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Ok, so we can't really go anywhere or do anything now. And
really we were headed to the do-everything-online world
anyway. But we all kind of miss the real world.
So here's the idea. A videoconference software with some way
of getting "closer" to and "further" from people, just so it isn't
overwhelming. You can wander into a conversation and hear is
clearly, and toward another and the first conversation gets
Now switch everything to that service, and have it always online
(during business hours). Connect to your paint store, and if the
employee's helping someone else with their paint selection you
chat with other customers while you wait your turn. In the end
select your paint and buy it.
Switch over to the auto parts store. Overhear the person in
front of you asking about their car and the employee is
completely misunderstanding the problem. You jump in with
some advice, and they both get on the same page.
Finished with tasks, you head to your local bar's video
conference service. You wander in and out of conversations. A
few friends join in as they get off of work. It isn't quite as fun as
real life, but it beats the *nothing* we have right now.
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||Maybe the audio will come back if you rejoin the meeting.
||So, make a zoom-style interconnection with Thinkmap
orientation? That would be very entertaining!
||At a basic level, it's individual volume controls for each
participant. Maybe graphically inter-related? So you put the
connection you want loudest in the middle of your screen,
and scatter the others around; volume proportional to radius
from centre. Re-shuffle as needed.
||It's still squeezing a fraction of the natural informational bandwidth through a electronic grating. Easy for manipulation, though.