“she was always smiling from the way he made her feel. He was hot, dark and steamy. He made her life have meaning. She couldn’t live without him. And she didn’t want to…
coffee. He was coffee.”
the previous quote was my laugh for the morning. while I can live without coffee, I do enjoy drinking it. I think that perhaps with the demise of the “social” coffee shop inside the USA now that much of society stares into a mobile.
that is the part I worry about with society. with the work we did in immersive “live” (not hit play) entertainment you realized how easy it was to manipulate human emotion. when you study television and news “programming” most miss the keyword in the data onslaught that as a trend will get the herd of whatever countries social mass to think in a certain way.
when you combine it that since post 9-11 we have developed spaces that allow you to live anywhere on the planet with the relative comfort and dependability, off the grid. the one part that is still a bit not ready for prime time unless you are military or govt player is the high-speed communication. I know NASA has some spiffy little dishes that can handle some amazing bandwidth, but at a price that needs to have taxpayer funding.
as long as there is relative peace on the planet, I sense the trend for people continuing to move into urban environments and soon megacities to be the norm. while I see great opportunities for everyone to have a decent space and place to live with what the technology of tomorrow will bring – I still am not sure if there will be more balance in the society, or will it be a few very wealthy folks in the middle and the further out you have the poor? as I age, I am happy with the idea of the lab on a mountaintop, deep in nature, as all the years of research in manipulating human emotions has taught me a few things
a) like the complexity in nature and the human body, we can take on element and alter, change, manipulate. but like modern medicine with all the disclaimers of what might happen if you take the pill, or the unknown effects with genetic modifications, and the turbulent times I see coming with how artificial intelligence will smooth itself out and come to a place to define the levels of chaos to bring the system into a sort of digital equilibrium – the human mind and brain is far more complicated than we can program a code with human hands. it will simply lead to a pattern and space where inside the mega cities we might live in a space of unlimited choices and faux experiences and regress as human beings, being human. wow, that was a load of words, that I wonder if it makes sense to anyone but my own mind
b) humans are emotional, and with beliefs, it is very hard to get people to alter and change from what we surround ourselves in with a group of habits or learned traits. it is why I think there should be a lifelong learning initiative with education that allows for experiential growth to go with the written and rote learning. then again, I can see in the not too distant future, we will simply ask or think something and a devise will take all the effort out of learning anything. what will happen when the power goes out? will people remember how to do the basics anymore?
c) in working with human emotions, you can take racks of equipment (it might one day be a chip in a human), money, and with CGI and coming neural networks and implants take someone on the ultimate 24/7 escapism life. perhaps that is the space I see happening the most in a consumer based society where vanity and the acquisition of stuff is pursued so heavily. I look at Dubai and the trend in other middle eastern countries and think, “yeah, this is nice stuff, but it is being paid for and staffed, not with the locals, but everyone from everywhere else….and forgive me, I am really tired of the scale via license agreements. “let’s put one of our (insert brand) everywhere on the planet! as I age, I think having unique and original ideas is great. what the modern scale of the commodification of the planet allows is a rapid scale where a diluted profit margin happens. I say diluted in that until all the robots come online, the idea of replicating the quality and consistency of many ideas doesn’t really improve. it is the same issue I see in A listed above. it leads to a world where over specialization can happen and you lose the heart and soul of humanity in the equation.
d) escapism. perhaps all the ramble I wrote earlier in this brain flatulence moment comes down to the world of extremes versus a general happy quality of life. if one is always looking to be take out happy, “one day…if only I had…if I could buy this thing…” it is doubtful that joy and happiness will trickle down into the day to day society. we have created a culture that is well educated, yet – how do you get people to do more than watch & get passionate with the reality of life and living, not just surviving?
e) it took the crash of the “you” show idea with 9-11, where we were testing a full immersive system with sight, immersive audio and smell…to bring one back to a place where “live” has a special meaning. I worry that entertainment will soon be a bunch of robots and digital characters, no longer humans, that will act and react with your emotional moods (that was the cool part of you, the audience steered and controlled the show.) what it taught us is that a richer and deeper experience was actually found in walking away from the “play” button and the canned show. there is a value for entertainment in the world, but I think it has gotten out of balance in much the same way that ticket prices, service fee, resort fees and all the other ways to subsidize ones debt load decision have come from. face it, we are creating a few companies that will have immense power in the USA – and the news, entertainment, and message shows no shortage of people turning off the power switch anything soon. yet it is in that turning off the power switch that you can see how off-kilter humanity and the health of human beings in the social construct are heading inside the USA. I don’t see it as bad in other countries, and hope we don’t export this to the rest of the world.
f) I have no idea what I typed, but I think in summation I think that what I have come to admire is someone that has a craft or talent at some skill, as I fear that in the short term future – we will simply have machines doing many things a human simply can’t (look at the control systems that are basic feedback loops today and imagine where they will be in 20-30 years) the reality is that we will continue to push external stimulation on people’s human senses to provide a change in an emotional state, where I wonder how people will manipulate (for good or not so good) purposes other people and take away the beauty of the freedom of choice. not a simplistic choice, but rather the one to say, “hey, reality sans manipulation is fine with me” or “go ahead and inject, implant, strap on, and take what is known as human, and performance enhance me!” my fear with the latter is the question, “what is it to be human?” while all the tools and technology will allow one to present whatever image and look to the external world – what will happen to our hearts, souls and the ability to love something beyond “self?”
that was some odd sprouts of ideas…I sit here with plants, people, places and spaces and am working one the future that can happen today, and in about 25 years I will hear like the new las Vegas “sphere” arena that was unveiled yesterday, the press calls it “new” or a “game changer” and in some respects, it is pretty spiffy and cool – yet, instead of using the same ideas for getting people to spend money, ingest something, and/or provide a data link where they can put a stream of perpetual selfies on the internet or the giant screen…how would one use that to change people in a good way?
I guess that is where the "you" and "illusion" shows we did could come in. one was a touring version, the illusion show was a slick and very expensive “sphere” environment – that allowed technology to interact…yet, if we were to call the folks with the Las Vegas show with an idea, we would call the new show, “we” as it would take all the things we learned in how you manipulate a human being, provide a shared experience with deeper meaning that “look at the new toys we made!”
interesting times, and forgive my mind today…this is what it is like most days. I realize that I have taken as much of my time that I felt was stolen with everyday travel, chores, and things and figured out a way to live/work in a space that allows for people the freedom and optimal conditions to thrive in. the odd part is I look at a lot of society and realize many are happy with what is, as it it…the decision to change usually is met with too many obstacles and barriers to breakthrough.
if you keep pushing in those times, the experiential ride you live, makes anything you can pay to see, experience or be entertained seem to fall short of reality.
truly interesting days here…people, plants, places and spaces. tis amazing what one can do, and what will be possible with the quality of life. I just don’t know how humans will use it all. I pray for the betterment of humanity.
now back to some coffee…how did this start? a quote about women and coffee that made me laugh. always laugh…even at yourself, life will be less stressful.