I was recently approached by ABC News Los Angeles and asked for predictions for the year 2020. “What will life be like in the year 2020?” Here are some of my notes, I thought my readers might enjoy.

In the year 2020, we will spend most of our time in partial virtual reality environments.

In 2020 virtual reality will be all around us. It will be everywhere you look. And it will impact every area of our lives – business, education, entertainment, and relationships.

One of the first things that you will notice is that when you walk into a house, every wall is going to be a giant TV screen. And you will be able watch movies, play video games, or even redecorate the house.

“Having company over for dinner? Just make a few little changes, change the lighting, the color of the furniture. Would you prefer something trendy, or something a little more austere? Of course, a loft with a view of Paris might be nice.”

But, how does it work? Like in a movie theater, an image will be projected onto every surface in the room - onto the walls and the furniture.

And your movements will be tracked using a motion tracking system – making your house into an “interactive environment,” just like your computer desktop, well, not quite.

In 2007, we get up in the morning. Sends the kids to school (if you have any). Commute to work. Spend half the day in meetings. Pick up a few things at the store, after work. And maybe go out for a drink with friends, or watch a little TV.

In 2020, we will still do all of the same things, but many of us will do it without having to ever leave the comfort of our own homes. We will get up in the morning, have coffee, take a shower, but when it is time to go to work or send the kids to school, it will be no longer necessary to even walk out the front door. Just walk into a spare room, a load a piece of software, and you are ready to go.

Going to school is going to be a lot of fun, because it is going to be a lot like playing a video game. Welcome to the virtual classroom. Go tide pooling. Take a tour of the solar system. Step into a van Gogh painting. You can already, in fact, do all of these things in low-resolution, internet based, virtual worlds.) Hands on, practical, fun.

In 2020 you still need to work, but you can work out of your virtual office, once again, out of comfort of your own home. Not only will this make your day a little shorter, it will be a great way to save money and help the environment.

And no one is going to use paper anymore. Are you really going to cut down a tree, send it to a paper mill . . . and somewhere down the line, you get it, write on it, put it in the mail, and wait three days before it arrives in China? Why don’t you just write it on a piece of virtual paper and hand it to me?

Need to have a meeting with your boss? Load an image of your virtual office. Sit down at your desk. And watch an image of your boss walking into the room and sitting down in a chair, right there in front of you.

This is just a variation of video conferencing, but it will almost seem like they are really there. It is virtual reality, no touching. Cinematic virtual reality. And it will be great for going to a virtual bar, opening presents with your parents at Christmas, international dating, and online shopping. Load an image of your favorite store, walk down an isle, pick something out, and wait for delivery. (And software will be available to show you what you would look like, sitting in a new BMW, or wearing a new outfit.)

And after a hard day at work, if you just want to unwind, you can always put on a movie. But, be forewarned, it is not the television of 2007 – a relatively passive experience. The television of 2020 is more like a roller-coaster ride . . . . It is the difference between watching a movie and being a part of it.

The world is going to become a really small place. Business meeting in Tokyo. Lunch in Geneva. A girl friend in Singapore. Wine tasting in Bordeaux. The good news is that it is going to be a lot of fun. The bad news is rapid social change, challenges to the exiting socio-political system, interpersonal globalization, and you can never get away from people you don’t like, even if you move to California.