Bill Nye put a video out last week discussing deflategate.
The Warsash Maritime Academy uses (or at least used to use) miniature ships to train captains how to maneuver oil tankers.
Daniel Boorstin, Librarian of Congress (1975 - 1987) wrote The Discoverers. It's a book about the people and events surrounding some very early, essential discoveries. Some of the discoveries include
Time (remember, prior to clocks each day had hours of differing duration. The 12 daylight hours were longer in the summer, and shorter in the winter.)
Maps and map coordinates (such as the idea that they should be drawn to scale, or that coordinates were not evil)
It's history, not the future view you're discussing, but it does give lots of great insights into the discovery of things that fundamentally changed the world.
Mine's a Logitech, probably an M570 but the print's wearing off 'cuz I use it so much. I started with one of the centered-marble trackballs. It forces my middle finger into a somewhat unnatural position, as it has to be over the trackball for me to reach the buttons with my other fingers. Now that I'm on the M570, my carpal tunnel issues have stopped almost completely.
So yes, for some of us the thumb-operated marble is the way to go.
But really for most meetings, the individual doesn't need to be fully mentally involved
Dyslexia may explain why you don't need to be fully involved. It's my understanding that a lot of things work differently in the dyslexic mind vs. the non-dyslexic mind. Some are good, some are bad. Ask Richard Branson, Scott Adams or Steven Spielberg.
However, most of the population isn't dyslexic, and for them to contribute to or benefit from the meeting, they do indeed need to be fully mentally involved. What works for you doesn't necessarily work for your coworkers, or neighbors, or...
If you really feel that you don't need to be attentive, I'd suggest that you show some respect for your coworkers and simply dial in to the meeting. You'd be showing respect to them by not behaving in a way that annoys the crap out of them, while you're right in front of them.