There are many people who just put up anything over the internet. As Soren Kierkegaard, a great thinker, once said, “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use”. The same holds good for many people who read any random stuff. When I researched on speaking pictures, I found some of the factoids – an item of unreliable information that is reported and repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact – over the internet.
So what are some popular factoids going on about the speaking images and the truth?
Factoid 1: Speaking images are limited
This is what people said about digital records when they were getting the good vinyl record. The saying has it that it was promulgated by the vinyl record companies. We all now know if the theory that dubbed digital record a “hot air balloon” was true.
Factoid 2: Social media won’t accept it
For this one let’s not dig into the history as we did for the first myth, let’s look as something more recent. The induction of Gif files types by Facebook. Many had thought that gif would never see the light of the day. And for years they were until Facebook finally ended up inducing it. Now, it is pretty much a part of social media and you might have seen an image or two with motion.
Factoid 3: The scope of speaking pictures is limited
I doubt it. Whether you look at the evolution of internet whereby videos and calls were never looked as a probability but now have become an integral part of it or something as ancient as induction of airplanes by Wright brothers. Skeptics don’t form a part of history, but doers are. That’s why there is every reason why individuals must take advantage of it.
Factoid 4: Speaking pictures calls for a lot of changes in image capturing habit
Incorrect. The company that pioneers in speaking pictures, Voxweb, has demonstrated that it doesn’t take a lot of change in image sharing habits. It puts the orange line beneath the pictures, and the user can click on the picture and it would speak up. Now that’s as simple as clicking on the play button of the video. Changes sometimes are very different than current habits, however, this case is different, here, we don’t really need to switch over habits a lot. Just a few minor changes do the trick.
I hope that busting these factoids would help you look at the technology behind the speaking pictures differently and you would have a different view of the same. Sometimes, we fail to gauge the force of technology until it becomes a Facebook or WhatsApp and changes our lives.
The human mind is born skeptic and misses to take a rational view and learn from history when it comes to new technology. Hence, it is important to take the right view and analyze if the technology is promising based on our experiences both with the product and the history.