#52: Porn in the age of the hologram

#52: Porn in the age of the hologram

Every new form of mass communication from the dawn of (human) time has been driven forward in large part by pornography.  The age of the hologram will be no different.

Porn is widespread over all of recorded history, dating back to the emergence of the very first forms of art 35,000 years ago.  Erotic images are plastered all over the walls of the preserved city of Pompeii.  And by the end of the 1970s, pornographic films made up the majority of videotape sales in the US, leading to the demise of Betamax at the hands of the technologically-inferior VHS format (Betamax blocked recording of smut, whereas VHS has no such quibbles).  And of course the internet writ large is fueled by porn.

It only took a few months after we launched the Looking Glass for porn to make its way into this first generation of holographic display. We were contacted by infamous porn peddlers Naughty America with a proposal to booth with them at CES to showcase their holographic strip club in a Looking Glass (we declined).  We've seen hyper-sexualized pornographic anime characters in all forms, some that go so far as using accelerometers pinned to a Looking Glass with some NSFW results.

Trying to stop holographic pornography would be like trying to remove porn from the internet. We don't share pornographic applications on our platforms, but we're not going to stop anyone from doing so on theirs. Sooner than most know, holograms will be the main mode of digital experience. Information, memories, and yes - PORN.

**this is part of our "100 Days of Holograms" series, where a few of us in the team at Looking Glass Factory post one new wonderful or weird (or both!) use for the Looking Glass holographic display being conjured around the world each day.

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