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An speculative project about the future of writing systems.

3D Writing - Daniel Lara

The mission of the Museum of Prehistoric Future is to develop a better understanding of the three-dimensional writing systems that existed in the past.  We have collected artifacts used in such systems and our Research Department has been trying to decipher the messages that they embody.

We know for a fact that the development of 3D Writing evolved in a very organic way. Multimedia installations created environments with non-linear and spatial narratives that slowly created a language that sink very easily into peoples’ minds.  These installations started propagating very fast also because people became used to being surrounded by displays and bombarded with information.  Art Museums’ pieces -such as “Listening Post”- validated non-linear/simultaneous readings at the same time that all the main urban conglomerates developed their own version of “Times Square”. Parallel to this development, written language began to shrink.  By 2010 the Twitter Language was blooming and contagious to other spheres of written language. And then one event triggered a domino effect that forever changed the way humans communicated. On April 14th of 2010, Twitter started sending advertisements and people generated a biological response to the extreme diversification of their attention span. Something got rewired in the brain and people started perceiving in a natural non-linear manner for the first time. Lines of text and hence the Euclidean grid did not make sense anymore. People were perceiving space-time altogether, the way Albert Einstein predicted in 1905. The last fact we know for sure is that Sign Language influenced the development of three dimensional grammar, although we do not know exactly how. Also we know that the early writing systems borrowed shapes from the letterpress, because of two reasons: first, because of the tangibility of the letters and second because of the slow composing speed.  This slow speed should not be misunderstood as a drawback in effectiveness or in the amount of information exchanged.  In reality, a hyper fast brain of 2015 could compress very complex ideas in an artifact or two, in a shape that could be easily understood. In 2017, the alphabet became outdated and new forms of writing based on video and images emerged.  Also the 3D message printing systems became very affordable, and people were able to scan and send 3D messages that would update dynamically.  We were able to restore two of these printouts, but we are still developing the technology to decipher the messages contained.

Very recently, our Research Department was able to create a 3D translator that has given us a glimpse on the usage of 3D grammar. Because there is a simple “phrase” contained in the artifact, it is easier to see the changes that the position of the artifact have in the meaning of the phrase.

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