With CES 2018 beginning tomorrow, it makes me think we’re coming up to a forked choice between:
- VR where “reality comes to you” with brands like Zolo offering modified audio reality, and VR headsets and Nebula projector.
- Automated travel, where “you go to reality” where you don’t actually drive but robots do it for you, initially on the ground but eventually in the air. We had robots flying us for most of modern aircraft flying with pilots at critical or exceptional points.
So which would you prefer?
Would you like to:
stay at home with a VR gym and VR trips to other places, with a robot visiting those places and transmitting back to you images, with augmented reality so your friend’s robot visits it to and projects a VR of your friend, as if you both met on holiday but neither physically were proximate?
stop owning a vehicle? Just “Alexa, get me a car” or “OK Google, drive me” and a robotic vehicle pulls up and drives.
stop having suitcases when traveling. You loan clothing and you select your products in a VR so you know what they’d look like, find your favorites, then when you travel a robot in your destination selects pre-cleaned items and has then drone delivered to you and then when you leave to leave the dirty clothes for drone collection and they are cleaned then ready to be loaned by someone else. Imagine not flying with 4 pair of shoes. Imagine how much closet space and landfill space savings. Fashion industy would be totally transformed.
telework more so you do not congest travel to an office but you stay home and collaborate more.
telework less - automated robotic driving removes congestion via them driving at speed much closer to each other so you can work when on the road and you and colleagues delivered to a shared location.
What would you prefer? Discuss!