Inside my bedroom, the white wall was crawling with “beetles” that emitting a soft, orange glow. These robots were about the shape and size of mice that gently scrub the walls clean. As I thought of how to change their color to pink, these beetles started to emit a pinkish glow. Realizing that they can read my thoughts, I commanded the lights to dim. Outside the room, a multi-segmented “snake” robot slid past, taking environmental sensor readings and checking for any fires.
I thought of contacting a friend. As I called up a picture of her to my mind, I visualized a place to meet. Instantly I was with her in the garden under the tree that I visualized. Every breeze, word and object was as real to me as it was in reality. I was stunned: this was just like magic.
My friend told me that there were also many people using the same server as us, and yet we will not be able to see them. I requested to see how this system worked, and she told me to close my eyes and open it after a second.
When I opened my eyes, I found myself at the Niagara Falls. There was a huge crowd of people all over the place. A young couple sat perilously on a small tree hanging from a cliff. Many people were levitating in mid air. Some sat chatting with their friends on the edge of the waterfall.
My friend waved her hand, and suddenly, all the people disappeared. I realized that each person could have the entire world to himself or herself in virtual reality, in any manner that they chose. They could share fantasies, memories and dreams effortlessly.
I saw a spaceship docked to an asteroid. Within it, a young couple was building a home for their new friend from Africa. The microscopic robots embedded in the wall of their spaceship was digesting the asteroid and creating a new spaceship.
This used the same technology as the mini-factory. About the size of a wardrobe, it could manufacture almost any desired item from daily life. Simply go to the Internet to download a blueprint of anything you like. Throw some rubbish and asteroid fragments inside. The machine will then construct the desired item at the molecular level. There was no need for the money, shops or factories of the early 21st century.
The above are possible comments from the perspective of a new visitor to Humanity’s space civilization.
The successor to the Internet hosts massively distributed databases that function much like the Wikipedia in early 21st century, providing the totality of all human knowledge and technology free to everyone. With their survival assured by technology and computer automation taking care of mundane chores, people could volunteer full-time to be product designers, robot programmers, galactic explorers, scientists, child guardians and more. Personal armies of supercomputers and microscopic robots backed every individual with the power and resources of a mammoth organization in the early 21st century.
This is a world of peace, diversity and open disclosure. It must be, for everyone held God-like powers and could potentially destroy the entire human civilization with the technology available in their home. Yet the idea of committing such terrorism was unthinkable and unnecessary.
Personal factories fulfilled almost all material needs. Virtual reality provided fully immersive entertainment, adventure and education superior to physical experience. There no longer existed any need to attack or hurt another being to obtain whatever people desired. If they wanted to have the experience of harming another person, virtual reality can allow them to do that as many times as they like without actually harming anyone.
Virtual Reality Education
In the future that I saw, babies stay in a technology free nursery where they familiarize themselves with their physical bodies and learn to manipulate objects in their physical environment. After they have sufficient mastery of the physical world and their body, they go to kindergarten where they enter a limited version of virtual reality. Here, they familiarize themselves with life in different bodies – human, animal and fantasy bodies.
They also learn how to mold the virtual reality environment, such as materializing, moving and altering objects using their thoughts. They explore and experience their senses in this environment. A few months of training later, they begin freely expressing themselves with their very own “mindscapes” and sharing these with other people.
After graduating from kindergarten, they enroll in the “Experiential School of Humanity”, whose curriculum traces the evolution of Humanity from nomadic individuals to tribes to city states to the Industrial Age to the Space Civilization.
In this school, students learn by experiencing history. Before starting a new level, students sit down with their guardian-teachers and review the different kinds civilization, characters and challenges that they wish to experience. They enter their chosen civilization in Virtual Reality in an induced dream state to live as the characters they sought to learn from, forgetting that their experiences are false so that they can enter their character fully.
To learn about the Theory of Relativity, they can become Albert Einstein. To learn about warfare, they can fight as generals and foot soldiers in the wars ranging from Roman times to modern Iraqi. They can experience tribal life and live among the people of the various ancient civilizations. They can try out different careers in the industrial 20th century. They can participate in the design and building of the Space Cities before Humanity’s Great Migration.
By the time they graduate from school, they would have lived as rulers and slaves, as rich merchants and filthy beggars, as the conquerors and conquered. They would have worshiped many different religions and died many times fighting for different ideologies and leaders. They would have experienced life living in different cultures, as different races, speaking different languages.
Having experienced the Big Picture of Humanity’s evolution, they vow never to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors again. World Peace shall reign forevermore and Heaven shall come to Earth.