Perspective – the one thing/limit we are seldom aware of

Panorama of a Sydney scene

Panorama of a Sydney scene

What is there to notice about this iphone panorama photo shoot of a street scene in Sydney?

The distortion is the most obvious one. We live with the distortion because we have grown accustomed to what a typical consumer level photograph will look like. Our brain tells us that there is nothing wrong with the scene because it makes allowances for the distortions.

This “adjustment” happens a lot more often and in a lot more situations than we are aware of. Sometime the adjust has positive results, mostly harmless. But once in a while it leads to unexpected undesirable results. Like a fast moving object heading towards us in a part of our “blind spot”.

While quite well understood now in the physical world (which in not the same as saying we are all able to handle the problems it causes). It is something less well understood in the professions. Like in the world of business analysis.  All “knowledge” captured, expressed, analyzed, propose in a design, is from a particular perspective. A point in time and space (and another dimension?). Sometimes it does not matter, and sometimes it matters,  knowing the position that the expression is made from.

The building profession, or other engineering professions have a better history of well accepted (and hence recognized) “perspectives” in their engineering or architecture drawings. The world of IT tries to do it with their diagrams that express views from different perspectives of procesess, data, timing, etc. There are two big problems that we have though. One is the “un”commoness of these expressions. There is UML and other “standards” but none of them are anywhere near the common acceptance of the stable engineering and architecture professions. The second, is the fact that IT, is a very young discipline (debatable as a discipline) that continues to evolve. It is not only the technology (as in hardware and software) that is changing, but the very fabric. Ideas used to conceptualize and then develop real systems. These are moving at breakneck speed.

Is it a scary future? Or an exciting one? Both. Same reason we pay to watch scary movies. We seek the fear of the unknown. Except, the movie does not end in two hours.

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