The Future of Work: Los Angeles 2037

This world build timeline is a living archive of collaborative contributions from the FoW: LA 2037 World Build Team, and curated by Dione Oliver, MMLIS. Click on each story to experience both primary and secondary source materials lending themselves to the narrative of the Future of Work in Los Angeles in 2037.

"World Building designates a narrative practice in which the design of a world precedes the telling of a story; the richly detailed world becomes a container for narrative, producing stories that emerge logically and organically from its well-designed core.;xNLx;;xNLx;World Building is founded on three beliefs, namely that storytelling is the most powerful system for the advancement of human capability due to its ability to allow the human imagination to precede the realization of thought; that all stories emerge logically and intuitively from the worlds that create them; and that new technologies powerfully enable us to sculpt the imagination into existence.";xNLx;-Alex McDowell, Director, World Building Institute at USC

2020-05-01 00:00:00

The Fellows: The Breakdown

While we were fighting our own civil war (Breakdown 2020), our foreign & cyber enemies —compiled (and stole) all of our personal/corporate/government data (from Silicon Valley tech companies and government servers) and distributed it internationally online as a HUGE DATA DUMP for the rest of the world to see.

2020-06-13 00:00:00

Quantum Computing

In the year 2020, scientists working in secret developed the first quantum computer capable of breaking all encryption algorithms used in the commercial sector, resulting in the most massive and pervasive data breach known to the digitized world. While more and better quantum computers soon became available, allowing for more advanced countermeasures, this first breach resulted in what became known as The Breakdown. The introduction of the quantum computer, however, also resulted in a seismic shift in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Soon after The Breakdown, AIs rivalling the human brain in their capacities for decision making and adaptation to external stimuli became commonplace, forcing governments to develop infrastructures for how such entities are put to use. In 2023, the first ‘apprentice AI’ was launched, followed shortly after by the DocumentaryAI, SelfAI and the CommAI.

2020-07-04 00:00:00

The Data Dump: Who are we?

While we were fighting our own civil war (Breakdown 2020), our foreign & cyber enemies —compiled (and stole) all of our personal/corporate/government data (from Silicon Valley tech companies and government servers) and distributed it internationally online as a HUGE DATA DUMP for the rest of the world to see. We were left without our identities, metrics, archives intact. Leaving us with the question --WHO ARE WE?

2023-09-01 00:00:00

First Apprentice AI

Apprentice AI, developed during a 2017 world build, becomes viable shortly after Quantum Computing launches. Apprentice AI allows AI and Technicians to diagnose and troubleshoot systems remotely. This is combined with a Human Interface for "hands on" repairs.

2023-09-01 00:00:00

CaliBaja Mega Region Expansion

CaliBaja is defined by the area north and south of the U.S./Mexico border, which is a rich bustling free trade zone in a bi-national city (San Diego and Tijuana).

2023-10-01 00:00:00

General Motors Goes All Electric

Automaker General Motors ceases manufacture of everything but all-electric vehicles with the introduction of 20 new consumer models.

2025-09-01 00:00:00

Apprentice AI: Amazon Magic

Amazon Magic, "Apprentice AI with Human Interface", first commercial AI included in the roll out of Pre-Fab and Custom World Building Labs.

2025-09-01 00:00:00

Autonomous & Flying Cars

2025-09-01 00:00:00

First Renewal Center

Forced to depend on our neighborhood communities to survive the onslaught, we developed RENEWAL CENTERS to repair our bodies, minds, souls, and identities; WEEKLY GIFTING SESSIONS to bolster local relationships and create sustainable communities.

2025-10-01 00:00:00

First Community A.I.: CommAI

Each community is driven by it's own Community AI. The CommAI is responsible for city logistics and planning. Optimizing resources, facilitating social connections, and event planning. The Community AI is developed in two ways. There is a minimal open source template available that a community starts with.

2025-12-01 00:00:00

First Ancestral A.I.: Grace Lee Boggs Prototype

2026-01-01 00:00:00

First Self A.I.: SelfAI

Each individual also has their own AI, called SelfAI, that they are granted when they're young, and grows with them throughout their life. The AI is not contained in a single device like a phone or wearable, but is embedded in all devices and systems that the person interacts with daily. This is possible due to the highly connected information network that encompasses nearly all data-related systems. We are comfortable at this point with an AI acting like a single entity, yet having a presence that is pervasive and shifting. Among other systems, the SelfAI inhabits and interacts with the individual's social networks, home, car, educational institution, workplace, medical facilities, and religious services.

2026-09-01 00:00:00

Documentary A.I.

2027-01-01 09:00:00

JP Francis: The Secession

The leadership void of universalism and accumulated waste of the socio-technological era led to an economic revolution known as THE SECESSION in Los Angeles.

2027-03-09 18:03:05

IESO & IOC eSports Agreement

2027-09-01 00:00:00

Room Scale Entertainment

Screen's are no longer confined to a corner of your living room, but are reimagined according to the space they are in and the desires of the viewer through OLED walls.

2027-09-01 14:00:00

Grace Lee: Conversation between Dal-Yong B and Grace Lee Boggs

There's an App and study guide for that.

2027-10-21 00:00:00

Lauren McCarthy: The Party of 2027

2028-07-02 06:30:00

J. Garrett Oliver: Human Interface

2028-07-02 07:00:00

Biren Shah: Traffic is Bad Today

I wander aimlessly, enjoying the sunshine. By the time my car finds me, I'm about a mile from where I started, a bit up a hill. My phone alerts me that my car is as close as it can manage, and I tell it to wait there.

2028-07-02 07:30:00

Dione Oliver: My Morning Commute

Jeff is expecting you in Westwood by 8:30AM. I have you set for departure by 8:10AM with enough buffer for human driver interferences.

2028-07-02 13:12:00

Dione Oliver: After Lunch

What better medium than for Jeff Soref as Ancestral A.I. to interact with patrons of all kinds.

2028-07-02 19:23:00

Arnobio Morelix: After a Long Day at Work

2028-07-02 19:57:00

Dmitri Williams: Prime is not a Crime

There was another B-Reb protest last night at the Amazon show floor in Lomita.

2028-07-21 00:00:00

2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles

Games of the XXXIV Olympiad "The 2028 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad, and commonly known as LA 2028/Los Angeles 2028, is a forthcoming international multi-sport event, which will be hosted in the city of Los Angeles, California, United States between July 21 and August 6, 2028." -Wikipedia (22 Sep 2017)

2030-09-01 00:00:00

Global eSports Domination

2030-09-01 00:00:00

Internal Combustion Engines and Human Drivers Obsolete

By 2030, the longstanding promises of local governments and car manufacturers to obsolesce the internal combustion engine had been fulfilled. Every car on the Los Angeles freeways was 100% electric, and nearly all were fully autonomous. In the years spent preparing for the 2028 Summer Olympics, the city of Los Angeles undertook one of the largest infrastructure projects that any U.S. city had ever seen: the reconstruction and optimization of freeways and surface streets for use by driverless cars. By 2030, human-driven vehicles were nearly extinct within the city proper. Some L.A. residents still owned older model vehicles, but these were stored in facilities inland and in the outer edges of the Valleys to which these residents would take public, autonomous transportation to retrieve their vehicles for longer trips to other cities and states.

2033-09-01 00:00:00

Hyperloop to Tijuana

2035-09-01 00:00:00

Green Highways

2037-01-01 00:00:00

New Age of Connection

In 2037, we have entered a NEW AGE of CONNECTION. Our Technology is used to help us combat & prevent the factors which initially split our nation apart. It democratizes us, preserves us, assists us, heals us, and helps us navigate our daily lives and brighter future.

2037-01-19 00:00:00

Universal Basic Income: UBI

Artists and Educators are the first to receive Universal Basic Income in addition to their increasing salaries.

2037-01-21 00:00:00

The Feed: Community Positivity

As an alternative to our regular news and social media platforms — to combat fear/bias/cynicism —the Feed asks what Positive contributions we’ve made on a daily basis, identifies incredible events which will alter our lives for the better, and connects us to the positive aspects of human life. People, initiatives, and corporations who are mentioned on the FEED are given clearance and approval to continue working in their desired fields.

2037-03-01 00:00:00

Digital Nation: Blockchain

BLOCKCHAIN is our primary means of transaction. It allows us the transparency we need and the decentralization we desire.

2037-07-01 10:00:00

The Gaming Economy

For those who don’t want to participate in weekly gifting sessions or traditional community interactions, Gaming is a way to earn currency and also contribute to society. In-game work allows players to build virtual societies which double as schools, prototypes for real estate offerings/new industrial projects, conduct scientific research, test out new algorithms, and interact/exchange/compete with international communities. E-sports are woven into our everyday society similar to traditional sports. Each city, state, and nation has a team of gamers which represent their brightest and best citizens.

2037-09-01 00:00:00

Infinitum Becomes Public

Cash no longer exists in this new world. Cryptocurrency is king. A universal currency emerges which equalizes international exchange rates.

2037-09-01 10:00:00

Max Bluth: The Right Thing To Do

Today I will be voluntarily recycling my physical body.

2037-09-01 21:00:00

Derek Özkal: ARECS (AI Generated Recollections)

My mom’s physical form is gone, but my real memories and these arecs (AI generated recollections) mean she’s not really gone.

2037-10-01 00:00:00

The Gifting Economy

Gifting economies exist nationwide. Skills and communal contributions determine your value in our new cryptocurrency market. Corporations, angel investors, philanthropists, institutions, wealthy individuals are rated in society by how much they contribute to gifting platforms, not their profits.

2037-11-21 10:00:00

Restorative Justice

Community policing involves Restorative Justice sessions. Where local community members, esteemed guests, community police, and the offenders meet in order to find ways to restore balance after criminal acts have been committed.

2039-03-09 18:03:05

Joseph Unger: A Workday

We wanted to walk out to the living room and be at work. Then shut it off like it was a TV and be back at home.

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