Magic Shirts

Is it possible to think of words as technology?

We live in a world of  hyper-linked words, but we haven’t yet seen enacting words.

Here is an inspirational look at words, and from the ottoman times: Magic shirts. Hulya Tezcan, a professor in Istanbul, recently published a book on the magic shirts of Ottoman Sultans. She stated:

Famous calligraphers, muralists, ulama and astronomers of the Ottoman period worked in collaboration to produce shirts for sultans. These high-quality shirts were believed to protect people from the evil eye and diseases. They were also believed to make wearers invisible in war.

Whether it is a make-belief, or mere myth, it is inspiring to think of wearables as magical companions to people. One can think of wearables for healthcare inspired by these magic words, magical worlds.

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