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A Day in 2018: #15

Categories: General, Stories Composed by OTB Participants
Date: 30 April 2008

6.00am – Alarm Clock – Wake up

Free-to-Air Radio Broadcast, using terrestrial or other digital distribution media. Listen to News – 10 mins on Radio National. One assumes / hopes there will still be a vibrant form of government funded public broadcasting. Who knows?

6.10am – Check tides, wind and weather

Click on favourites button – tides and weather – local, on flat screen connected to server touch-sensitive screen. Alternatively, it downloads at that time ready to check.

6.15am – Surfing Tamarama – Bronte

7.00am – Breakfast: Listen to AM early show

Free-to-Air Radio ABC or [PNN] News Network. Programmed to my preferences to deliver news for example in the following priority order: International News; National News; State News then preferences to the key areas of that time so that news is delivered using a pre ordered delivery in priorities pre-determined and information focus pre-determined. Sometimes it would be a random selection.

7.30am – Bicycle to work

It is hard enough staying alive on a bicycle in the Eastern Suburbs, checking out other people’s bikes, reaching my PB for the week, let alone concentrating on media.  My partners however all listen to news and radio on the bikes.

8.00am – Arrive at work: shower, make coffee

Exaggerate with reckless abandon to work-mates about the surf or ride in, compare notes about previous night’s news and events. No media.


Initial review of emails, client network hubs, work related social network sites, review media files, check and review daily electronic do – list, update automatically all files & information into a both random & predefined user database arranging information into categories, sub categories, priorities, work related, boards, committees, pro bono, and other activities.

Computer, server, screen, computer software, others. I assume there will be a number of servers in series which handle all of the work. I do not envisage storing anything in local memory on a hard drive. There may be a levelling out of interface software where there is more Creative Commons style licensing and user generated Open Source style operating and access software. This will be an interesting development to watch. Follow Lessig and others in this area.

8.30am – 7.30pm

Usual working day: reviewing time coded film and television program excerpts sent by client off client’s server for legal clearances, defamation and legaling

Assessing potential new media product to secure distribution principally by aggregators of media. Listening to soundtrack and new music files for representation to music and entertainment related aggregators.

Reviewing manuscript checking for defamation prepublication check. Drafting agreements Drafting opinions on breach of Notice of Termination. Reviewing legal publishing updates. Researching case law & legislation changes.

Download from servers to my screen. Do not save as this will no longer be necessary as all files will be available on servers accessed by managed databases.

This is anybody’s guess in 10 years time. I imagine given current trends that most material will be user generated content on ISPs servicing interactive media, users and user listeners. The distinction between owner, author and user will be more fluid and possibly less important. Most material will be tagged with DOI and the payments and rights clearances will be managed by DOI licensees.

This will all be done on screen and readable directly by client at the same time. Client materials will be shared via access system, so that there is no need for hard files. All governed by access codes. Hand held electronic readers (like the IBM models) may allow annotations and comments to be shared electronically with clients on real time on client restricted parts of server.

7.30 – 8.00pm – Ride home

8.00pm – Drink Beer

8.30 – 9.00pm – Prepare food

Listen to Music using the BML system. This system, currently available in beta form, allows user to pre-program all music he/she wishes to use and listen to. User will select by category, classification and many sub categories. No storage as all stored on Server of supplier. The limiting factor in music is the quality of the reproduction (bit rates) size and therefore bandwidth. I will still keep the LP analogue player. I assume CD’s are nearly dead in the water . Super bit rate is not likely to save the medium. Amplifiers will be digital, but I will still use valve as they are smooooooth. Speakers will change and will be built in to home entertainment system. Cabling may not be replaced for high end HI FI. However I assume there will be digital access points and higher resolution WI FI for audio and AV. I have just been through all of this in the HI FI area. There are new specialised shops catering exclusively for old style audio HI FI, as digital is not yet there.

9.00 – 10.00pm

Review client materials such as film, music, manuscript. Catch up on news current affairs.

Reviewing manuscripts sitting in a chair with a lamp

I assume screen and device to view is Wi Fi and can be used throughout house. Computer terminal plus screen hooked into surround sound to review client materials. News by pre-selected categories, priorities and sources via computer and screen.

Possibly back lit hand held electronic reader linked to server for annotation and comment

10.30 – 12.00

Study or read for pleasure, or film, theatre etc…

Books, hand held electronic reader back lit using WIFI to cross reference at the touch of a pointing device. All reading research is stored in a personal database searchable under any topic, author, and any other pre-determined field. All material requires no input from reader except to point the pointer as all information will be DOI so that all material will be cross referable. Delivers 2 nips of single malt for every 3 pages read.

Cinema delivered digitally, no more cellulose acetate as a medium. Not sure of audience collective experience of cinema will be replaced? Pay per view will be the norm. See early Oracle business models.
Theatre, unlikely to change. Costs of theatre will rise as they are still labour intensive.