What science fiction technology — if it suddenly became a reality — do you think would change the world most fundamentally?
My pick: teleportation. Specifically, telelportation that was afforable for everyone and could not be blocked on a large-scale (you couldn’t block ‘porting into a country, but you could into your own house).
Think about it — this invention would completely eliminate the physical barriers that humans have been constrained by forever.
I could get up in the morning, teleport to China for work, go to Mexico City over lunch for some enchiladas, back to work for the afternoon, to a client’s office in Sydney for 10 minutes to discuss his latest project, to Berlin for beers after work, then my wife could meet me in Rome for an opera in the evening, before we ‘port back home to Sioux Falls and go to bed.
The entire landscape of the world would change. Borders would disappear, since they could no longer be enforced. You would no longer have to choose a place to live, since you could do multiple things in multiple places. You could live in the mountains of Montana, work in Silicon Valley, and go to church in Manhattan.
For that matter, would cities disappear? People are grouped in Manhattan because that’s where people and businesses are. But if I could teleport anywhere instantly, then my “office” could be anywhere — just everyone come to the same place. I could have a group of friends from all over the world. We just teleport together a couple of times a week to hang out.
Worth thinking about. How do you think teleportation would change the world?