I used to be within the theatres once more not too long ago, watching exhibits. I really like theatre, particularly musicals (Ed: is it okay for Chris to say this?). I questioned why theatre is so particular after which realised it’s that shared expertise. A bunch of individuals on stage doing stuff, and a crowd of individuals sharing what they’re doing.
It then made me realise that this can be a essential basis of the networked economic system. It’s our potential to share and community in real-time. A superb instance is that I now observe and hint commentary on twitter of dwell TV that I’m watching. It seems like you might be having that shared expertise, however now at house.
The factor is that the shared expertise at house will not be the identical. By no means. It’s 2-dimensional. You don’t have the style or odor of the bodily shared expertise.
This additionally got here house to me as I attended a couple of conferences and conferences in actuality. The NLP kicked in. Seeing folks in actuality is sooo a lot better. You get to see the whites of their eyes and the way in which they’re pondering. You’ve got off-meeting chats, drinks and networking. You don’t get that on Zoom.
And I suppose there’s the rub of all we speak about, by way of the metaverse and just about augmented realities. Is it 2D or 4D? Actual-life is all dimensional (keep in mind we’ve got six senses) however the networked economic system is at present 2D (eyes and ears solely). Can we get to a real digital world? Can we increase actuality with smells, tastes and contact?
Asking this query exhibits that we’re nonetheless in early days of expertise. A bit like stepping up the ladder of synthetic intelligence, we’re approach off computer systems reaching the singularity the place they’re extra clever than people. With robotics, most robots nonetheless appear to be toys. We’re in early days.
Give it one other century and positive, we in all probability may have developed 5D networked and shared expertise with robots that seem like human … however we’re not there but.
And the actually vital factor to recollect is the shared expertise. As people, we’re social. Within the dystopian view of the world, we will find yourself residing with machines in our personal singularity. What meaning is that we find yourself on capsules just like the blue tablet Matrix. It’s a Black Mirror future. It’s a Terminator future.
I don’t imagine in that future.
I do imagine in a future the place machines increase actuality, however it is going to all the time be to make our lives higher, not worse. As we progress to 5D augmented realities in a metaverse, we are going to discover ourselves sharing experiences internationally of the networked economic system to make life higher; to make relationships extra accessible, open and international; to allow mates to attach throughout borders, throughout nations, throughout religions, throughout ethnicities.
In different phrases, the community will breakdown prejudice and create much more inclusion and variety. It can do that in real-time, but it surely nonetheless gained’t be the identical as sitting collectively and hugging.
… or will it?