Imagine a you-centered digital world of the future. It recognizes and follows you from screen to screen. Your continuous connections fit you and assist you — including tools, resources, media, places and people. Automated tech moves you to the top of the pyramid by making you knowing and powerful. The full Digital Earth’s resources and abilities are at your fingertips. And everyone’s.
Our smart phones, tablets and other screens are with us constantly. We move from screen to screen as everything revolves around how quickly they do our bidding, how well they meet our needs.
We can’t imagine living without digital.
But we’re still just individuals with devices. Doing tasks, playing games and going from app to app.
The devices industry is evolving into a commodity business. The leaders are similar in hardware, features, software, apps, app stores, services, and bandwidth (or phone service plans).
It doesn’t matter whether you use Apple, Android or Windows. History will say they’re in the same generation, at a parallel stage. Whether you use a smart phone, tablet, Laptop/PC, game box, connected TV or another device, they’re generally separate silos, using the cloud to work together.
How far can today’s devices really take us?
Wrong question. Ask if a fully Digital World were possible today, how far would we take our devices?
Suppose there were powerful competitive advantages available for companies who also make their devices doorways to the future?
What if we could compete on time as well as features ‚Äì with the future competing against the present?
The next market shift could come from using our devices as doorways into tomorrow’s Digital World.
Step through a time machine. Imagine we’ve built tomorrow’s Digital World.
You live in the Expandiverse, which is new technology and IP for building tomorrow’s digital world.
It’s a “you-centered” Digital World where your screens recognize you and turn on and off automagically. Your world follows you from screen to screen.
Just like you walk into a room and everything is there, your screens make your digital world local. You have instant access to your people, services, places, tools and resources.
You enjoy digital boundaries for privacy, and have both digital and physical protection. In fact, your digital world has grown more powerful and safer than the physical world.
You’re at the top of your world, at its center, in control.
Now imagine really, really cool
You start your day with a healthy breakfast.
You know it’s healthy because lots of people collaborated to get it right. From farmers through food product manufacturers, from retailers through consumers, they’re all members of a healthy food “governance,” a virtual community that brings knowledge to all its members when they want it. That’s you this morning when you prepared and enjoyed your breakfast. Yet you knew you’re part of a natural food chain that starts on thousands of farms and works to be sustainable and affordable for the Earth’s billions of people.
While eating you’re watching video on a tablet-size Teleportal.
Your tablet Teleportal is part of a new family of devices that includes multiscreen technology (allowing you to work seamlessly across all your various screens); and between Shared Planetary Life Spaces (virtual groups so people can stay connected and work together across all their people and devices, including their apps, services, places, tools and other resources). Teleportals converge computing, communications, TV/video, the Internet, work, commerce, entertainment and more into a continuous digital reality architecture that enables your continuous digital world. As Teleportals become higher quality your screens become as real in appearance and presence as looking through a window at the physical world in front of you.
Your paywall blocks all ads except the ones you let inside, because you’re paid for watching them. This ad is for a breakfast cereal and you stop and pay attention to it, because your attention is tracked and you have to watch to get paid. The ad is funny and you laugh while taking another bite of the same cereal that’s in the ad. That’s now called “partnership capitalism,” when customers support companies that support them. Funny how “partnering” strengthened marketing. You used to be bombarded with ads you fought to ignore. Now only the ads you allow get through, but you watch most of them because that puts money in your bank account every day. There are even people who spend hours watching ads when they want extra cash!
The companies that run these personal paywalls have grown huge overnight. Almost everyone has a paywall, and sitting on top of that revenue stream is like printing money.
You’re watching a video about the cereal company’s supply chain, because you work in distribution.
How distribution has changed! Robotic pickers, self-driving forklifts, and equipment telematics show your whole virtual team a dashboard of what’s happening every minute. As exceptions surface they’re dealt with immediately. Your connected group of managers and workers is now growing to include similar groups in companies that ship to you, and in companies that receive from you. Together you’re harnessing instant and deep multi-company data for frequent improvements. Your supply chain is continuously turning more efficient, responsive and accurate ‚Äì benefitting your markets, industry and economy.
In fact a co-worker interrupts, asking you to stop by and see a new demo for sharing vehicle telematics data across the connected companies.
You ask to see the demo right away instead, walking over to a larger screen so it’s clearer. Stopping in front of the new screen turns it on and brings up your co-worker as she displays the mocked-up interface. It looks good so you tell her to run with it and create a prototype.
Before you leave you flip to your family’s Life Space to check how your parents are adjusting to retirement.
You put your family’s Life Space on the nearest screen. Mom’s in a virtual card game with her best friends, while they’re all virtually blended into the gardens next to the Eiffel Tower. Dad’s exploring Belize’s coral atolls while chatting with a childhood buddy. He’s sipping coffee while blended into a real-time screen from the reef, surrounding him with tropical fish. No worries there so you don’t focus them in. Senior citizens like them have created some of the most active virtual communities, including family, childhood and lifetime friends, resources, services and caregivers in their 24√ó7 relationships. It seemed like the more their physical mobility shrank, the larger their digital lives grew.
Add in capabilities like separate groups for our different interests; continuous connections to people, tools and resources in each group; CGI-like blending of people, places and embedded ads; and both physical and digital security based on recognition.
It doesn’t take long for the light bulb to go on, for tomorrow’s Digital World to come into focus.
A Digital World we could build and move into today.
How cool is that!
© Copyright 2014 Dan Abelow. All rights reserved. Image credits: Shutterstock.
Dan Abelow is an American inventor, author, speaker and technology consultant. His latest patent-pending invention, the Expandiverse, is new technology to build a successful Digital Earth today. His previous patents are licensed by over 500 corporations that include Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics and many other leaders. He holds degrees from Harvard and the Wharton School. Get connected with Dan at ImagineANewFuture.com/connect/