For the panel I will express two concepts:
- The realities are augmented by our knowledge, and we traverse them via our agent identities. It is only when the proper semantics is present through pervasive tagging that this can be achieved at at a high level. Synthetic realities are semantic by default, folksonomies help mapping our own knowledge, but it is the forthcoming Internet of Things that will let us make a fundamental leap towards a zillionic level of understanding of our worlds.
- It is a ptolemaic mistake, at least from an architectural point of view*, to keep one reality on a pedestal. When you stop, whichever you want to augment with info from an other, the issue becomes that fundamental one of interoperability. Interoperability of realities is not only a question of technical interconnections, but also of content, culture, rights, and laws being automatically analyzed and deemed compatible, or not.
* Yes, I do realize that there is a privileged observer status amongst the realities. It is where once you die it is GAME OVER, and there’s no REPLAY.