Peter Diamandis: Technology is Dissolving National Borders
Renowned futurist Peter Diamandis, the author of “Abundance – the Future is Better Than You Think” and founder of the XPrize and the Singularity University, thinks that technology is rapidly dissolving national borders and enabling new global citizenship options.
We can live and work globally as citizens of the blue planet shown in the image above, taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts on December 24, 1968.
Technology Disrupts and Dematerializes Residency, Language, and Currency
More and more people – I am one of them – are already able to live somewhere and work somewhere else. The very concept of working in a physical place is fading out – my workplace is the Internet.
“Today I use telepresence robots to telecommute around the globe, attend an XPRIZE meeting in India, or if I’m overseas, pop home for breakfast or dinner with my kids.”
He uses the Beam telepresence technology developed by Suitable Technologies, which allows a remote operator to drive a wheeled robot with a display unit for the operator’s head video feed. Via the robot, the operator can walk around, meet people, and interact with them in realtime.
For those who can’t afford a personal robot, cheap but advanced Virtual Reality (VR) dematerializes the workplace.
[T]he biggest impact on dematerializing nationality will come from development of fully immersive, high fidelity, virtual worlds. Virtual workplaces you plug into using VR gear to interact with other virtual workers (perhaps even A.I.’s) on a daily basis.
Good-bye brick-and-mortar office. Upcoming VR interface technologies with full 360-degrees immersion, such as the Oculus Rift, will permit people from around the world to “beam” into the same environment and work cooperatively.
As far as language is concerned, Google Translate does a good offline job already. In the future, Skype will translate your words in near-realtime while you are video-Skyping someone else on the other side of the planet. At this moment, Skype’s “Live Translate” serves English/Spanish translations.
Coming to currency, we will see a shift away from national currencies toward global cryptocurrencies independent of local political conditions and turmoil. Decentralized, unregulated cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin make it much easier to trade and transact globally.
We live in the most exciting time ever. In my mind, a borderless world will be a more creative, lucrative, healthy, and frankly, exciting one.
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