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There has never been a more transformative time in human history than the past forty years. The use of personal computers connected over the Internet has ushered in a digital media revolution that is radically changing human society. Traditional linear audio- visual formats have evolved to include other types of media content, such as user-generated social media, 3D worlds and avatars, AI chatbots, and blockchain crypto-media.

Many of us now spend much of our time immersed in a digital media ecosystem filled with targeted advertising, political propaganda, and non-stop messaging. Before long, we will be spending even more time in virtual social media and gaming platforms complete with cities, shopping malls, and nightclubs where avatars are used like puppets to meet and mingle with other people. Where is all this taking us, we might wonder, and will it be better or worse than where we are today?

As a software and Internet pioneer, Merrick will be your personal guide on a music-inspired journey thru the early days of digital media into a world of high-risk startups and breakthrough technologies. From the rise of artificial intelligence in the psychedelic sixties to the metaverse wars of the turbulent twenties, his sweeping analysis of the digital landscape will connect dots you never knew existed. By the year 2101, Merrick predicts the Singularity will be behind us and many will be living in a mixed-reality world moderated by a cryptoconscious mind. Will this be the apocalyptic nightmare many now fear or the idyllic paradise we have always dreamed of finding?