Consumer culture has made us too accustomed to getting only what we want, no more and no less. Experiences are atomised into their component parts, the extraneous excised in an attempt to maximise the impact of the parts we prefer, with no thought to how their context changes them. But if you only ever get what you know you already want, serendipity is denied and the richness of experience is reduced to the button-pushing delivery of crude hits of fun, excitement, novelty or reassurance, often consumed in the private bubble of home or headphone.
Somewhere in an alternate universe, the Earth 2 version of me is typing this article on a brand new Commodore Amiga sipping from a can of Crystal Pepsi when his Palm Pre 4 buzzes with a new CU-SeeMe video call.
Smartphone of the future will be in your brainCNNBut what will the smartphones of the future look like? CNN's artists imagine ... Stewart Scott-Curran. In five years, the Patent Wars are over and Apple emerges victorious.
"Everyone's got a phone now and the phone is getting smarter and smarter, the phone's getting smaller and smaller, children have them now, so what you're seeing is the development of a prosthesis," Morrison said, explaining phones were evolving alongside humans and slowly merging the two into one. He also cited Stephen Hawking's brain-computer interface as helping speed transhumanism, seeing both things as the beginning of a way of life that would turn humanity into a literal network identical to technological networks, erasing war and all barriers by interconnecting the human race.