A Future Invested is a collaborative, interactive and multi-author online story that follows the life of a young American venture capitalist and the near-future technologies he encounters on a day-to-day basis. The goal of this project, set 30 years into the future and published a chapter at a time, is to provide a blast of inspiration for today’s tech entrepreneurs (as well as a bit of entertainment). You can read more about the project here. We encourage you to leave a comment at the bottom of the page with your feedback, which could be incorporated into a future chapter, and to let us know if you’d like to participate!
Topher grimaced and toweled the sweat off his face as he trudged up the side of Olympus Mons, the tallest volcano in the Solar System, also conveniently located on Mars. A dry wind kicked up dust just ahead, but his sneakered feet remained clean. He glanced down at the rubber surface beneath them and keyed his mic.
“The resolution is fantastic, Adam, but the depth is slightly off. See if you can improve the parallax. I’ve got a meeting to attend.” He froze the simulation and walked across to a doorway set flush in the wall. “Open,” he commanded, and strode through. Adam looked up from his console and gave him a thumbs up.
“I’ll get right on it, sir!”
“Another thing, Adam. The surface is wrong, somehow. I realize that we can’t do much about it, but I can still feel the slight rise towards the center of the room. What can we do about that?”
Adam shrugged and frowned. “Sir, the technology is spherically based, and you’re only treading on the top. We needed to dig down fifty feet to get the whole sphere installed, and the SLIPS technology needs the rubberized surface. Slippery substances need to grab onto something.”
Topher thought for a moment, then snapped his fingers. “You ever have a beach ball when you were a kid, Adam?”
“You remember what happens when it starts to go flat? How you can push one end into the other, like a double-walled hemisphere?”
Adam’s brow furrowed, then he broke into a huge grin. “A folded sphere! Yes, sir! I think we can make that happen, sir!”
“That’s why they pay me the big bucks, Adam,” Topher punched him lightly on the arm and then turned ...