Look around you. You are in a transition. We are all in a transition. It may be a form of evolution but it is continuous, visible, steady change.
You are becoming digital. Everything around you is becoming digital. It may be the only way we can survive in the future…a future that is still some years away. You will continue to use less and be less analog (built of atoms) and increasingly be and use more digital (built of electrons and photons and possibly even quantum particles).
Since our laws are currently based on our mostly analog world, we need to quickly start to think about what the digital world needs in terms of a legal system.
How we interact and function as a society must be reviewed and incorporated into our digital world.
Our economic system must be able to support and sustain our digital world as well.
Wealth was converted into digital through banks, exchanges, securities and the removal of the gold / silver reserves. We are merely holding a digital representation of our wealth (which thanks to manipulators on Wall-Street can be totally untrue). Our house, car, books, scrapbooks, trophies and other possessions are among the few vestiges of our analog world but as we become more digital so will these. We like analog for the reason that it is so immediate, visible and real. The challenge of the digital world is to reproduce this immediacy, visibility and reality.
Data was converted into digital. Computers in the 50’s to today have found new ways to manage everything at nearly the speed of light.
Pictures, video, music, energy, light are all represented by electrons or photons (massless) and provide a variety of representations of this future we are moving toward.
Printed material consume tremendous amounts of atoms. Needlessly, these atoms are consumed to transport information more readily available in digital form. Fewer pages will be printed and more information will be available for electronic consumption. The devices for providing digital information will improve and more widely available.
Our analog world (in a raw state) should be preserved as long as possible. It will provide us comforts and satisfy our needs until we become fully digital. Digital representations of materials and a method to touch and feel them will be developed to replace our analog desire.
A portion of our brain is analog and a portion of our brain is digital. It will be interesting to observe, over time, how the brain deals with the conversion of our world. Whether the brain will adapt or change as the surroundings change is to be studied and investigated.
What it means for you and I to become “digital” is hard to imagine… but it is imagination that will get us there.