Rony Abovitz, CEO of Magic Leap, gave me a couple of shout-outs on his Twitter feed. I have cut and pasted images from the feed at the end of this article. I wanted to make a quick to respond to his response (he uses Twitter, I use my blog).
Dodging the Question and a Logical Fallacy
Jan Ciger wrote one thread, “Very interesting series of blog posts by Karl Guttag on Magic Leap One based on the patents and openly available information. Let’s hope this analysis is wrong or this will be one major pile of hype biting the dust (and a huge disappointment).”
To which Rony, CEO of Magic Leap, replied by dodging the question with, “Karl has never seen or used a Magic Leap system – many others have.”
Rony employed question dodging trick of “Answering a completely different question.” I have laid out my sources of information, how I have drawn my conclusions and gone as far as providing the 3-D models so people can see for themselves.
Rony is also employing a logical fallacy. You don’t have to physically do something to know how it works. For example, you don’t have to walk on the moon to know how gravity behaves there; it is a matter of science. You might get a more precise answer by going to the moon and making measurements, but you can get very accurate answers without having to make the trip.
In another thread, Roope Rainisto asked a different question and got the same dodge (although Rony used my full name this time)
“It’s good marketing speak, but from what Karl Guttag and others claim, all I read about the reality of One is diffractive waveguides (like in Holo). What does a “natural light field” actually mean?”
Rony Abovitz responded with,”Karl Guttag has never seen or used a Magic Leap system.”
Rony could have said he wouldn’t answer that question or not responded at all. I need to point out that there is a mountain of evidence in patents and papers that indeed Magic Leap are using diffractive waveguides. In fact, the evidence points to them using two sets of 3 (red, green, blue) diffractive waveguides, essentially two Hololens diffractive waveguides stacked on top of each other.
Closing Random Comments
I do appreciate that Rony used my name this time and didn’t weasel around it as he did a year ago with “grumpy mouse blogger.”
The fact that he felt he had to respond to me by name suggests that this blog is getting to him and he is getting questions from others.
I’m hoping somebody in the media will follow up and not let him dodge the questions.
I’m happy to debate and defend my work on a public forum (podcast, video, or live). Who wants to take the side that the view of the real world looks different than what I presented and that they are not using diffractive waveguides?
BTW, I don’t usually follow Rony Abovitz’s twitter feed. I would like to acknowledge that I found out about these tweets from Noah_A_S on the Magic Leap subgroup on Reddit.