Holodeck: For Your Spies Only

July 14, 2011

Wired announces. “Spy Geeks Want Holodeck Tech for Intel Analysts.” Yes, finally! Wait, intelligence analysis?

The U.S. intelligence community’s research group DARPA is working on the Synthetic Holographic Observation (SHO) program, which will allow intelligence analysts use holographic displays to collaborate. Oh. I guess that’s cool too.

Though we’re still a long way from the Holodeck as envisioned in Star Trek, writer Adam Rawnsley is emphasizes that this is a step in that direction. More importantly for the current point in history, it could become an indispensible tool for our intelligence officers. The article asserts:

The program is aimed at generating 3-D displays that let analysts get a better feel for the mountains of imagery that the intelligence community collects. In particular, SHO needs to render conventional imagery and LIDAR (light detection and ranging) into holographic light fields. . . .SHO needs to be able to let multiple analysts work together on the same image at the same time. To do that, it has to be interactive. DARPA asking prospective builders to make a hologram that analysts can navigate and manipulate in ways that regular maps don’t allow.

Sounds like a great idea. I look forward to learning more. We think a phase change is search and information access is underway.

Cynthia Murrell, July 14, 2011

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