The present is giving us no time for the future. The now absorbs it all. We’re being overtaken by events and left in their wake, flotsam and jetsam on the shore, pushed around by the rising tide. Breathe that sea air deep, and try to remember which season it is. Better still, go to the Spa where you can purchase ‘A Brush with Autumn’. As the brochure says: A totally relaxing full mind and body treatment using a selection of mixed and immersive realities. Escape the parakeets and cloudless skies and remind yourself of the olden days of October mists and mellow fruitfulness. Additional supplement to meet bespoke autumnal woodland creatures in live virtuality (price per species available on request).
Reports of its demise are exaggerated. Instead, it has landed on its feet. Truly the beast has nine lives. And each of them is charmed. Stay a while then and contemplate this: London is still open. Space is closer to London than Oxford. Let’s twin London with the Lunar Habitation at Shackleton’s Crater on the South Pole of the Moon. Let’s take one step beyond and imagine living in a shed, rather than a five bedroom house. The ISS is a bit like that old pile in the suburbs, but you’re moving inner city, into zone 1. Cargo issues again. What do you keep and what gets left behind?
How do you curate space? Pack everything you need for six months. You end up taking only a mouth harmonica so you can play the blues, made from wood and metal that is etched with loops and curlicues, a thing of beauty you can hold in your hand when your heart is heavy. You can pinch and zoom the rest.
You had more invested in things staying the way they were than you ever realised when you started to change them. Change takes on it’s own momentum and pulls you around. Change or be changed. The only constant is change. Even resisting change, steady as she goes, don’t rock the boat, requires constant adjustment. Trimming sails. Clipping wings. Nothing lasts forever. Set adrift we search for a new anchorage, only to realise that a ship is safe in harbour but that’s not what ships are for. But let’s not change for change’s sake. What’s our cargo? Ahoy new shores!
Chatting this morning I defined augmented reality as virtual objects and or other information overlaying a real-world environment (using QR tags or other anchor point triggers) while mixed reality has virtual objects present in the real world environment that the user can interact with (via HoloLens Headsets and so on). This mixed reality world is the one that my Kinetic Coach operates in. The Kinetic Coach teaches AIs to dance in virtual space. It’s a kind of tango to create empathy. We can all join in.