The pattern, it seems, is that there are ever more entrancing layers of assimilation into machine life. We're learning scripted behaviors by integrating with machines. We can immerse into our digital alter egos with ease. We can live out a whole day and never leave the digital cocoon. The machine world so far has been one of predictability, do-overs, the quick thrills, the visual / sensory overloads, and the safety of designed environments.
I wonder what it is like stumbling out of the immersive machine world, bleary-eyed and not ever quite satiated, and the opportunity costs lost in the Rip Van Winkle digital sleep.