  3. I was quite interested in what the author had to say, and understood the need for distance, but as an outside viewer listening to him talk, it still seemed a bit off balance. Oh well..

    On another note, have you read “Diffusion of Innovations?” It’s rather scholarly, but a good introduction to the study of why some innovations/inventions spread while others don’t.

  4. Sure, I can understand that if you aren’t involved in that field, or in a related one, how it can seem a bit odd to listen to someone talk like that. But that occurs in every field; cops talking about a particular crime which someone who’s not regularly dealing with criminal activities may be startled by.
    I haven’t read that book in particular, though it sounds interesting.

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