Pamela McLean and David Pinto: An Exploration of the future through a mixture of fact and fiction.
I can understand your impatience to be started on our journey. I'm bad at packing. I spread out everything that I might need, and struggle to decide what to leave behind. I've seen advice that you should pack half of the stuff you think you'll need and take double the money. I'm sure it's good advice - assuming you can afford to double the money, and that there will be shops…
I'm never really ready to travel. It just becomes nearly time to go - I have to zip up my bags, check that I have the essential paperwork, and hope I've got it more or less right.
Maybe we should have fixed a time to leave. Maybe you won't wait much longer, so maybe I'd better just zip up my bags and trust I've got what I really need. After all, this is a trip into the future. We aren't going to be there alone. Other people will be there too. Maybe they'll help me to get hold of anything I forgot to bring.
In the future maybe some of the constraints we face now won't be constraints any more. Already we see things that seemed fixed tumbling around us. Much that our parents and grandparents accepted and took as unchangeable is long gone.
Many of our tumbling constraints relate to the death of distance, and time-shifting, and what I think of as “fluid walls”. I mean events where “being there” merges with “being involved at a distance” or through something recorded previously - events that are streamed and recorded, where some people contribute via Skype or other video links, where "being there" can sometimes feel like being a studio audience.