Tomorrow’s Earth will need to be an effective digital planet to cope with unlimited economic growth by nine billion people, and inevitable crises. In the future your screens will follow you, keep you up to speed, informed and continuously connected. A Digital Earth will grow more accessible and powerful than the physical world.
One morning in the future…
Dawn breaks slowly. You wake gently to melodies from an angelic harp, softly strumming you to consciousness. Picking up the small screen on your nightstand you look at it with half-open eyes. Your sleep quality was over 80% and your vitals are strong. You brighten visibly. A better than normal morning.
While getting ready your screens follow you, getting you up to speed, keeping you informed and connected. Each is a teleportal, part of a family of devices that work together as one personal device with multiple screens. They recognize you as you move from the bedroom to the bathroom then the kitchen. Your online activities and connections move from screen to screen and are automatically resized for each type of screen, because they’ve become one device. “Multiscreen” turns your “family of screens” into one seamless experience.
Your calendar reminds you that you’re running an important meeting at 10 AM that morning, with your boss the highest executive there. After you’re dressed you flip to that project’s Shared Space, see that your boss is available, and focus him in a conversation. To emphasize the meeting (and get rid of the kitchen behind you) you make the background the conference room where you’ll meet, and display the meeting’s title on the room’s wall. Your boss agrees with your goal and says he’ll support you at the meeting.
Then you flip to your family’s Shared Space. While you eat breakfast you say good morning to your daughter who’s away at college. She’s at the University of Miami, studying marine biology. She’s still upset about the oceans decline from the lethal combination of over-fishing and global warming. She takes you there, switching your connection’s background from one dying coral reef to another, pointing out their underwater stresses. She includes a counter on each reef, showing the number of people from around the world who have joined the fight to save it. Without asking, she adds you to every one of them.
As you ride the train to the office you flip to your work Shared Spaces and start your work day with your mobile screens and wearables. With continuous connections you collaborate with co-workers and distributors, preparing the details of your morning meeting. You see your meeting’s conference room will be open until your 10 AM meeting, so you reserve it from now until then.
Your digital possibilities are endless. As is your control over them.
Your digital connections are finally continuous and real. Now your digital presence is always on, always alive, always connected in your Shared Planetary Life Spaces. Some of your work Shared Spaces are with co-workers, another with company suppliers, another with customers — and some of your personal Shared Spaces are with family, friends and your personal interests.
You’re digitally present when you’re in each Shared Space, and you can be in several at once. When you look through your screens, large and small, you see who is there. No, we’re not talking about people physically in the same place as you, or people you see through your car window. We’re talking about your screens. Because your screens are now a single Teleportal family — always on, always alive with any or all digital presences out there in your Shared Planetary Life Spaces. You’re with the people, tools and resources you want digitally present with you.
This isn’t virtual reality. This isn’t a world of avatars or video games. This is a “digital reality” that may become more accessible — and, to some, more powerful — than the place we call the physical world. If you have a Shared Space with your friends from college and see a couple of buddies are digitally present, you can decide to talk to them in a certain “place.” Say, a bar in Bangkok, or the bleachers in a London soccer stadium. In turn, they can make your focused presence be “somewhere else.” Freedom is a coat of many colors, as someone must have sung once.
These parts of the Expandiverse include:
- The presence system: This constantly updates who is in a Shared Planetary Life Space, and the places, tools and resources that are also there. It instantly processes changes, so that the idea — the digital reality — of “continuous connections” is maintained. This is the core of each Shared Planetary Life Space. It ensures that all the participants within that Shared Space are kept updated. It’s always on — and a lot more efficient than an electronic calendar.
- The connection system: Simultaneously, connection systems are always on, ready to make sure that any connection you wish will be focused immediately. It monitors your different presences on your different devices in your Shared Spaces, so you can focus your connections whenever you want. In addition, and vitally, it controls the boundaries of each of your Shared Planetary Life Spaces. The worst thing in the world would be if you became a superstar celebrity in your “We’re Famous” Life Space and then you suddenly look up to see you’re being focused into a group boundaries meeting to discuss celebrity blocking.
- Place, presence and content come together: When you focus a connection you can mix one of your identities, one or more people, a place and any content, tools or resources that you want to display. You can be in one physical place, but the system can put your connection in another place, with any additional pieces you may want. The combination might reflect your personal mood, the mood you wish to project, or the advertising you were paid to include in your screens. Similarly, when you are in someone else’s focused connection you can alter that to fit you, too. This allows you and businesses to use live or recorded imagery to project and receive whatever they like. It certainly makes news broadcasts more interesting, too.
In this digital reality, when you figuratively “walk out” on your “digital street” it is as if you have walked out on a physical street — you are “present” in a Shared Planetary Life Space and can see everyone and everything that is digitally present with you, and they can digitally see that you’re present. If you and one or more people “focus” your connection you can hear each other, too — just like when some of those present on a street turn to each other and have a physical conversation.
Whenever you want, you can flip to a different Shared Space, see who is present, and focus your connection with anyone or anything in it.
The participants in focused connections are automatically sized and placed so they’re as realistic as possible for each teleportal screen’s size and shape — with you controlling how you’d like that to look. You can be realistic with true seeing is believing, turn into a Steven Spielberg who CGI-constructs new worlds, or play Salvador Dali who guarantees that seeing is disbelieving.
It’s as if you’ve leaped into a self-determined world that’s decades ahead of ours. On the one hand you’ve expanded and become global. You have multiple presences — you’re in each of your different Shared Spaces — so you’re continuously “with” your connections all over the world.
On the other hand the Expandiverse contracts the world to fit you. Shared Spaces make tomorrow’s digital Earth local to you. Our digital planet is at your fingertips. Its people, places, tools, resources and entertainment are always “connected, on and ready” for your every whim, however straight or twisted you may feel. Just flip to the Shared Planetary Life Space you want, and focus any or many of your continuous connections there. Everything is instantly ready for whatever you decide.
You’re simultaneously bigger, and still just you, but you’re in control. Your worlds are at your service. Just imagine what you want. See it and be more.
And you can imagine a lot.
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Dan Abelow is an American inventor, author, speaker and technology consultant. His latest patent-pending invention, the Expandiverse, is new technology to build an advanced Digital Earth now. 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/