If ever the mythic ‘Encyclopedia Galactica’ from Asimov’s ‘Foundation Series’ were to come into existence, it would describe the century number ‘Twenty-One’ as the one where the machines began to speak to humans and to other machines, to begin a different world. Although some credit would be given to the century number 'Twenty'.
It’s morning. You kind of want to wake up, but it’s not critical. Your Virtual Assistant (VA) asks for your brain scan, from an implant planted inside your head (and yeah, don’t say that’s never going to happen). It lets you sleep for sometime more and then calls out to you.
You open your eyes. You look at the wall. The wall is showing the weather outside and is getting brighter every minute – your VA has spoken to the wall. You wake up unable to ignore the light now filling in. You rub your eyes and give your mobile a look. The mobile sees your face and based on your pattern, voices out what might be of interest to you. You instruct your mobile your response and drag yourself into your wash.
The high-def mirror inside your wash takes your picture and splits into two - the upper half showing the picture yesterday. You can decide your look for the day, or ask the mirror to see your looks from times before – the ones where you got maximum likes - yes its integrated with your social platforms completely.
You pick your toothpaste. The toothpaste has the characters ‘25’ and ‘%’ occupying one fourth of its glowing cover and an ad for a dental check based on your teeth condition –your tooth brush checks cavities and the general health of your mouth every day. The rest of your personal care products are similarly packaged in a polymer which can display anything from recommendations, to observations about your skin, to general health, to ads and discounts you can avail, or simply a repeat order request.
Before leaving the wash, you reluctantly ask the mirror to show your health stats. The multiple implants circulating inside your body relay the information required and show a small deficiency in your calcium content. You voice in a request for a set of calcium capsules – your VA takes in that request and your preferred retailer is automatically informed about it – your outsourced medical agent is also sent a copy.
Your coffee is ready and hot – a programmed coffee dispenser, is informed by your VA that your wash is complete and you would be ready and out soon. The coffee mug is made of material that can keep your coffee warm for long, it also knows the exact temperature that you like your it at; it also has a picture of a girl you have been tracking for long on Facebook – her mood sensors status indicate she is not very happy.
You move out of your building apartment, which you had agreed to pay an extra rent for – since Facebook had told you that the people inside the apartment building would have maximum compatibility with you. You get inside your car, which can drive itself, but you decide do it out of pleasure. You drive your way to work. A road on the way recognizes you and knows that you would see it again in the evening, so the road sends you a message that it would be under maintenance in the evening.
You, however, are heading to the airport. You reach there, you can ask your car to drive itself back to your house, but instead you ask it to remain for your evening return. The airport recognizes you and talks directly with your VA. You are cleared for access to the departure gate, which your VA is informed about. Your suitcase is also supplied the code of the plane you are going to take, which helps it navigate its way through the airports conveyor system.
Do you get a hang of what’s happening? You saw a glimpse of it in Minority Report and quite a few of the sci-fi Hollywood movies, but the possibilities and extent of M2M can be staggering. Let’s see we are 7 billion people already multiply that by 5 implants that might be inside each of us; to which you can add 7 Billion*100 for the 100 objects which each of us owns (just an estimate, I did try to count for myself though, I don’t want to reveal that number); to which you can a number for all the roads, airports and all external objects we interact with, which for simplicity sake let me keep it at a 100 billion – trust me not going to make a difference. So we roughly get a number of 840 Billion, let’s take it easy and make it 1 Trillion.
So 1 Trillion chips/machines, you can pick a name will be able to connect each of us together. This number can easily become 100 Trillion to (let’s not go there), depending on what we choose to connect (even our clothes, not to mention to connect a road would mean connecting it with cameras which process us).
To explain the diagram again - implants inside us will be able to measure everything organic about us – measure life. Our personal objects will know all our moods and preferences and choices – our taste of life. All external entities, roads, shops, airports, will know how serve us better and profit from us – life’s value of us.
All our information will be classified either as private - for our use, restricted - for use by some specific friends, or public - for everyone.
So the girl whose mood sensors status indicates she isn’t very happy, could lead to your VA automatically sending her flowers and visuals which might make her happy – and in turn make you happy. On a lighter note we might finally understand woman (no disrespect I am going by movie clichés) and draw statistics and have an app to tell us when next she is likely to be happy – has anyone of you seen the film Addicted to Love?
This will be the M2M world of the future one which we have already entered. I am not a fan of dystopia and I believe human will figure out ways to make our lives much better, much more interconnected, which will result in possibilities that can only be imagined – yeah the butterfly can flap and an hurricane can happen somewhere across the world.
Our lives are most likely to going to be richer, where we can do a search for friends and see which of them are happy or sad, and pick those with whom we want to spend our time with.