I thought I’d add Recreation & Entertainment to this Series because these would be things people would spend most of their time doing together with socialization since no one needs to works to earn a living. As I have eluded to earlier in Part 8 – Jobs and Economics people would typically live like the wealthy folk of Downton Abbey where robot-like technology would serve their every needs.
Naturally technology will play a major role in recreation and entertainment as it is today. Realistic games of all kinds will be instantly available to people using 3D Holodeck technology introduced in Part 2 – Technology. They will not only look real but they will feel, smell, and taste real like actually being there. This can even extend to dancing and Yoga, not only war and competitive games as emphasized today by video games. Going to entertainment events might simply be a matter of a Holodeck experience alone or with an imaginary crowd or audience. There will also be real world activities such as dancing and concerts played by robots or even real people who take up instruments as a hobby.
I rather doubt there will be gladiator games where people fight to the death. This is simply not beneficial to the survival of the species. However real life team sports of some sorts might be played. This has both social and excitement elements to it. The winner instinct will still be part of our human character, something we try hard not to introduce into our robot servants. We want them to serve us, not defeat us.
Drugs will play almost no role in society because social stress will be low and technology can provide a means for people to escape into another virtual world of their desire. Perhaps one might become addicted to these escapes but they will be control so as not to produce any permanent harmful effects unlike drugs do today.
So recreation and entertainment can be virtual, passive real, active real, or any combination thereof. One can even create their own entertainment. For example if one wants to create music they can do so with artificial instruments. Technology will aid them in creating their music by making suggestion of notes or instruments.
- Jobs and Economics
- Recreation & Entertainment
- Population Control
- Crime and Security