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future cities (die email von herrn paul gibts spaeter)
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- Date: Tue, 22 Oct 1996 18:56:25 +0100
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In Sachen elektronische Mirtgliedsantraege etc:
>But the domestic lifestyle is also going to change with all
>these internet,virtual reality and other inormation technology -
>isn't it? And the design of future housing will also be influenced
>by that change.Can anybody comment on this? Is any work going on
Let's indulge the fantasies of the digerati for a moment, and see
First off, there's the wonder of embedded intelligence. Now, it is no
longer the VCR that is incomprehensible - in this Jetson world,
*everything* is incomprehensible. And forget solid user interface -
If you've mislaid the controller (or the thought police have
deactivated your ApplianceNet account) you're hosed.
On the plus side, however, the whole of your bijou Chiba City home
can be controlled by a remote palmtop from Lagos, via a direct
satellite link. [Of course, when the Vladivostock mafia won't release
the catch on the dishwasher until you transfer half a million
e-credits to an unmarked mailbox on an anonymous remailer, it becomes
something of a pain - but let the intelligent agent from Interpol
worry about that.] Here, in the home of the future, you can
painlessly transfer your laundry from the washer to the dryer by drag
and drop (but avoid the recycler!). The microwave, thoughtfully
networked to the 'fridge, can be reconstituting an e-pizza in
seconds. And don't forget the humble freezer! But how could you?
Granny's in it...
Fancy a spot of DIY? Nanobots are painstakingly recreating a Roman
atrium in the discourse room - from the latest post-modern
archeological theories. Don't worry though - it's clearly signed
'site under construction'.
Down in the entertainment parlour, holograms of Bruce Willis and Rock
Hudson (how do they do that?) are slugging it out. Young TestosteRon
loves this - he's already chalked up his fifty-first kill of the
morning, and that's without the neutron gun he got for his fifth
birthday. Upstairs PheroMonia and her chums are having a slumber
party - slumbering this time with a party of virtual bikers through
their total immersion suits (typical bloody teenagers!).
But I'm going to have to go. Microsoft Laboratory (TM) has just
synthesized this morning's batch of n-amityl-butyl-diethyl-aminizide
- and it's going to be a crazy afternoon!