In a previous article from 2016 we covered corporate conversion to blockchain and crypto currency, digital IDs and automation, based on a decade of experience on Bay Street. Post-Pandemic, with the way things are going, here’s what’s in store now (an update!)
Contact lenses and digital IDs will be the norm. Everything digitized. Your phone will be the key but eventually your body can be too. Ontario is already doing this. These types of “Digital ID’s” are going to eventually house everything from your currency balance to contactless payments to health status as well as health card, license, etc. Starts with your phone, then we will get contacts sooner than later or if you’re squeamish about that there’s the implant. Sounds interesting!
AI and Augmented Reality Will Dominate Every Experience
Stay home the safety zone. Aside from phones will soon exist the “VR Metaverse“. It’s like the augmented reality version of real life. We will exist in a bubble. It’s too scary outside or the climate emergency is raging so stay inside and put on a VR headset to go to that NBA Game. You pay, out of your digital wallet. It’s automatic based on your seat choice. A front row seat broadcast in 360 directly immerses you in the game for top dollar from the comfort (And safety!) of your living room. Human contact is sparse but at all costs make sure you have working wi-fi. Why cancel Bonnaroo when it can be broadcast in 360 VR reality and you can immerse yourself and your friends holographically from the comfort of your living room. No need to cancel now when the crowd can have the immersive experience of being there from their homes. Unlimited # of tickets can be sold. You pay for the perspective (augmented reality) and there’s no human contact. Pay even more to have YOUR hologram projected in real time at the event. Even a backstage experience sold to you in real time from the comfort of your living room will return an industry rocked by COVID 19 to unprecedented levels of skyrocketing profit. I offer more examples of VR Metaverse in my original article from 2016. This same principle can be used to sell the immersive 360 real-time VR experience to fill unlimited seats in stadiums for any concert, baseball game or NBA game experienced from any angle depending on your budget. Choose any seat you want for the 360 immersive POV of the game and the cost is automatically deducted from your digital balance.
Augmented Reality WITH Virtual Reality is The New Future.
VR will dominate. Forget Zuckerberg submersing an avatar in a meeting room, your holographic image will be projected into their interview room – and from your point of view on your couch, your eyewear turns your living room into a virtual representation of their office. You will be one step away from teleporting in your human form to the place you intend to be. Virtually go anywhere you want to go with easy, lightweight eyewear (a contact lens is ideal but perhaps initially a swim-goggle type VR experience. Holographic projection will be normalized. Abba is already owning the hologram game. Real time representational holograms are one step further.
Automation Annihilates Human Workers
In the future the police force is automated/robotic utilizing AI and human input to run the entire squad, de-escalate or apprehend. Self Driving cars, drones, cameras, and robots with cameras will do the dirty work and save lives all at the same time. Human input robots are great at de-escalation or recovery. Robots process digital information quickly and accurately. Not just the police either, absolutely any industry that can be automated will be: Baristas, grocers, teachers, etc.
Rewarded with Crypto
In my initial article about the future of technology, I was naively optimistic crypto currency could be utilized in social settings for the betterment of everyone. I envisioned doing 5 minutes on a bike whose kinetic energy powered electricity for the city to earn a bus fare. Being able to utilize kinetic energy in exchange for crypto is a great way to allow everyone to participate in society regardless of their bank balance. Someone can go for coffee and do a little something in exchange for digital token to cash in for a coffee. This engages people through movement and incentivizes activity. Fast forward to today and there are inklings users of health data apps or vaccination compliance can be rewarded in crypto currency. All user activity and updates will be set in blockchain technology thereby making it in-destructible. There’s no argument for what goes on there.
When you think about the prospect of your information being recorded indefinitely, unchangeably – coupled with a robotic police force, my speculation you could get hauled off by the robot police with no human around to hear your pleas for freedom is not so far off. It’s like when you try to talk to Uber customer service. It’s mostly all automated. No one is there to hear you yell.
Blockchain tech for wearables with contact/tracing/health information aka a digital ID will bring about the New World Order. Patents have been secured for contact lenses or bodily chips to make this a swift easy process. Happening now Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook – Ray Ban Smart Glasses.