New tunes wake me. It’s 6am. The music is new to me and was chosen from analysing my body’s morning brainwaves. It has the desired effect: I’m feeling ultra-calm. A great way to start the day.
My partner is sleeping in today so the music is playing through my ear implant. I get out of our ultra-comfortable bed. It dynamically moulds to each of our bodies and is made from materials that aid sleep (we used tech that matches our health data and personal preferences). Plus the bedding regulates our temperatures. I daresay if I checked my overnight sleep data I’ve had a deep, high quality sleep which is a regular occurrence, on-par with others of similar DNA and age.
The blinds automatically open showing the view and I glance at the superimposed weather and surf forecast for today as I pad into our ensuite. The lights come on at the morning brightness setting. I brush my teeth with a comfortable toothbrush and floss – they’re both designed for my specific mouth conditions and their sensors take another reading on my health. On the mirror, I see there’s only one preventative health measure prescribed (tablets, food or exercise) – there’ll be a slow release Vitamin D supplement in my morning juice.
Being increasingly aware of my health data over the past 10 years has been a blessing and a curse. The past 3 years I’ve actively worked on improving my body’s nutrient absorption, gave up coffee and I’ve increased my bone strength. The blessing is all that comes from better health, the curse is the extra logistics to do what’s prescribed – this is part of the reason we invested in Marta (She’s our house help / robot) and since then, things have been super easy, assisted by ultra-fast home-delivery of such a wide selection of specific foods that are good for our health – raw, pre-prepared or fully-cooked.
I change into workout gear that has the usually sensors and temperature-regulation and head downstairs, saying “Hi” to Marta – she’s preparing our breakfasts. I can hear the kitchen 3D printer creating my Vitamin D supplement.
Popping my slim headset on I see our spare room transform to a workout room with my (virtual) personal trainer. My implants and house sensors accurately track my vitals and workout results. As my workout finishes my favourite beach surrounds me as the environment changes for a guided meditation. The technology has worked out from my current brainwaves, recent moods and today’s schedule that the meditation length will be 9 minutes.
I head into the kitchen ready for Marta’s green juice. She’s just started making my cooked breakfast in our tiny kitchen with it’s few, multi-functional gadgets. Cooking from scratch these days is a novelty with so many accessible, delicious, healthy, quick options. Since the identification of so many health-affecting germs over the past 10 years and home help that can eradicate them real-time with sustainable products, everything on the food front is so easy.
Marta suggests I chat with my cousin who’s free. While I eat breakfast we chat generally then notice the suggested discussion topics on our hologram screens that then strengthen our conversation (recent birthdays, family activities, new health innovations and her recent virtual build of another use for their spare room). At the end of the call I see that my productivity tech picked up a couple of actions we talked about and is already making them happen (namely logistics for our next catch up and booking in time to try out my cousin’s new virtual room that could be useful in our home). It’s great to be in regular contact which is now easier owing to less work hours these days.
After the call, my mobile hologram switches to my fun, daily checks of today’s selections for travel (air/passenger drones and ground/self-driven capsules), clothing and meals. A quick scan has me aware and satisfied. There’s nothing to alter and I’m mindful that my (artificial) assistants are constantly learning and their suggested selections and automated choices are amazingly helpful now both as time savers, productivity enhancement and to free my mind of mundane decisions. I review Marta’s list of suggested actions to have our life running smoothly and agree to most and answer outstanding questions via verbal comment. Marta receives this information immediately and starts working on it while she’s sorting the washing.
I pad upstairs to our wardrobe and see today’s outfit suggested by my stylist. She’s had such a fast knack of finding great clothes that are ultra-comfortable, made of sustainable fabrics (my tech identified I’ve a sensitivity to certain dyes), and incorporate useful new tech. She’s cleverly integrated tech and data to complement her work skills and experience. She’s based in Tel Aviv.
Her process starts by her tech analysing (pretty much) the world’s outfits based on my measurements, my personal and health data (including my skin toning) as well as all of my data on the internet (much of this shows my preferences for style and lifestyle). It then gathers 1,000 outfits and as you skim through the first 20 many are discarded with respect to what you don’t like. – saying what you do and don’t like – it has worked out a wardrobe. I particularly like the colour pallets, the consistent geometric tailored necklines with a hint of femininity from the 20’s, and that every outfit has a pocket (I remember a time when women’s fashion didn’t). Over the following three weeks and then the following seasons, the stylist checks in with suggested tweaks. Now it constantly receives measurements via my sensors and fast communication connections and combines it with a vast database of new clothes and fabrics. She’s saved us time and money as my clothes and wardrobe is actually pretty small and much has been printed at home – including accessories from the library she has installed on our 3D printer.
My clothing style is quickly solidifying. It’s been an enlightening process as I was never that interested in clothes before though my style is now clear and we’ve co-designed unique pieces that work so well that they’re being sold and I gain a small commission. Who knew there were others who wanted similar pieces to me!
I head down to my office where there’s a standup desk with VR 3D sensors around it, and (old school style) a physical A3 sketch pad with a few colourful pens ready to go for jotting ideas. A tea (tailored for concentration) is atop my standup desk. I sip it while I look at today’s list aside my computer. There’s not much to do before my surf this afternoon.
I voice activate my virtual office and the team appears around me. We’re a specialised think tank that finds current and future opportunities for subscribed companies. It’s fast, focused, fascinating and exhilarating work. The team (from Madrid, Yemen, Paris, Boston, Argentina and Melbourne) is a lot of fun. Practical jokes are a regular occurrence. Today we’re scoping the impacts and the opportunities from a potential new piece of software to incorporate through an organisation. If it works for this organisation, we’ll include it as a quick-to-implement bonus report for other relevant customers. We do a quick brainstorm for 30 minutes, then 20 minutes to see how far we can implement / analyse on our own, onto a 20 minute focused debrief with next steps. Dynamic, fun and interesting.
We check in with each other and see what’s happened overnight on other projects and ideas. A new system we suggested for a client has worked well (all implemented by specialised robots). After a high five (that feels real!) and a check in about other plans we say bye, leaving our virtual assistant (robots) to sort out the details of our next meetings and some of the actions we agreed on. I write a few notes, send a few messages to gain more information on a few things, check in with my assistant to answer her questions.
Marta calls out that my transport is here to take me to a new cafe for lunch. It’s 15 minutes by passenger drone. I’ve heard it has the latest tech to integrate personal taste preferences and health data into their menu which is co-designed each day by a local chef, a coastal nutrition expert, and the latest health AI. Marta uploaded my health data and personal preferences this morning.
I enjoy reading the menu in the drone (no mention of onion – yessss!) and the food is on my table when I arrive. It has delicious new taste sensations. I can see into the kitchen and there’s a combination of robots and people working away, making orders that are coming through from people flying in from far and wide.
I read a recent article my (artificial) researcher found for me that may be good for the next research paper I’m working on then an article on an upcoming show we’re seeing at a new pop-up desert theatre. We saw the performance holographically and liked it so much going to see it next week. I’m also excited to stay at the new experiential accommodation overnight where the performance extends after the show finishes.
I head home via passenger drone. Someone that lives near us must be having a roast chicken picnic this afternoon as I can smell it in the back of the drone capsule (it must be going there after me). I fly low to check the surf and there’s a few people out. I reflect on how great it is to travel by drone and that there’s rarely conversation about traffic since the air-channels opened. There’s talk of new regulations to encourage people to do more individual air travel to reduce the need for roads and create more green corridors.
I head to my office for a couple of hours to compile my latest research and writing. I use a combination of spoken word and holographic upright display to see what I’m writing and to edit. I’m interrupted in my work when my brainwaves aren’t firing and break for an uplifting walk. I’ve used my data to refine the way I best work and the walks make a huge different to the depth of my work.
My afternoon surf time is here. Marta has my surfboard and gear at the front door which I pop into the surf transport capsule that drives me to waves. The waves look beautiful – 3ft clean sets. My happiness data will be high this week. As I jog into the surf I voice-activate surfing guidance. As I’m catching waves I gain instruction on slight body movements to refine my form. It feels great.
At home, after a quick change I sit down with a snack (Marta was tracking my health data during my surf) and listen to a newly released book.
My partner arrives home and we enjoy catching up together over the dinner Marta had delivered. Last week for dinners we tried to go ‘just robot’ (Marta) though there were odd flavours a couple of times so they’re tweaking that and in the meantime we’re trying out an international chef’s menuplan that our friends are raving about. It’s through the same system and their quick tweaking of the interface and the food delivered is impressive.
Our talk follows to the weekend when family is coming to stay. We’ve booked the communal tiny-house in our street. It’s setup ready for a family of four to stay. It’ll be a weekend of walks, cooking together and enjoying ice creams. We review Marta’s rough menu plan and make a few updates then leave it out for her tomorrow. She’ll be organising the logistics, ingredients and even hiring things like the pasta maker – it’s just not useful having one around day-to-day.
I comment on the fun of today’s meeting as we watch our food scraps and implements being chewed in the recycling unit. The implements were designed to add lacking nutrients to our worm farm. How cool is that!
We relax on the couches watching a (virtual) view of local waves that calms us both. We’ve turned all the tech in the house off except the view. With a pad and pen we start to design the essentials of our next holiday – 3 weeks surfing in Bali in a few month’s time. With our list, our travel assistant can then build options for us in our virtual travel area and we’ll be able to chose aspects through experiencing them virtually. We’ve heard of a specific location where the surf sounds sweet. I’m really looking forward to seeing what it and the local accommodation experiences look like in current conditions.
As we head off to sleep, I reflect on the 2022 downturn and how much easier life is since the radical changes brought on by tech advancements and how different society and life is these days.