The idea of science fiction influencing science fact is not much of a mystery to many people. If you point out something like, “Voice command? They had that in Star Trek.” Most anyone would just nod and acknowledge the connection and go their merry way, or go, “Oh, yeah you’re right.” I think a lot of us take technology for granted because it’s been primed in what we see before much of it really exists. Future technologies are always in our periphery, sometimes it explodes in the news and people talk about it for days, or it slowly creeps in to our lives to the point where it becomes the norm. Coming from an experience in wearable technology, namely smartwatches, Dick Tracy is always brought up, regardless of the brand or model.


This is one of the earlier accounts of wearable tech – a watch that has a “2-way wrist TV” with many functions including voice command – or basically a phone on your wrist. Working at Pebble and seeing new people interact with the watches who hadn’t seen them before, many tried two things. Either they 1) tapped the screen, thinking it was a touchscreen or 2) asked if there was a microphone for voice command. Being one of the first smartwatches to infiltrate the market, Pebble has neither of those, and from my experience many were surprised that those weren’t functions of the watch. It’s interesting to me that people automatically think you can talk into your wrist or have touch capabilities, mostly from the previous imprint of these ideas either in science fiction or the technological advances of a smartphone and how apparently all those functions should transfer seamlessly to a wearable device. Then again – are these functions even necessary? Some people I know refrain from even using Siri on their phone because it looks or sounds funny talking to a machine, so how would that look talking into your wrist? If one feels uncomfortable talking into their phone how will people be able to adapt talking into their watch? 

This is a pivot to talk about my next project….

I want to focus on the transformation of speech, specifically in 50-60 years. In my generation, a lot of our speech is influenced by how we text, message, tweet, etc. We abbreviate words out loud (which is stupid, but I definitely do it all the time), spelling out L-O-L or saying v instead of very, etc. How does the way we speak now transform when I’m a 80 years old? The way people spoke in the 20’s is vastly different from how we speak today.I’d like to create artifacts of this world to take a peek into how the English language is changing. In the future of technology-driven vernacular, what will literature, product labels, music lyrics, basically anything words, look like in every day life? Even more so, what will it sound like?


2 thoughts on “Diegesis

  1. Looking at the artifacts of an evolving language sounds really cool. I love it. It made me think about how globalization and immigration also affect language. Spanglish is a real thing. I married into a Korean family and I’m always surprised how much of the Korean conversation I can figure out by listening for the English-ish words. I also find myself speaking English in a slightly stilted, differently inflected, even slightly grammatically incorrect way if I hang out for awhile in a group of Korean-speaking friends, or Spanish-speaking friends, or talk to my southern family on the phone. I wonder if any of these cross-cultural, cross-language elements might seep into the language in a more permanent way.

  2. How might Swipe-based texting (Swype) impact our speech? What about the idea that we only need to see a few directed letters in a group to know there exists an actual word?

    Will speech reflect this? For instance, perhaps only certain sounds/inflections in a vocal stream of mumbles/inaudible sounds are needed to understand what someone is saying.

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