'Future scenario 2.0'


2040 is still a visual culture

I see a black circle, but it is different from the things that I perceive with my eyes. It glows red, and a purple dot in the middle enlarges and shrinks now and then. Black lines with a glare of different colors appear and disappear from side to side. Some sounds sculpt grids and fill the holes with different colors. Some of them are deep as if they were in a 3D dimension. "Plop" a new circle shows up and slides trough a beige surface. "Plop", "Plop", "Plop", 3 more. As the percussion sounds a few more arrive. The violins drag more lines around. The cellos give depth and bury the figures in colors. The flutes paint the background while the clarinet refills with white. I can't miss the saxophone as it scales up, forming new grids as long as the piano continues to play.

It is 2040, and we are still visual creatures. Digital technologies govern our sight as data changed the way we interact. We carry a pair of headsets everywhere because we are no longer able to learn or experience without AI. It is not logical, but it is our SOMA (happiness-producing drug). Sight governs our actions, although we mistrust what we see. And if we want to believe in something, we have to experience through another sense. Our awareness of the number of sensory organs has changed ever since we started taking into account movement and equilibrium. Although hearing and smell are the most common because they are not opposed to the ongoing digital technologies. They add and explore new worlds for which our bodies and minds can relate easily to space.

Today, we are quantifying color in music. Sound has a physical quality because we assumed that the color range could match the pitch spectrum with high or low frequencies. In the past, we imagined and speculated on the theory of color. Nowadays, we've already assigned notes according to the lightness, tone, and saturation of each color.

Sensory experiences needed to be unified in a new interface. There is no reason for one to be stronger than others. Human multisensory perceptions can learn the ability to understand and interact, but now we have to grow our consciousness of the various endless possibilities and allow ourselves to appreciate compositions differently.