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It’s 21 April 2018, and I am watching the 7.00PM Australasian News on the screen on the side of the Microwave Oven in the kitchen. Long-time newsreader Juanita Phillips finishes the news bulletin with a flood warning for the Hawkesbury and Hunter Rivers and most of the Rivers in the North Coast Region of NSW. So far April 2018 has been the wettest April in recorded history. As Juanita finishes the news, I finish my dinner.

After dinner, I pick up my m-folio off the table – the folio is the size of a credit card; I touch the top of it and it unfolds into an A4 pad and looks like a book page. An options screen appears on it. I can:

With the opened m-folio, I then move to the E-Space – a room with nothing in it except a comfortable chair in the centre of it.

I sit down on the chair, and then squeeze the “My-Media” disk sitting in the palm of my hand. Three walls in the E-Space suddenly come alive as the nano-paint activates into screens. In March 2018, I upgraded the E-Space so that the walls could project images into the space as part of a 3D system.

As I am a regular 7.30 Report watcher, one screen offers me the following options:

I select the 3D option. Three walls project images that set up a 3D hologram of the 7.30 Report studio about 2 metres in front of me.

James Chen is the presenter of this long-standing Australasian show. Feature stories tonight include:

Throughout the 7.30 Report I can zip out to supporting content on each of the stories and join story-communities to discuss and create further material related to the stories. I can also leave the E-Space and go back to the space and resume viewing if necessary.

At 7.56pm my m-folio alerts me that my son, who is working in London, is calling me. I take the call in 2D, as the full 3D phone-call service is not yet available in my area. Fortunately my m-folio is “MP6 compatible” which means that I can receive 3D video of his friend’s recent 21st birthday party. He then “e-mits” the 3D file to my m-folio – which then through a connection to the E-Space, I can play some 3D footage from the party.

I wish I could have been there, but the price of air-travel has tripled since 2010 and London is so crowded that Tourist Congestion Surcharge Fees of over 500 Euros per person were introduced in 2014. New York, Rome and several tourist cities introduced these fees in 2015-16. Sydney is holding out but these fees are up for consideration in 2019. Still at least Video Coverage is now good enough to feel like that we’re almost there with the folks at the party.

At 8.30pm, I tune back into Future-Space – this service was established in 2012 based on an idea followed up from the 2020 Summit in 2008, where we could all join social media communities to discuss and develop future ideas for the future. Future Space became a great melting pot for lots of ideas – although we’re still to see of most of those will ever be implemented and in what form. Someone even suggested the other day, that maybe there should be a new forum to be run in Canberra – the 2030 Summit. Was that Canberra, the place or the place?

At 9.00pm, it’s time for that Auzzie soapie “Broken Bay”, based on those lucky families and friends enjoying life living, loving and surfing in Byron Bay. The show started in 2010, presenting an idyllic world on the North Coast of NSW – and it became a global hit in 2011. These days Byron Bay is almost a suburb of the Greater Gold Coast City – but the show has great stories and widespread appeal – and we do love to jump into those global chats about the show. The Broken Bay Experience is great where can jump into a 3D space and feel like we really are walking through Broken Bay – or is that Byron Bay?

At 9.45pm after watching the show and having a global chat I tune into ABC Digital 2 for a simulcast with ABC Digital Radio National 1 to see a discussion on emerging mental illness associated with people spending extended time watching 3D Television. Opponents of a full 3D TV service cite rising mental illnesses associated with children and teenagers spending extended times within interactive games. The problem emerged around 2007 and became a serious national health issue in 2011. Guidelines covering recommended “game immersion times” were released in 2012, and there seemed to be a plateau in reported cases in 2012-2015. However, opponents believe that these guidelines have yet to be updated and tested for a full 3D Web and TV environment. I switch in and out of a range of supporting statistics, graphs and other supporting material for this discussion.

At 10.30pm, I switch across to “UK-Drama Classics” in 2D to view the first episode of an old favourite “Life on Mars”. It’s about Sam Tyler who somehow managed to go back from 2006 to 1973. As Sam wakes up in 1973, I briefly muse about what it might be like to be in 2018 and to wake up in 2008.