September 02, 2003

Predator showed us that aliens view us with some kind of geothermal vision. It probably makes it easier to hunt, from pragmatic and ethical points of view. Similarly, the Matrix vision of greengrey CRT hieroglyphs looked a lot like the ASCIIvision of, say, Compaq (remember that?) and Prada.

There's just a simple pleasure in looking at the thing you know with, literally, different eyes. Machine eyes, in particular, especially those capable of reading infrared, where lines on the map are just, um, lines on a map. Seeing the world in terms of its water vapor, as well, makes our own planet feel kind of far away again. That, and coffee, might get me through working on the electric toothbrush account.

Posted by kevin slavin at September 02, 2003 12:35 PM

from National Geographic: Urine Vision? How Rodents Communicate With UV Light

"The degu (Octodon degus) is among the rodents that have the ability to see the ultraviolet spectrum."

Posted by: dbrown on September 2, 2003 02:01 PM
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