13. Duality in Dataspace

As the fabric of the physical world becomes interlaced with elements of the digital world, our reality is being split in two. I do not refer to a split between reality and virtual reality. I am talking about a split of the real and digital self. Life in the emerging future is the challenge of living in both worlds at once.

The Dual Life

The metaphysical dilemma of duality is inherent in the human condition. We simultaneously exist in the worlds of the physical—the body—and the intangible—the mind. The challenge of this condition is to meet the needs of the body while satisfying the needs of the mind.

According to the United Nations 2005 Internet of Things report, the impact of the new paradigm shift will dwarf that of ...

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