One of the masters of science fiction, Neal Stephenson, may be with Magic Leap. However, this does not mean that he does not take a moment to visit the halls of competitor Microsoft, the manufacturer of HoloLens.  The author is currently promoting his new book Autumn; or, Dodge in Hell and as part of his graduation, he storms all media, including corporate video shows.
Stephenson joined Microsoft's Vice President Brad Anderson in his YouTube series "The Shiproom" to discuss all technical issues and science fiction.
The most significant moment during the interview occurs when the Futurist is asked to play a game in which a list of cutting-edge technologies is played out against each other to predict which ones are the most effective. And while Stephenson's work covers an incredibly broad spectrum of technologies, it turns out that he sees Augmented Reality as cutting-edge technology in front of things like quantum computers, neural connection computer interfaces, and thorium reactors.
Of course, Microsoft did not miss the opportunity to change the look and feel of the Magic Leap employee Tweet from his HoloLens account, "We are honored that @NealStephenson has selected #AugmentedReality for the ultimate winner of the technology's future, and we can not say more;)" The episode also begins with Stephenson sitting behind a giant Microsoft 365 logo. Not. Embarrassing. At the. Alles.
As for Stephenson's book, it's 880 pages (normal for Stephenson), so I had no chance to read it. But Synopsis is about cloud computing and the process of uploading the brain to that cloud.
We are still a long way from realistically achieving such a feat, but that does not stop Stephenson from leading us into speculative terrain Anyway. Fortunately, his bet on AR is not speculative, and this brief intersection between the worlds of Magic Leap and HoloLens is just another indication of how powerful the space becomes to attract the world's attention World.