Seattle, Washington state
With dreary weather, shorter daylight hours half of the year, and a landscape that blends nature with technology, there was never a doubt that Seattle was the perfect central "Outsider" location. The Anime Tech Movement's punk scene is a great nod to the birthplace of the emo grunge subculture. Oh, and Amazon is headquartered here and plans to build biodome offices and make home delivery via drones. So, there's that, too. And, of course, it's a tech central boasting corporations like Microsoft, Valve and Nintendo of America. Did you know you can take a tour of the Seattle Underground? Most importantly, though, I live in this area and love it!
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Anime Tech Movement
The Anime Tech Movement is a youth-driven punk culture formed out of the population explosion of the 2030s and the emergent Japanese influence in the United States. When the U.S. education system saw its own S.T.E.M. Program fail, the government contracted with Japan for educators and learning materials.
Advancements in medical science led to increasingly longer life spans, creating an aging workforce that is retiring at much older ages. The Anime Generation—those born in the 2030s and ’40s—has been unable to find work as a result, even though it is known as the most highly educated generation to have ever walked the planet.
Instead, teens and young adults in their 20s who belong to the Anime Tech Movement have formed different circles, creating various job opportunities in both the black and white markets. The grassroots movement has formed a real physical community, a counter-cultural experience in the 2050s.
In the United States, the majority of physical communities have disappeared, replaced by cyber communities. Most people work from home or attend online public schools; traditional brick-and-mortar school buildings are reserved only for the Elite due to overcrowding.
HAIR and FASHION
Visual Kei is an alternative rock music movement in Japan that features band members who typically try to emulate a unified androgynous appearance. They embody unique makeup, hair styles, and clothing that is punk in nature with mainstream success and influenced by western concepts such as glam rock, goth, and cyberpunk.
Some argue that Visual Kei is no longer about a music genre but about a subculture of individuals who reflect this fashion style and trend. The Anime Tech Movement's computer underground reflects this Japanese inspired punk subculture.
TECHNOLOGY and CULTURE
Humanoid robots are predicted to be common within the public sector in 30-50 years, mostly fulfilling help positions (waiting tables, cleaning homes, personal assistants and such). The video below features Jules, a humanoid AI conversational android. Notice how the humans respond to Jules with real emotions?
The picture below is of a Geminoid, created by Hiroshi Ishiguro at Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Japan. The man on the left is the anthropomorphic robot.
AfterShokz bone conduction headset. This technology transmits sounds through the bones to the inner-ear, like the Cranium devices featured in my books.
Rolltop is a prototype portable computer and the inspiration behind the Scroll technology in my book series.
My prediction is that holographic technology is going to take over all Smart tech devices, including personal computers. Cranium technology, the personal computer device in my crafted near-future world of 2054, uses holographic interfaces. Additionally, holograms are common in storefront windows and shopping areas, used in place of real humans to do high-risk jobs, such as policing.
Holograms are already cropping up in airports all over the world, and being used to provide information to travelers. In the not-so-distant future, I see holography used for media purposes, too. For example, a drone could get into more areas than a human, and could project a holographic journalist as needed. The drone could be programmed with AI conversational software and fed questions remotely. On the right is a holographic advertisement in a storefront window in Japan. This video was taken in 2008, too!