Harnessing the Spatial Internet: The Onlife Era

Harnessing the Spatial Internet: The Onlife Era

Feb 11, 2024

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Over the last decade, my journey has been deeply entwined with the spatial internet, a concept I passionately refer to as 'Onlife.' This isn't just a buzzword; it's a paradigm shift. We're transcending the binary of online and offline to a seamless integration of digital and physical realities. It's about living in a world where these realms don't just coexist; they converge, creating a holistic computing experience that blurs the lines between what's real and what's virtual.

The Tipping Point: Apple's Vision Pro Reveal

Enter Apple's latest? game-changer: the Vision Pro device. Its unveiling wasn't just a product launch; it was a declaration, a testament to the burgeoning era of spatial computing. Apple's narrative wasn't shy in emphasizing this, echoing the term 'spatial computing' like a mantra. This wasn't just about hardware; it was about framing a future where our interactions with technology are as natural and intuitive as breathing.

Web3 - The Spatial Web Unfolded

Forget the buzz around blockchains, NFTs, and the like. They're mere footnotes in the grand narrative of Web3. What we're talking about here transcends the hype; it's the evolution of the internet into a spatial, immersive experience. It's not just another iteration—it's a revolution.

A Journey Through the Evolution of Digital Epochs

  • Web1: Google's reign. It was all about making the web accessible, turning webpages into searchable, algorithm-friendly entities. This era was defined by the classic setup: monitor, mouse, keyboard. We "went online," and Google capitalized on this, crafting a knowledge graph that revolutionized information access.

  • Web2: The social era, dominated by Facebook. It replicated Google's formula but shifted the focus to people. Mobile, social, cloud—the trifecta that began to blur the line between our online and offline selves. Facebook's social graph intertwined with Google's knowledge graph, creating an unprecedented digital powerhouse.

Web3: A New Dawn in the Digital Odyssey

Web3 isn't just another chapter; it's a paradigm shift. It's about making reality itself machine-readable. Meta and Apple are just starting to scratch the surface. It's no longer about being online; it's about being Onlife. We're talking about a computing model that's evolving into something more organic—Mobile, Movement, Cloud. Software development is transitioning from mere design to digital architecture. The ultimate prize? The creation of a spatial graph, a digital blueprint of our world.

Apple's Vision is More Than Just Tech

Apple showcased a vision, albeit in its nascent stage. It's a leap from our daily digital grind, a step towards a world where technology is transparent, where we move beyond screens to interact with our environment in ways previously confined to the realms of science fiction.

The Real Game: Owning the Spatial Dimension

This is where it gets real. We've always said, "gaming is eating the world." But it's not about consoles or smartphones. It's about rethinking design, about creating worlds where our digital and physical lives aren't just parallel; they're intertwined. This isn't a fad; it's the future. The giants of tech—Apple, Tesla, Microsoft, Amazon, Google—they're all in, racing to own this new frontier.

Forget asteroid mining and space races. The real frontier is right here, in the spatial dimension that surrounds us. The question isn't just about who leads in technology, but who masters this new spatial domain.

Owning Tomorrow

As we ask ourselves, "Who owns the future?" the answer lies not in the stars but in the spatial dimension we navigate every day. The race is on to master this new realm, to turn the unseen into the cornerstone of our future. Welcome to the spatial evolution. Welcome to Onlife.

Ryan David Mullins