News from the future
Dateline: 17 February 2027
Now that we are able to stream data, images and live action video directly into the neocortex, it's becoming difficult to tell what's really real, and what's just our current reality. The line between the two is becoming increasingly blurry, and we're not sure on which side of that line we are standing. It's like the Matrix, reloaded and recharged.
But without the wires.
You can hook into someone else's consciousness, thoughts and experiences, or merge with an AI for a while. Now sharing your thoughts is as easy as, well, just thinking about it!
Which makes time travel almost possible; you can pause and rewind, and experience it all over again. Or perhaps you would like to erase the memory of a traumatic experience, something that's too painful on an emotional level. There's an app for that too.
The uptake in intelligence-to-intelligence (i2i) communication is changing the way we view reality and interact with the world around us. We can truly tap into the global brain, and access the cloud at the speed of thought.
Which begs the questions: Are we ready to evolve into multi-sentient beings?
Can we handle conflicting versions of reality, at the same time? Will we be able to disconnect at will?
Could we become addicted to 'alternative reality' and an unreal world?
These are scary questions, which raise more questions than answers. But it's likely that our descendants will embrace these technologies in the choices they make for their futures.
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