Imagine A New Future: Creating Greatness for All

Chapter 1.1: Is Change the New Big?

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Who will win the future? In the next decades we will become a fully digital planet. Can we build a more powerful digital world with many new ways for everyone to succeed? If we could, then neither startups nor big companies win. You will win the future. Building that digital Earth could be a bigger business opportunity for both startups and leading companies — a successful planet where everyone wins.

 

Is Change the New Big?

How will America climb out of its economic decline, bring prosperity back to the middle class and give us “The Future” we want? The tech industry is where society thinks this question will find answers.

Here’s what some in the tech industry think.

I recently went to Silicon Valley to meet with top tech companies. All said the Expandiverse’s new technology to build a digital world describes where the tech industry is headed. All are moving forward toward new technology, each in their own way — with their own roadmaps.

I also met with entrepreneurs, angel investors and a VC (Venture Capitalist). As Silicon Valley’s engine, startups drive change at ever faster speeds. They pivot until they find traction, build revenues and grow companies. In parallel, angel investors and Venture Capitalists want them to accept investments so they can share the valuable assets (new companies) they create.

Who will win? Will our solutions come from big company roadmaps, market driven startups, or something else?

The real question is where will we find “The Future” we want?

If I could choose a destination I’d choose greatness for everyone. “The Future” should be a world where success and greatness become normal. For you and for everyone.

The source of “The Future” is important. The ones who win will choose. They will own your future and write the story of your life.

 

When startups rule: Change is the new Big. Change eats the slow.

Change has changed: Every day, the future arrives faster. Today’s scope and speed of innovations have expanded.

Innovation is more than new technology. Successful startups can add new tech, new IP, new business models and new ways to live, work and communicate.

When startups win their version of the future comes from finding anything that works, and evolving that into a business:

  • Google: Started in 1996 as a PageRank algorithm to improve Search, became the world’s largest online advertising business.
  • PayPal: Started in 1998 as digital cash for PDA’s, became eBay’s online payments.
  • Facebook: Started in 2003 as an online version of Harvard’s houses’ printed facebooks, became the world’s largest social network.
  • YouTube: Started in 2005 as a way to share short videos online, became the third largest domain by page views, and 17% of peak-period download traffic in North America.
  • Twitter: Started in 2006 as a way to use SMS texting to communicate with small groups using short bursts, became faster news than the news, and a wider social media than Facebook.
  • Instagram: Started in 2010 as photo sharing, became a $1 billion extension of a social networking service.

Startups can become exceptional. The biggest change a lot of people’s lives, but startup companies grow by pivoting until they find what works. That proves their best plans didn’t work.

Can that drive the future we need?

 

Today’s top-down rule: Change is the new Big. The big still eat the small.

The leading companies have created ecosystems that capture customers and drive the future they want. The best ecosystems are from Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft and more.

Each has its own roadmap to build the future it wants — a future they own.

There’s just one problem: Their customers (markets) and startups (potential competitors) change faster than them.

The leading companies are in an impossible race to stay ahead of constant changes. Except they have a powerful weapon — their deep pockets.

Expectations keep rising. Innovations are everywhere. Volatility and speed accelerate. Financial pressures mount as economies plateau, middle class incomes shrink, governments can’t afford everything they promise and customers don’t have enough money to buy the lifestyle they’re trying to live.

Technology’s pace is approaching the speed of thought. If it can be imagined, it can be built.

The “end state” for lots of startups, new technologies and IP is an acquisition. They become part of a leading company’s weapons platform.

The big eat the small, and the biggest want to own the world.

They each have their roadmap, but is that the future you want?

 

Is Change the New Big?

Which Change is the new Big? Change to the future we need

The Silicon Valley meetings exposed the real story. Tech companies want to do good, but their focus is their business. Both startups and leaders want the same future: They win. They’re the leaders.

We’re just like them. Your biggest story is your future. We each want to be the winner in our future. But how will we all get there?

It’s time to look beyond tech.

The industrial revolution has been an unprecedented success. Humanity changed the world forever, taking our personal and economic potentials to unmatched heights. Now that’s forcing us to learn how to cope with success.

During the next decade we will pioneer a new transition in human history, because we achieved so much during the industrial revolution. Here are some of the “Crisis of Success” that will drive us:

  • Population growth to 9 billion
  • Worldwide consumption that threatens the Earth’s bio capacity
  • Rising sea levels from greenhouse gases
  • Mushrooming total debts
  • Shrinking job prospects and declining middle class incomes in advanced economies
  • Unemployment, especially among the young
  • Income inequality
  • Terrorism
  • Fresh water supplies for our gargantuan needs, and more.

Inevitably, these will overtake us because we won’t make sweeping changes in how we live and what we want. We like the way we are. Nearly everyone wants it all, wants it now, and refuses to slow down.

We’re in a race against problems we will keep creating.

This dilemma is also history’s first opportunity to build a far more successful world than has ever existed before. As we leave behind the industrial era, our coming digital world must become far better than we expect.

We need to use our greatness to become more, achieve more, fulfill our potentials.

It’s time to look at tech in a new way. As we become a digital planet, our story isn’t which company’s product or service leads and drives “The Future.” In the next decades, we will become a fully digital world. For the first time, we need to be so capable that we succeed in spite of ourselves.

Without tech we won’t complete our journey or fulfill our destiny. We need tech so we become even greater than we can imagine we will be.

 

Is Change the New Big?

If Change is the new Big, where do you fit in the future?

Since 2007 I’ve been privately developing another way forward. Neither top-down nor bottom-up, it’s new technology to build tomorrow’s more successful digital planet today.

Suppose we could move into a continuously connected digital world that adds new ways for individuals, groups and societies to succeed.

Suppose technology could serve everyone so you can use your continuous connections — with people, devices, apps, services, tools and resources — to build the future you want.

Suppose this new tech were also IP that gives companies incentives to adopt it and use it to capture markets, so building this new kind of future could expand their revenues and profits.

This new technology is named the Expandiverse. It’s an “expanding” digital “universe” that puts everyone in control, so everyone can move to the top of an expanding pyramid. It’s a new path to universal personal success, to collaborative advances, to potential prosperity for everyone regardless of your education or financial resources. This IP will be in force until 2031, when it will become free for everyone to use. Forever.

What if the real owner of your future is you? Would you sit on top of the world’s pyramid, rather than be controlled by it? Would you run your world in the ways you believe are best? Would you enjoy a digital world that’s you-centered, a world that makes money by serving you?

In addition to the future that will come from bottom-up startups and top-down leading companies, there’s now another way. Buildable Expandiverse Technology and IP could be used by both leading companies and startups to produce a continuously connected digital world of the future.

The biggest surprise in Silicon Valley was hearing companies say this is where the tech industry is headed. But we actually talked about the Expandiverse’s family of devices with continuous connections, its shared digital spaces that are you-centered and provide you a digital world that you control — and other specific business opportunities.

They saw its products, services and profits. I saw the future take a step toward a successful world.

If the alignment clicks, the world’s biggest business opportunity might be building our advanced digital Earth. A world where you and everyone can rise to the top, where greatness becomes the norm.

That would be an interesting pivot for our struggling Earth, no?

 

© Copyright 2014 Dan Abelow. All rights reserved. Image credits: Author photograph by Joseph Cristina. The first and third graphics are copyright Dan Abelow. All other graphics are credited to Shutterstock.

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Preface: If our future is digital, what will be the biggest advance?

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By 2050 there will be 9 billion people to feed, clothe, transport, employ and educate. We’re committed to a growth-driven world economy that must inflate for centuries, supplying limitless consumption to everyone. With new tech, could we add a digital world that helps everyone succeed and prosper while working together? Could we become a successful world where greatness is normal?

 

If our future is digital, what will be the biggest advance?

One day greatness will be in our grasp. But rather than waiting, can we reach it now?

Here’s the good news: digital devices have made your life better. Here’s the bad news: although incredibly cool, devices are still in early stages of development. Maybe that’s not really bad, when you think of what’s coming next.

Until now, the devices you’ve had in your hands and on your desks have offered quite both usefulness and fun. But you couldn’t call it a fully digital world yet. It’s not even close.

There are limitations. You switch on your gadgets and wait. Or you have to find the app you want and wait for it. They might have an operating system whose principles you have to follow. They allow you a little creativity, but only a little.

Then your apps or data might not work with another device that you bought, say, last week, or last year. The last time you saw a friend with a new device you don’t have, could theirs be better? Maybe!

Clearly, there is room to dream about new technology.

There’s room to dream about building the world we want, instead of the one we’re turning into.

 

Powerful problems drive powerful dreams

We have reached greatness, but the magnificent size of our successes will be matched by the size of our growing Crisis of Success. By 2050 there will be 9 billion people to feed, clothe, transport, employ, educate and entertain.

Billions are committed to a growth-driven world economy they expect to inflate for centuries to come. As we pursue unlimited growth, our limitless consumption threatens to crowd out everything else on Earth. We are warming the climate, overspending our financial resources, requiring more fresh water than we have, increasing income inequality, diminishing other species and triggering shockwaves whenever we can’t cope with a problem.

Billions of people are at the “bottom” of the economy. The middle class is declining in advanced societies. Youth underemployment is epidemic in many countries. The forecast is for billions to remain stuck for their whole lives.

Many no longer believe today’s leaders can improve this, though today’s leaders are increasing their power and digital surveillance. Leaders want new options as much as everyone else.

Clearly, there is room to dream about a more successful world along with new technology.

 

Can a new digital window display a new future?

This new option started in 2007 with big questions: Can we envision a world where tech helps everyone succeed and prosper? Can that world be designed and built now, without waiting for “the future” to arrive?

The Expandiverse grew steadily through years of private and confidential tech and IP (Intellectual Property) development.

Our world is full of screens. We keep them in our hands, purses and pockets, next to our beds while we sleep, and surround ourselves with screens on our desks and counter tops. Our TV sets are morphing into interactive screens as we put them online so they display everything for free.

What if all our screens, everywhere, were a two-way networked system that turns the Earth into a digital room with everyone in it? What if that networked system brought everyone the world’s best services, resources and knowledge based on what we do, as a normal part of everyday life?

Billions of us. Together. All of us succeeding as much as we choose. All the time.

Let’s dream a little. Let’s dream about technology we could build, about a world we could enjoy.

 

If our future is digital, what will be the biggest advance?

Turn on a you-centered digital world

If your future devices were continuous, your control over all your devices, and the continuous digital world they could open for you, could Expand exponentially.

You switch between multiple screens. When you leave your old screen it stores “where” and “who” you are, then turns off. Your new screen recognizes you, turns on, retrieves “where” and “who” you are, puts you “there.” It is truly automatic.

All sorts of things are in front of you — with you. They could be people, services or places. They could be apps or software, digital content (books, TV shows, movies, music, recorded videos and more), games or live video from events worldwide. They could even be other devices and sources you control remotely.

Your digital life will always be on, always open, always yours. You’ll live in your “Shared Planetary Life Spaces.”

You combine anything into the digital “shared space” you want to inhabit, until you switch to a different one. Then switch again.

In fact, it’s so real that your “shared spaces” move with you across your screens, and become one of your realities. It’s the digital world you choose, where you can live. Always ready for you to use in whatever ways you want.

 

If our future is digital, what will be the biggest advance?

Technology is about to move much faster and converge with entertainment, until life is entertainment and entertainment is life. (Or dare I say it, your lives.)

In the Expandiverse, you will become used to your chosen digital realities being displayed and processed without effort. Multiple screens, multiple identities and multiple transformed video, audio and music feeds will simply appear and you will appear in them.

In your digital life you can walk through a beautiful new dawn. Or your own action movie sequel.

With you as both one of the directors and one of the stars.

You can make any or all of your digital world’s outputs visible to anyone you want. What is still called “publishing” or “broadcasting” can be accomplished in a multitude of ways with a multitude of outcomes.

You are the publisher. You are the broadcaster. You are the digital reality creator.

You choose your private or public audiences. They can use your creation, or appear in it. Or you decide to be the audience and appear inside your digital world.

Much of your life is already you-centered. Next your digital life will let you become the person (and people) you’ve always dreamed of becoming.

For example, Expandiverse technology includes a workaround to death. Since medical science can’t extend our lifetimes to hundreds and thousands of years, the Expandiverse offers multiple identities. Would you consider enjoying multiple lives in parallel? This won’t be for everyone, but for those who can’t get enough out of one short life, it could be their ticket to more lives and a better way to be alive.

In the Expandiverse your life is truly yours. Construct reality to enjoy what makes you truly happy for your fleeting moment, or create an identity and enjoy it for a “life” time.

And tomorrow… which dreams will you want next? How many? Who will you want in them?

 

If our future is digital, what will be the biggest advance?

Your digital life is a real life. Wherever you really are.

For billions of people all across the Earth, yesterday’s world isn’t succeeding well enough or fixing problems fast enough. Too many are stuck, educated, aware, capable and connected — yet locked in a limited future instead of free to soar.

Isn’t it about time that your reality was yours, continuous and under your control? We don’t have this now. But in the Expandiverse, all bets are off and all your digital lives are on.

Something else Expandiverse technology offers is called Active Knowledge. Could we surpass the physical world’s limits on our personal futures? What if the best knowledge, tools, resources and opportunities to succeed could be delivered as part of what we do every day, as we use our screens? Everyone could become able to perform as well as the best in the world.

Then, with a universal interface, everyone could run their entire Expandiverse from everywhere. It won’t matter whether you’re in Silicon Valley or a small village in Africa.

Yes, you will be a global person who connects everywhere. And yes, the whole world and its best knowledge and resources will be local to you, at your fingertips, under your control.

Everyone could rise to the top.

Is it time to Expand today’s limited devices, and Expand today’s limited world?

Should we begin the journey into a digital world where everyone could choose to be their best, where greatness could be normal?

It’s a road with a destination beyond buying the newest cool device, then straining against its limits.

As our digital world grows, devices will have to Expand until your devices can serve you totally. This won’t happen overnight.

But it’s time to start realizing that it will happen.

Unlike any generation before in history, we know how to design and build our dreams.

Expand your mind, and expand your future.

Are you ready to take your first step?

If our future is digital, what will be the biggest advance?

© Copyright 2014 Dan Abelow. All rights reserved. Image credits: Author photograph by Joseph Cristina. The second and fifth graphics are copyright Dan Abelow. All other graphics are credited to Shutterstock.

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE, BLOG OR WEB SITE? You have permission to republish this article in your eZine, blog or website if you republish it unedited and include the following:

Dan Abelow is an American inventor, author, speaker and technology consultant. His latest patent-pending invention, the Expandiverse, is new technology to build tomorrow’s digital world 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/