Monday, 21 January 2013

Running my life

Let's take a glimpse into the future.  In order to do that, let's take a step back into the past.

In the old days (you know, before the internet) someone would send you a bill, then you'd toddle down to the post office or bank and pay it.  You'd go to individual shops and buy your veg, bits of dead animal and bread. 

Now all that's changed - I don't pay my gas, electric, telephone, broadband, tv license.  All those are paid magically by direct debit.  Do I worry about them, or even look at them?  No, they just take care of themselves. 

Shopping - well, that's been made easier too; either it's all in one mega supermarket shop, or I can order whatever I might need from the comfort of my armchair and have it arrive in a van dressed as a grapefruit.  I can order the same groceries that I did last week, at the touch of a button.

So what's next?  Today I have to arrange my social life myself.  I have to get in contact with friends to set up dates to meet on, see what new exciting things are going on and get involved. 
But I'm frighteningly predictable.  Statistically I'm just like everyone else.  Amazon can predict which books I'm going to like, iTunes knows what music I'm going to like - before I've even heard it. 

The next logical step is for something to actually run my life.  It could take a look at what exciting things I could do at the weekend - see whether my friends are busy, check what I can afford, look at how I'm feeling, do a bit of statistics and when I wake up on Saturday morning it could tell me what I should do with my weekend. 
More than that- it will know I'm going to like it.