It’s got me thinking about what role the planet itself will play in the technological and magical Future Wonderverse that could become our present soon enough. We will learn to efficiently utilize the myriad resources available. Our future is one of existence within and throughout the cyclic nature of the planet and its systems. Gone is our imposition of a linear mode of being upon a circular system. The planet itself is a supercomputer; we are all connected (through our peripheral devices and direct psychic links to the Internet). The Internet is now worldwide, superimposed as another layer in the planet’s existent strata: lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, electrosphere (meaning all data and information transmition, the Internet and its psychic links), and noosphere. We can connect and disconnect as we wish. There are those who will choose to remain connected always; there are those who will choose to not connect. Augmented reality is now simply, reality. Data sets existing on top of data sets existing on top of reality. Layers and layers of differing filters redefining and re-contextualizing our interactions with our environments from one moment to the next.
Gaia is now GAIA[Sys] – a self aware entity, a facilitator of Universal Communication. Mandala OS is the Universal Application that translates the needs and desires between the humans and various animal species, between people, and between all inhabitants of Earth and Gaia itself. Communication is restored; we have learned what questions to ask and how to listen.
The cities themselves have been transformed into focal points of positive, restoring energy for the planet and its many biomes. Agricultural goods produced in an urban setting now account for 75% of a metropolis’ consumption of food stuffs. Skyscrapers and other buildings become energy production centers, or exist “off the grid” completely. Towers collect resources [solar, water, wind, geothermal where possible] and disperse them to surrounding structures. Vertical gardens may be erected in various places throughout the urban environment, providing concentrated areas of resource propagation. This, in concert with dispersed nodes of production at the community level, will provide the basis for a re-tribalization of society. Abandoned and disused buildings and sites are rehabilitated and revived through creative recycling. No longer a wasteful society, we instead “maximize the amount of energy embodied in a system”.
Through close observation of natural energies and flow patterns efficient design systems have been developed. This has become known as Natural Systems Design.
Globalization based upon these self-sufficient Resilient Communities has not yielded the soul destroying monoculture that many feared in the first part of the twenty first century. Instead, sustainable living and other nodes of permaculture that have permeated all aspects of life give rise to information rich, multi-story polyculture systems. Welcome to Earth; welcome to Gaia. Welcome to the future. Welcome to now.