Tuesday, November 3, 2009
One day avatars will rule the Net : they'll take over social networking sites, allowing their human creators to be engaged in more leisurely pursuits, like video gaming or mini golf. Immortality will be guaranteed while solar and wind power, will keep the huge datacenters that make up the Net running.
Huge corporations will assure that every avatar will spend a considerable amount of cash on virtual stuff and the tidbits that keep their human personas happy and comfortable, robots will take care of things and everything will run smoothly as never before.
Outsiders will live in forgotten areas, where energy will be scarce, life will be very much like it was in most of the 20th century, but that’s where all the adrenalin dependents will be, also new ideas and glorious avatars will come out of this, like beautiful fish from muddy ponds, the Corporations will not let them go to waste and through their net of spies, they will clone them and paste them to the Net, per omnia saecula saeculorum, harmless, juiceless.
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It’s funny how American commercial cinema has an eye for this things, in The Surrogates, humanoid “bots” live life in our place, as us so to say, they take all the risks, they are the projections we want others to see of us, as usual on American commercial movies the plot is thin and wild chases and big explosions take its place for the rest of the movie. But the idea remains, we all know - Iraqis and Afghans in their flesh, that today war is mostly fought by droids, it’s not difficult to anticipate that tomorrow they’ll take more and more functions away from humans.
You can still go to the mall, have your friends over to the weekend barbecue and at the same time be engaged in a war thousands of miles away. Ah, and it’s a videogame that pays your monthly bills…