The dataspace is what internet became. Nowadays you’re always on-line, all the time. Prettymuch everything is. D-space is internet superposed to the real world in augmented reality.Checking a restaurant’s website is as easy and natural as looking at its menu. When you look atsomeone, you can pop-up their social network prole right beore your eyes. When you wantto listen to some song, you access it in pinch. When you want to talk to somebody, you pagethem or call them. All this with a thought.
Those things you see suspended in digital air are called ARO — augmented reality objects.You don’t see every arrow you cross though: you only see those you have access to. PublicAROs everyone gets to see and interact with them. Restricted AROs you need to be on theiraccess le: or your average wearshop it means registering to the clients list, or your averagemilitary-grade warelab it means having the proper clearance. Most o your toys’ interaces areon restricted access, and you’re the only one in the access le.
The most common way to access d-space is by wearing googles — with two o’s. They looklike a pair o glasses, but the lense’s a screen and a cam, there are speakers and a directionalmike in the branches, and the whole thing contains a brain scanner to pick up thought signals:you click with your mind. They come in various orms and shapes. Rich and trendy peopleget contact lenses, tiaras and earings that do pretty much the same thing or, i they’re reallycommited, get one implanted surgically in their ears, eyes and skull.
You’re always online: you may remove your googles or put your implanted system on hold, butthey’re still connected. Being ofine means something wrong happen to you. Staying ofinemeans being dead, or you might as well be.
Everybody’s got a callsign: it’s your nickname, your phone number, your mail address all rolledinto one. Teenagers usually go through phase when they try dozens o callsigns a week beoresettling to one that might last orever: it’s a rite o passage o sorts, when you stick to yourcallsign or more than a year. When you want to contact someone, either by text or speech oreven just checking their social networking prole, you ollow their callsigns.
Callsigns are linked to your avatar: what you look like in d-space. Most times, you accessd-space through augmented reality, so when you look at someone through your google, you seetheir avatar superposed on them, like a mask made o bits.