'Hyper-Reality,' a short film by Keiichi Matsuda, tells the story of a woman whose identity is stolen, but it's also a look at a future in which personally embedded AR technology dominates consumers' lived experiences. Though the viewpoint in the first-person video is still incredibly far from today's examples of augmented reality, Matsuda's film presses viewers to consider the dangerous possibilities of an over-reliance on them.
While stylistically futuristic, many aspects of Hyper-Reality are eerily similar to consumers' current uses of technology. Zoning out to a mindless game while killing time on the bus, asking apps for directions and dressing up silly online avatars are just a few of the behaviors depicted in the film.
As popular TV shows like Mr. Robot and Black Mirror also elucidate, for all the potential benefits of digitized environments and AR technology, 'Hyper-Reality' shows that many are also feeling the anxiety of what could happen if those developments are left unchecked.