In 1999, the release of The Matrix blew my 12-year-old mind. The karate kicks, special effects and concept made me think: Can my brain bend a spoon? Can I leap across buildings? Are we living in a simulation? I’m still not sure on a few of those, but I do see a strong argument to suggest our society exists within levels of augmented reality.
For example, I used to consider my ad agency a remote workforce. Our team thought we were cool by ditching the standard 9-to-5 office lifestyle. But when I met my business partner, I realized we aren’t remote — we’re virtual. You may be thinking: What’s the difference? Remote typically means you work outside an office that isn’t too far to reach. Virtual means you have a team beyond state lines and, in some cases, different parts of the world.