The analog hole

Dan Gillmor paid a visit to Jack Valenti, who has put his finger on the real problem: human beings are not (yet) digital:

Another problem for the entertainment companies is what they're calling the ``analog hole.'' This recognizes the fact that human beings are not digital, so digital programming has to be converted to a format, known as analog, that we can see and hear. [ Dan Gillmor ]

If Ray Kurzweil has his way, Hollywood may be able to close the analog hole sooner than Jack suspects. Kurzweil thinks we'll be able to port consciousness to new hardware by 2020. We just have to make sure that it's trusted hardware.

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