It was way past three am and I couldn’t sleep. Every time I closed my eyes images of digital landscapes filled my mind. Everything was digital and a representation of what existed in the real world, but it was hard to know, I hadn’t seen the real world in years.
Everything was filtered, in the olden days they called it augmented reality, but today it was something all together different. There was so much data, it was often hard to comprehend what was right infront of my eyes. A building wasn’t just a building, it was a world of context.
The next morning, walking into the subway station the walls were covered with digital signatures, my ‘friend’ Josh had passed through here a couple of hours ago. He was on his way to work, the digital footprints he left suggested that he was in a rush and didn’t have time to officially check-in. There are also route-maps and schedules at every turn, sometimes they are even predictive ….. ‘The Red Line is running slow today, YOU should consider an alternative route….. we suggest you take The Blue Line to Watson St. and then transfer …’
Once I saw this strange painting, it was a skyline of sorts with vivid monochrome textures, it was on the wall of some club I visited. Since then its been in my favorites list and has started showing up in my display. Its always in a awkward location or just out of full sight, but it’s there, just like those ads for Coke-a-Cola Classic.
Mike’s update has made a real different, everything looks more fresh.
I’ve never been to Watson St., so instead of transferring back to The Red Line I head up to the surface to take a look around. The sun is bright and it reflects off of the buildings, they appear white in my display. Data is starting to be filled in. There is a massive note on the building across the street, it’s where my dad worked before I was born. Slowly the building gained color as context was built on top. There were pathways leading to restaurants based on suggestions gained through insights from the last few restaurants we met at. My display informs me that I haven’t called him in a couple of weeks, his various contacts are scrolling across his old office building.
The building next to it is getting more meaningful, it was the scene of a bank heist almost 30 years ago, it was also where one of the movies on my favorites list was filmed.
I turn to look down the street but am notified via a massive stop sign on one of the buildings ‘You have a meeting with the CEO in 30 minutes, given current traffic conditions and your alternative route, please returning to the subways now.’
Turning slowly some of the building gain color as their insights are downloaded to my headset, being a new location they hadn’t yet been cached. I take a few steps and head back underground, almost as soon as I reach the track a subway pulled in and my headset informs me ’20 Minutes Till Meeting’.
Stepping inside, my display lights up. Apparently someone in the cart is connected to me through work, slowly his company profile is loaded up and the display asked if I want to ‘Initiate a Connection?’ I browse his profile and discover his rank is significantly lower then mine. The official policy is: don’t help lower class employees gain access to upper level executives without a ‘legitimate’ reason. I select ‘no’ and the profile is removed from my display.
I arrive at my station and get another warning ’7 Minutes Till Meeting, No Time For Coffee.’