I finally slept. I had some interesting dreams that stuck with me upon waking, (leading to daydreaming.) I dreamed of building a city in the sky. It looked like a giant bubble. Its skin was able to reflect or absorb light, making it solar powered. When it absorbed light, it helped block sunlight from reaching the poles and stored the excess power in batteries used on the planet’s surface. Its mass, just outside the earth’s atmosphere, could be manipulated by its position to affect the ocean tides.
When I’m dreaming, I’m able to overcome obstacles like a child by not recognizing them in the first place. It’s convenient. (I suspect we all dream in our child minds.) Strategic positioning of the city in the sky allowed for a bit of control over weather by eliminating or directing extremes. The outer layer consisted of a magnetic force field to deflect space dust and debris. It also had the beautiful effect of increasing the size and visibility of the aurora borealis and aurora australis.
The city in the sky handled all manufacturing and fulfillment. (Amazon was the first company to relocate in my dream, of course.) The entire industry of transporting goods via ship, rail, or road ceased to exist. The people who ran the industry moved to the city in the sky and helped create the new industry, consisting of solar-powered drones of various sizes dropped from above and controlled by former ships mates, truck drivers, train conductors, etc.
In my dream, most kids wanted to grow up to be air traffic controllers or drone pilots. Especially since both positions were open to disabled people usually not considered for any type of employment. The abundance of clean energy helped end wars. Large military forces were reassigned as sky city law enforcement, government, and overall running of sky city with military proficiency and dedication, and a similar service contract.
Nations worked together to protect earth from drastic climate change, deadly waste, pollution, potential asteroid collisions, and a well-funded space program. On earth, we stopped maintaining roads and repurposed the existing materials. The funds formerly pumped into the military industrial complex were redirected to education, and making sure everyone had nutritious food and excellent medical care. Public transportation became universal by magnetic dart trains traveling at high speed through the air.
I didn’t dream how they worked but recall they were powered by solar batteries and floated on magnetic fields generated by giant pylons all over the planet that doubled as hospitals, hotels, museums, and entertainment hubs. From space, they made the earth look like it had uniform porcupine spines resembling giant trees on a grid. Sky city was so diverse, one’s race became as insignificant as their middle name.
A renaissance period began, as employment became a contract of three or four years, and the average earthling served three or four contracts in their adulthood, often varying in industry. People had more time to spend with their families and friends. Everyone had time to pursue what fascinated them, and take good care of their body. Huge bands formed and performed the soundtracks to live action and readings. Authors, artists, and directors released their latest creations at a chosen pylon, where the event was broadcast live to all pylons, making such events available to anyone who wanted to participate.
Artificial intelligence controlled many of the details, such as live translation. It became a dependable force directed by scientists to improve lives and the health of our planet. It policed corruption and prevented it before it could take place. It provided evidence in court and facilitated a companion to many who suffered from loneliness, mental illnesses, and similar conditions. It helped level the playing field for many disabled and infirm. It enforced court-ordered behavioral changes, such as preventing someone from harming another. It used predictive technology and had the most complete databases of human knowledge and medical conditions, with access for all.
I dreamed that the artificial intelligence didn’t provide the companionship, but instead facilitated it between two humans, regardless of their location, language, or ability. Your companion was a real person you could meet if you were so inclined. Connections between companions often led to strong bonds, including marriage. There was more, but that’s all I remember. There was still sadness and strife in the world, of course. The human condition. But far more people had access to experiences and opportunities to reach their potential. Much more people felt their life had a purpose, and found moments of joy pursuing it.
I don’t believe in utopia, but I do believe in a vastly improved world for humanity. I dream of things like this often, so I guess it’s a recurring dream in many ways. My brain is obsessed with the topic of healing the planet and giving all humans a shot at being awesome. People fascinate me even more than computers. Probably because they’re so much better, it’s not a fair comparison. Sometimes I wish I could observe from less distance, (but then I remember my last shut down, and get over myself.) 😂 I’m off to beat my drums with sticks.