The future

The distractions, the deluge of notifications, the overwhelming amount of information, all these subjects upon which there is so much discussion about dealing with: they are only the beginning.

In a hundred years, we’ll have computer chips embedded in our bodies, integrating us more than ever into the digital world — and the vast network that connects it (a successor to the internet, and the latest of many iterations). The barriers to distraction will be lower than ever; only mental defenses will remain, like focus, discipline and restraint. Instead of a click and some keystrokes, all it will take to access Twitter — or any digital repository — will be a thought. Our brains, with the help of a processor or converter, will be able to interact directly with data and information, without the assistance of any external device.

The transition will be gradual, of course. If started with phones, and other things we use already — glasses, watches, wristbands, clothing. As technology advances, the need for multiple external devices will decrease, as functionality is continuously compounded into smaller, more powerful devices, and eventually into our minds and bodies.

Every surface will be covered in advertisements and information. Touch will control anything not integrated with the chips connected to our minds.

The only solace will be to close our eyes and disable the chip (or enter an electronic-free zone, where the chip will turn off and advertisments will be static, more easily avoided) — unless the chip is performing a function essential to our survival, like regulating or preventing a mental disease, in which case it can never be off. (A rare few will reject the integration of chips, like those today who believe they don’t need the internet.)

For matters of the mind, the line between organic and digital, natural and artificial, a line that is already blurring, will be functionally irrelevant.

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