Horizons newsletter by Envision

Click here for the November 2022 Horizons Newsletter by Envision. Board member Heidi Selberg comments on the social safety net and social mobility in the US, Board member and Executive Director of Wello Natalie Bomstad enlightens us on the results of the 2021 Wello Community Health and Well-Being survey, Board President Phil Hauck offers new perspectives on managing health care costs, and our fall 2022 Strategic Foresight cohort is introduced.

The Metaverse comes to Green Bay!

Phil Hauck, Envision Board member

Remember World Futures Day, March 1, 2022? Vicki Loomes of TrendWatching spent a good bit of time helping us understand the most unfamiliar “metaverse.” Well, guess what: It’s here! It’s now at Horizon 1.5 and imminent.

Want proof? Check out this link from America’s Got Talent (September 13, 2022) for a demo by a group called “MetaPhysics.” Here’s how it works: Place a camera driven by physical-look AI software in front of a somewhat-look-alike person, and you will project Elvis Presley live on screen, singing “You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog” – or even a song he never did sing. You can include Simon Cowell singing along with Elvis and Heidi and Sofia as backup singers!

Want a better explanation? The MetaPhysics team explained it here. Amazing!

Now, might it come to Green Bay soon? Probably not too soon, but it’s clearly in the sights of PMI Entertainment, which brings groups to the Resch Center and the Meyer Theater.  PMI CEO Brendan Bruss wrote in a recent Horizons article that, as PMI seeks ideas from the marketplace, the industry or even PMI could create small concerts pairing a deceased singer with Abba, for example! Stay tuned; the metaverse is on its way.

Why We Do the Work

By Phil Hauck, Board President, Envision

The Green Bay area’s population is bound to be significantly larger (400,000?) by 2035.  This growth will be driven by climate migration from other parts of the U.S. due to: excessive heat, drought, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and fires; the very high cost of living elsewhere; and the recent trend of remote working.