A new direction: If reality isn’t good enough, change it

In 2025, in what ways will you change your everyday life when you can control your reality?


How many “constructed digital realities” would you like? What about realities that are more fun, dynamic, artistic, sexy, visionary, informative or simply “cooler” than the one “physical reality” we’ve always had?

“Teleportal processing” can replace backgrounds by blending in people, live places, stored digital content, buildings, data, ads or anything else you can digitally access, retrieve, create or assemble. This turns our screens’ backgrounds into a broadcast stage, with capabilities many creative imaginations can use to transform the ordinary into their own visions and versions of reality.

That imagination could be yours, and you could broadcast it from your fixed, mobile or remote devices. Or it could be any constructed realities that you try out on your screens, then choose to discard or keep, or switch to new ones when you want.

Rather than top-down guidance, these give us the freedom to represent reality in the ways we choose. Then switch between our favorites anytime we want something different.

Here’s examples that might be designed, run and broadcast for everyday use — so you can switch your “world” as often as you choose:

Art and music realities: Artists and musicians can add overlays to locations, adding sculpture gardens, static artworks, dynamically moving artworks, re-decorated buildings, interactive digital responses, musical themes, stingers, singers, songs and surrealism to numerous locations. If you’re creative, what’s your digital calling card? With the numbers of tech-savvy artists and musicians today, daily life could be transformed from ordinary to extraordinary.

A living, natural restored reality: Environmentalists could use transformative tools to GPS a location, identify its natural plant and animal species, then overlay a fully restored scene over that current physical location — so it appears natural and healthy. These could periodically switch, clarifying the difference between nature and how we live.

Graffiti and comic realities: Graffiti and comic book artists, and edgy musicians, can dynamically add overlays or substitutions, transforming the world with their divergent creativity. Instead of the same-old places, redecorate daily!

Constructed events realities: With processing constructed events can be broadcasted. Did you know the President is digitally visiting your daughter’s elementary school right now and will read its classes children’s stories? Watch it live, here and now!

Alerts realities: What kinds of alerts would people actually want to interrupt them, so they could see something live? Sound-triggers can broadcast devices’ cameras and microphones: Babies laughing (anonymously) would attract millions, as well as great advertisers. Guns firing could attract those attracted by crimes, domestic abuse, firearm accidents, political repressions and firefights in war zones around the world. Lots of reality there, no?

Celebrities realities: Identity-based realities can jump to sightings of celebrities on face recognition “white lists.” Audiences could choose the actors, musicians, sports stars and others they want.

Superhero / sports heroes / cartoon heroes realities: Use digital resources or extract “super heroes” and sports heroes from different types of movies, TV shows, recorded sports events, comics or other sources. What could be better than Homer Simpson sitting next to you to make a meeting interesting, or Spider Man hanging out on the conference room wall? Perhaps having your favorite wide receiver catch a pass behind the email you’re answering.

Healthy / Overstuffed realities: Reshape the people in a place by digitally slimming them so they’re all height/weight proportionate. Alternatively, inflate or distort everyone so they’re comically parodied. Either way, isn’t making everyone equal the right thing to do?

Militarized / Demilitarized realities: Use digital resources of uniformed military and police, and their vehicles. Blend them into locations to make them look like police states. Or alternatively, remove police from locations where they are normally positioned, or put flowers in their guns and on their police cars, to make it look demilitarized.

Surveillance realities: Display “monitored” notifications on all screens using real government agency logos, with popup alerts at the electronic actions they record and track. (Oh no, this is reality!)

Privacy realities: For those who want public digital privacy, they could put themselves on “privacy lists.” Face recognition would trigger face distortion so when they’re in public their appearance is covered up in camera views and “constructed digital realities.” Who is that masked man?

Scientific realities: Expand your life with scientists’ imaginations. Sit inside the center of a star, shrink so small you see atoms and molecules move and bond, travel to see galactic rotations, ride the water flow during a dam collapse, eliminate a fundamental physical constant like gravity, or simply live in the worlds beyond your five senses.

Dystopian / Utopian realities: A variety of ideals may be dynamically visualized and overlaid on everyday places to show what they would be like if each of those ideals came true — or failed. Like the gap between our hearts and some of our neighborhoods.

In the midst of an Expandiverse, new businesses can rise in order to create the visual and contextual elements of a myriad of digital realities. They will create “live” and dynamic backgrounds, which can be automated or selected manually. The user — yes, you, a real person — will simply decide who and where you want to be. A ready-made inventory of options can be presented, ready to enjoy. It’s as if you can have your own permanent green-screen world.

Sophisticated business systems are part of these constructed realities, because larger audiences are worth more. The most popular constructed realities can be well funded, widely distributed and socially shared — new competitors to the physical world’s monopoly over reality.

Wouldn’t you love it if, right now, your world was a truly creative place rather than being GPS-guided turn-by-turn through the lawyer-certified safe routes — one where the landmarks are pre-decided and pre-interpreted by marketers. Maybe that’s why today’s world keeps instructing you to follow the route by the fast-food sponsors’ restaurants.

In your future you could, indeed, decide your worlds will be far more interesting, artistic, musical, punk’d or snarky — worlds where you merge entertainment and life in whatever imbalances make you happy.

And tomorrow, when your worlds are what you decide, what kinds of realities will you want to create and live in then?


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