An exclusive from the Future

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In the future all will be different. Read the story and see my version of events.

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 Within seconds it grew bigger and accepted the form of a laptop. I was understanding what was going on but couldn't believe my eyes. The cloud before me was like a flock of nano-assemblers- mini robots, equal to the size of molecules, which within seconds created an atom by atom such a complex device like the laptop. Seemingly, the creation process of the laptop was completed because a nice female voice spoke from it:

-Good day, Mr. Evans. Nano-assembling is successfully completed, the nano robots are deactivated and you can safely use your computer. Which operation system would you like to initiate?

Jason pushed few buttons. He noticed my bafflement and began explaining:

-Mankind created the first multi-functional nano robots in 2030. Five years earlier, the first serial products appeared on the market. Of course they were simpler. The laptop, you just saw, was launched a year ago. In fact, the big market boom was in 2052, when a rather small company for nano produce launched the first open platform for development of application, based on its platform with nano assemblers. This allowed to to hundreds of companies in other sectors to create their own products-from PCs to furniture and shoes-liable to nano- assembling. You will be surprised what kind of stuff I have in my pocket right now, under the form of little complexes of nano- assemblers.

- I suppose. I thought in 2012 we reached the peak of mobility-with all these smart phones and tablets. But a laptop as small as a box of matches-I confess I wasn't prepared for this.

-Yes. I can bet the day will be interesting for you-smiled he once more.

After Jason wrote something on his keyboard, he turned the computer off, leaned toward it and said:

-Initiate the packing procedure.

-Procedure initiated-replied almost immediately the female voice and the machine began transforming itself, faster and faster, while I was watching the whole thing, I asked:

-Is the whole information from the computer stored in this little box?

-Ha, ha, no. No one from many years keeps information inside personal devices-everything is stored in data centers and our personal devices just connect themselves to the nearest wireless and through it-to the personal information banks. There is everything-photos, clips, movies, books, music, working archives and everything else necessary.

 

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The PR guy and I filed toward the exit. I didn't ask him why we didn't pay the bill-I just thought he did it somehow without I to notice. Outside, I threw a glance at the table where we were and saw the t the cup I drank from, evaporated before my eyes, clouded in the same flock of nano- assemblers, like the laptop before. I preferred not to think I touched the cup to my lips.

-Can I ask you something?

We were traveling with a little vehicle, whose walls were transparent and the driving was managed by itself, without a real driver.

-If this is really the future, why it is necessary for a press conference to be physical and hundreds of journalists to come to London? I mean, you managed nano- assembling and time travel. How it is possible not to have a technology for video conference?

-We have one. It's not a problem at all. Still in your time, video conferences were already a fact and even today some of the journalists will attend as holograms. But in the time I live in, all people prefer to travel and meet each other live in person. Furthermore, through the last decades, there were numerous innovations in transport and made traveling cheaper, faster and 100 per cent ecological.

-Like this car?

-No, it;s just a taxi-explained Jason.

-But it moves alone!

-Well, it's not that complicated. The source of this technology can be tracked back in time, where you live in-already then, many of the biggest American, Japanese and European automobile companies tested technologies for autonomous cars. As far as the energy needed for that-after the use in the industry of reactors for thermonuclear synthesis, we already can say that the era of dependence on fossil fuels is behind us and mankind guaranteed the needed energy sources for centuries ahead

-Then why I don't see almost no cars in the street?

-Maybe it will be hard for you to find out but in 2060 almost no one wants to have a car.

-But why? I am surprised really I don't see hundreds of modern electro mobiles!

-See, Mr. Stoev, owning a car in your time was a matter of wealth and prestige, while during the last decades people have overcome the need to demonstrate a status among the society. Nobody wants to feel happy, sitting in a pile of metal anymore, driving slowly throughout traffic-jams.

 

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The press conference room was already full of people. A group of journalists were chatting vividly or were sitting and writing texts. Around the people there were holograms that were leading discussions with their real folks. A white-haired middle-aged man welcomed me, shook hand with me and handed me a disc with information for the press and said:

-Mr. Stoev, you have no idea what honor it is for us that a journalist from the past is here!

-The pleasure is mine. What time will the conference begin?

-Maybe in 5 minutes. You can use the time to walk around and meet your colleagues.

That's what I did. Soon, I was leading a conversation with a reporter from the Danish newspaper ''World of Science'' who when realized who I am, began telling me about the everyday life of the journalists in 2060.

-Honestly, I thought newspapers won't survive another decade but look at you-you work for one-shared I.

-True. Print media haven't vanished. They outlived the radio, then TV and there is no reason for them not to outlive the Internet era.

-But comes after the Internet? What are the next channels for access to mass media information that in 2018 weren't created yet?

-Good question. In fact, as far as Internet Protocol remains a leader in exchange of information, I can say that Internet continues to be the leading media today. But there are a number of novelties in the interfaces for access of content. Maybe curious for you would be the brain-computer systems which allow today millions of users to receive information directly on their hands. This is a precious function for us, the journalists and for many other professions, for whose being so mobile informed gives some advantages. We also have in-brain search engines that allow every man to find fast everything necessary but with time the information remained forgotten in the subconscious. Right for this reason I can tell you details which otherwise I wouldn't remember.

-So impressing!

Right? The real shift today is not the channels for access of public information but the way it is create. The big institutionalized media, like the newspaper I work for, hold less than 20 per cent of the media market. The other remaining per cents consist of authors, bloggers, commentators, citizens-activists, as well as different networks and syndicates. All this increases the quality of journalism because the ordinary individuals are placed at the center of the media information. The individual is a creator and consumer of the news and the big corporative media loose popularity more and more with every year.

 

In this moment a voice was heard from the loudspeaker and the auditorium went silent. Four representatives of the company were sitting in front of the table, in the middle of the hall. The one of them broke the silence:

-Hello. My name is Nathan Ward, a speaker of CompFiction. I congratulate all of you who got involved in this press conference which very soon you will convince yourselves it is the most notable event in the technology era during the last few years, maybe decades. A theme of the press conference is a new and historical development our team does more than ten years. It took two years for all the compound parts to be detailed tested and after everything was successfully done, it is my pleasure to tell you the good news- CompFiction created the first in the world completely finished artificial intelligence.

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