Thanks to www.io9.com I have been exposed to Matt Staggs manifesto on a new science fiction genre he calls “GreenPunk”. Taken from “SteamPunk”. His followers rally on the several books already in circulation that meet most of his requirements. My favorite, and least well known, is “Ecotopia” by Ernest Callenbach.
1. PASSION 2. WORK 3. FOCUS 4. PUSH
5. IDEAS 6. IMPROVE 7. SERVE 8. PERSIST
I’ve always wanted to dip into a piece of my mind and extract information at will. “Perfect your memory” someone could say. I’m talking about the power of Google but in your own mind regarding parts of your own life.
Imagine every face, every conversation, every person you’ve met in passing all accessible as if it had just happened. As technologically connected as we’ve allowed ourselves to become this is something that will most certainly come to pass. I personally carry a cell phone that is several times more powerful than my first computer and they’re coming out with faster smaller ones as I type.
At what point is the data collection process going to be up to par with the data retrieval process. Honestly after you are done “tagging” your images with the pertinent data and your casual conversations recorded and perhaps even dictated as though you have a stenographer in your pocket, how hard would it be to have that data at your fingertips?
Standing in line to purchase a cup of tea at a local shop you see someone reading a book that you are fond of. You strike up a conversation about the person, you agree this author is quite the thinker. You volley names (recorded), the strangers face is captured with the pen camera you have in your pocket, nothing intrusive as he is likely doing the same to your mug. You exchange career info (recorded) and find that you have some link there as well (recorded).