Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 26, 2020

The Abundance Frontier – 2020 – Post #11

The Abundance Frontier – 2020 – Post #11

How do we make life experiences abundant?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Now that AI/robotics/automation and populism have arrived, what will be the next revolution? The next revolution may in fact be the Abundance Frontier, and it promises to be a near-future-technology Wild West, pioneer spirit included.

The challenge will be to make each of the economic necessities of life so abundant they become virtually free. Here’s a starter list for these necessities.

  • Air √
  • Water √
  • Food √
  • Shelter √
  • Clothing √
  • Transportation √
  • Self-protection √
  • Energy √
  • Healthcare √
  • Life experiences √

We’re often told that a variety of life experiences are essential and will enrich our lives. But how can emerging technologies help billions of people around the world access such experiences?

Technology developments in airplanes and near-Earth space shuttles will be one key factor. As aircrafts go further, faster, and cheaper, more individuals will be able to travel where they couldn’t reach before, including workstations and resorts in orbit or outer space. Some of these technologies are on track to become available in the next five years.

For those who prefer to stay at home, they can still enjoy a wide variety of experiences using virtual reality (VR) devices. Some early stage VR goggles are already for sale. More advanced devices are being designed and will be on the market shortly.

And then there’s always my favorite VR device–companels (also called wall screens). These enormous TV screens can be placed on one wall or up to all four walls of a room. The software programming will allow an individual to be surrounded by their landscape scenery of choice.

It will be possible to simulate having breakfast at a café in Paris, to read a book at sunset near a beach in Fiji, and to sleep under the Milky Way. Enhancements to these visuals will likely include coordinated sounds and even pleasant smells. That Parisian café may be accompanied by the enticing aroma of freshly baked croissants. All that’s needed to complete the memorable moment is to have a local bakery drone deliver a dozen croissants to one’s home, adding taste to the mix.

These are but a few of the technology-enabled experiences that will become widely available in the near future. What technologies are you looking forward to?


Responses

  1. Virtual outdoors free of bugs sounds good.

    • It certainly does, David! 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

  2. I’m glad to read this article as it has deep understanding.

    • Hello and welcome! Are you Ellen? Thank you so much for the kind compliment. Cheers, Ashley


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