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Welcome to The Daily Kind, where we help you stay inspired to raise humans ready for anything.

I'm Kirk Wheeler, it's March 2nd, 2021. I'm so glad you're here.

Photoshop, deep fakes, AR, VR, so much technology that can alter our perception of the reality that we think we understand, is available right now, and as the pace of technology accelerates, it can be hard to keep up. And as our technology gets better and better at mimicking reality, we will have a harder time knowing when truth is the soil.

“I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?”― John Lennon


Was that a dragon?

We live in a golden age of television. We can visit nearly every world we could dream of. And the entertainment that is on the horizon is going to make our current two dimensional screens feel obsolete extremely fast. One of my son's favorite books when he was in his teens was Ready Player One.

And I remember reading it a few years ago just before the movie came out, and I'm sure that some of what he loved about it was the hidden Easter eggs from the 80's, but what I remember thinking was it won't just be the 80's that can come to life, it will be anything that our collective imaginations can dream of, and some things we won't even need to dream up because other forms of intelligence will be scripting stories for us.

And more than likely it will not be some dystopian version of our current world, though, it might be, I do walk on the sunny side of this potential future street, but AR and VR will be shaping the world that we inhabit in ways we really can't imagine today.

A generation or two from now, they will look back on HBO's Game of Thrones and all the shows on Netflix and even the most up-to-date game engines like we look back on the first monochrome pictures from the 1800s. Here's a small example from the world of film.

The idea of a cut transition actually had to be invented. A cut can be used to move ahead in time in a film. Think about someone sitting at a table, eating breakfast, and then moments later we see the same person riding a bike down the street. There are so many steps in between these two activities. The person may have gotten up, washed the dishes, brushed their teeth, changed clothes, gone to the garage. You get the idea.

And if you've grown up watching moving pictures, this kind of time dilation doesn't bother you at all. But for someone who has never seen a show in their whole life, it can feel jarring and more like magic.

So what's the takeaway? Please just take me away to the Oasis.

How can you help the humans you are raising make sense of the reality of the world that they're growing up in? With all the technology that's become a part of their daily lives it can be easy to forget that things like moving pictures, and even recorded sounds like this podcast, are relatively new inventions. You can help them better understand everything that exists in the way of technology by reminding them that it's all a product of the human imagination and that they can add to the story of the unbounded creativity and their own unique way, f they want to.

They could also just watch season four of stranger things when it drops and enjoy the ride.

As an aside, the voice you sometimes hear on this podcast "Was that a dragon?"

As my quote, unquote co-host, is entirely fictional. "Who are you calling fictional?" There are voice clones available and the software that I use to make these shows and I can try out ideas and then have them say spoken. Crazy! Right?

I hope you find this helpful. Be sure to take care of yourself today. Hydrate. And remember, there is no perpetual parenting playbook. We're all learning as we go. And with curiosity is our map and a willingness to believe in fairies, even if it's only in your mind, we can be ready for anything.

So good luck. You've got this. I'm rooting for you.

With gratitude,