Very Personal Computer

The Very Personal Computer is a proposed worn device that supports personal schedule, exercise, navigation, biofeedback, nutrition, environmental hazard monitoring, and primary health care needs of its wearer.

It might even host panicware, or provide some therapy functions or feed first aid, biohazard response or other community emergency response team instructions to the nearest citizen.

It was first proposed as a design goal in 1990 in a paper by Craig Hubley, who predicted that it would evolve with first responder and military use, and diverge strongly from HDTV office or HDTV home theatre or laptop designs that seemed to compromise both mobility and usability. Rather than focus on hardware which he saw as inevitable, Hubley worked on the applications of the VPC, seeking difficult driving problems and the living ontology to describe those processes most amenable to solving them.

Throughout the 1990s Hubley elaborated the social and financial functions of the VPC including dating and investment monitoring. In 1997-98 he focused on telework teams and instructions for creative networks operating 24x7 remotely. The output of this was a capital asset model suitable to model their activities, and the green bay box.

In 1999-2002 he turned to the social networks that were then being formed using social network software, and the power networks associated with urban problems and infrastructural capital. Hubley's early work on green systems and Efficient Politics was initially rejected by the Green Party of Ontario but later influenced its Living Platform. He did some innovative work on citizen platforms with activists notably the late Tooker Gomberg. The paper Toronto's real capital was based on this work in part. So were City as Art and When Nations Are Neighbours.

From 2002-2004 he focused on solving the sustainability problems relating to green procurement and models of natural capital. By 2004 the US Army had distributed a rugged wearable PC to several thousand troops as an experiment. Accordingly it was time to suggest more peaceful uses for this tool: The CEG recommendations to Infrastructure Canada, 2004-12-21 again emphasized the central role of signal infrastructure and thus VPCs. Hubley's Lean Green Machine answer recommendation model was exploited by the Green Party of Canada during the Canadian federal election, 2004 for answers to questionnaires. However his green web and GPC position protocol models were ignored in favour of morons. A set of control verbs later emerged from the Imagine Halifax initiatives - the Imagine Halifax terms - plus policy terms useful in the political debates surrounding all the previous problems.

By 2005 detailed models of transparent municipalities, their accounting Beyond GAAP, and municipal role in emergency response had emerged and evolved through 2005. In an open letter to Ralph Goodale from Civic Efficiency Group, the relationship between emergency services and routine municipal operations was outlined in depth, along with signal infrastructure requirements and a loan program to fund them. The first responder was redefined as an effective VPC user and the greening of government operations as the reduction of energy and materials to support them all. The 6C declaration and BSTV+C+P electoral reform model summarized political implications and requirements of a new form of government called Sharing Water - based on constant ubiquitous digital communication (via VPC ultimately) and bioregional e-democracy district councils responsible for enforcing ecological and social limits. The first steps of this model were being reflected in some proposals to governments and Civic Efficiency Group was briefing Canadian politicians at the highest levels. Via the 6C work they exercised substantial influence on ICLEI and effectively redefined some of its major goals - see Craig Hubley re GPC.

The governance work and public interest applications mostly complete, advancing without him, or at a standstill due to stupidity, by early 2006 he was focusing on a broader model of learning and how to build a true learning organization using only VPC-like tools for user coordination and communication. The Green Party of Nova Scotia was considering his model and was using wikis for policy debate, considering a Living Agenda, defining GPNS protocols and a bioregional constitution. A variety of PDA phones were also then available, which closely approximated the first generation of Hubley's intended VPC, the first hardware to do so that was readily commercially available. Openpolitics.ca itself supported such hardware already.

He predicted that the first event that would be sufficiently stressful for anyone to realize the VPC would be required - if only to obviate panic - would be a full scale pandemic. Nothing less would be sufficient to motivate the massive change to work processes and habits, nor motivate corporations or governments to shift to a primarily decentralized mode of working. In the United States the Alliant program was seeking to replace all US governmental systems with an upgraded specification suitable for such challenges. This Hubley predicted would create the second generation of the hardware whose problems would define the third and last, probably sometime around 2012.