Blinkered

Charlie Brooker has foreseen the future of augmented reality, and it is an airbrushed, technicolor marvel of possibilities. Charles Booth’s poverty maps remixed for the Avatar generation.

Years ago, I had an idea for a futuristic pair of goggles that visually transformed homeless people into lovable animated cartoon characters. Instead of being confronted by the conscience-pricking sight of an abandoned heroin addict shivering themselves to sleep in a shop doorway, the rich city-dweller wearing the goggles would see Daffy Duck snoozing dreamily in a hammock. London would be transformed into something out of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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