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By Anna Vital (Founder, Funders & Founders)
When you wake up on a sunny April morning of 2022, you will know what it feels like to live in the 3.o version of life. You won’t walk up to your closet, because you will not own one. Your daily outfits will be delivered to your doorstep through a co-owning program peer-to-peer program. Owning your own clothes is inefficient. Plus, you never want to wear the same thing twice. Putting on your designer dress for the day, you take a call from your boyfriend.
His voice reminds you once again that out of the 1,340,000 men that you could have met and fallen in love with in your lifetime he is the one and only best guy for you. Why?
Because through a world-wide database of eligible guys you ran your algorithm through the best matches, and your boyfriend was the one. Now when you two go to the bar you don’t look over his shoulder to check out another cute guy. You know that you can never do better that what you have.
You two have been dating for years now, and he still just gets you. He even made a game out of guessing your desires. In a gamified relationship things are always different. It’s not just living together, it’s playing the game of breaking the ice between the two of you together.
When he is away, he interacts with you through a relationship app where you two discuss your future and make plans for your next vacation. He even has a way of satisfying you sexually through a remote massager app. He puts on your favorite music and you can almost feel him nearby.
But he is not just a “techified” guy. He has got some old-fashioned charm about him. You could say he is a truly distilled man. He knows his way with wines and women’s lingerie. He even subscribed you to a monthly panty by mail service where you receive your lacey creations monthly.
Some questions are still on your mind, though. Technology can solve a lot of problems, but when it comes to kids, you can’t really outsourse childbirth. Even in the world of incredibly thin condoms, and precise birth control, you still worry about having kids. Or, whether you even want to have any. You enjoy your DINK (Double Income No Kids) lifestyle. Plus, you want to do your own startup, which is incompatible with kids. For now, you can free your eggs and decide later.
What you can’t put off for later is when you want to quit your job. Passing up on opening your own company is becoming unbearable. You only live once. If you are to ever find out what happiness and power over your life means, you have got to make the jump. Quit your job. And do a startup.
No, this is not just your imagination. This is almost reality, augmented reality that is. Through your iPad’s augmented reality app you can visualize the company you are going to build, the relationships you are going to make, and the product you have going to build. You will work more, but also enjoy more.
You walk the streets of San Francisco and through your iPad you can see speech bubbles over people’s heads. The speech bubbles show you what they are thinking. You see people looking for co-founders, testing their products, some still worry about the future, but many just seem to enjoy the present.
Now it’s time for lunch. and just because it is Friday, you scan the QR code for the libido-enhancing sexual performance meal at your local coffee shop.
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As a woman still living in 2012, I look for the companies that are already creating the 3.0 version of life we will get to see in 2022. I am inspired by the visions of founders that are already building the technology that I mentioned above.
I feel that sharing a glimpse of this life with others empowers us to find our missions in life.
We realize that there are no excuses to not be who you want to be. In the next version of life, you have all the power.
We call it Life 3.0 – It is a show of startups that are changing the way we live. If you want to see for yourself, you are invited.
Life 3.0 will happen on April 18, 2012 at 7pm at the Fairmont in San Francisco. For more info and to register, click here.
Editor’s note: Got a question for our guest blogger? Leave a message in the comments below.
About the guest blogger: Anna Vital is the founder of Funders and Founders, a San Francisco-based startup promoting startupization. She has been an entrepreneur since age 14 when she opened her fist business, a test-prep school. After attending Brigham Young University in Utah, she attended law school in Nanjing, China. She speaks Mandarin Chinese, English, and Russian. In her ideal world, everyone from moms to engineers to executives will do startups. Follow her on Twitter at @fundersfounders.