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What’s the Deal with the “Self-view” on Zoom Calls?

When Stanley Kubrick set out to design the videophone featured in his 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, he enlisted help from a Bell Labs researcher. The invention they came up with sits inside a public booth behind a hydraulic glass door and features a full-screen, color image with a camera that follows its subject. A few years earlier, in The Jetsons, videophones perched on walls and tabletops, both at home and in the office, appearing like midcentury televisions with antennas. Video calls also featured on Star Trek in the mid-’60s, where they’re displayed on large, conference room-style screens on

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