If you have about half an hour, I strongly encourage you to watch this talk by Jesse Schell. It’s fun. (Also, embedded at the bottom of this post.)
But if you don’t have half an hour, let me sum it up for you:
Games are spilling into reality, and reality is becoming more like a game. More and more actions in your daily life are rewarding you with experience points.
It basically ends there, with a nice note about how your grand kids will be able to find out just exactly how much of a loser you were, because your entire life is being recorded.
I don’t think Mr. Schell went far enough. What happens when people realize they can trade points for real things? What happens when the guy who sucked at regular, money-earning jobs finds out he’s really, really good at getting points for stuff he was already doing anyway?
What happens when we realize we no longer need money?
What are the implications of a currency that, instead of being printed in limited supply by the government, is infinite and generated by our own actions as individuals?
Just some thoughts.