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The future of reality: A new and open frontier

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In tomorrow’s digital world control shifts to you. Your digital boundaries will dynamically change the CGI green screen world on your devices’ screens. When you can choose who and where you really want to be, we will learn there are many kinds of greatness in all of us. 

It will be new stage of history, an age when we control reality and start choosing everything.

 

Chapter 3.6: The future of reality: A new and open frontier

The next morning, still in the future… 

“Sit down and fasten your seat belt,” your brother says, his face appearing on your teleportal.

“I’m already sitting… on the train to the office. And was working,” you grin.

“Well hang on tight,” he says. “They’re pilot testing a new constructed reality, and it’s turned Washington upside down.”

“Hasn’t reached me yet.”

“I know. I’m here to pull you into it, so pay attention.”

“What’s up?”

He takes remote control of your teleportal, moves himself to a corner of the screen and focuses in the new constructed reality. Before you can stop him he gives it control over your shared space backgrounds.

“Hey!”

“This isn’t business as usual,” he says. “You know the Washington money system that keeps politicians in power forever? Well, this morning it’s a disaster.”

Your screen display splits with four live images of politicians speaking. Two are addressing breakfast meetings, one is giving a news interview and another is a talking head on a morning TV cable news show.

There’s no sound but they all have company logos coming out of their mouths, and three have small red clown noses. Two are wearing clown hats and one is in a full clown suit. Next to each is their name, the amount of money they’ve received this year from their topic’s donors, and the amount of money received from those donors over their lifetime.

“Looks crazy enough for you and the worlds you live in,” you tease your brother.

“These are both Democrats and Republicans,” he says. “The constructed reality uses speech recognition and text analysis to figure out their topic, then it retrieves the amount of money they’ve received on that issue.

“At $25,000 their donors’ company logos come out of their mouths and float up like balloons. If over $5,000 came from an individual donor, that person’s face and name float out of their mouth. If the money came from a group an image comes out, like assault rifles for the NRA.

“At $50,000 it adds a small red clown nose, but they’re careful to keep it small so you can recognize the politician’s face.

“At $100,000 a clown hat is added. It’s bright yellow with a red rim and red ball on top. Can’t miss it.

“Next is the big one. At half a mil they add a full clown suit, but no ruffled collar so you can still recognize their face.”

“I like it,” you say. “The more money they take the more they look like a clown.”

“The clown stuff stays visible until they switch subjects,” your brother says. “Then it goes away. The ‘reality’ spends a few seconds identifying the next topic, pulling the financial data from their records, and alters their appearance while displaying the new amounts of money.”

“I’m shocked,” you say. “This is being done to both Democrats and Republicans. It isn’t about one party attacking the other. It’s the money.”

“That’s the big deal,” your brother says. “This constructed reality is named the ‘Money Party.’ Everyone’s reacting because they’re literally saying that every politician is in the Money Party. They never say their party affiliation.”

“Okay, I get it. Thanks,” you say.

“That isn’t all,” your brother replies. “The big ‘Aha!’ is politicians aren’t as dumb as we think. In fact, they’re smarter than all the rest of us put together.”

Uh, oh.

“The bloggers have started writing about governmental capture in this country. They’re calling the ‘Money Party’ a front for a ‘Power Party,’” he says. “They’re calling the politicians ‘sock puppets’ because they’re so good at beating up each other. They named the Republican/Democrat fights the ‘sock puppet show’ because everyone watches them fight — while the real game is totally ignored.”

“So this Money Party reality moved it out front,” you say. “Nice, but it looks like an app, not a reality. It’s cute, but I’ll stop paying attention in a few hours.”

“You can’t. When I changed your teleportal screens to the constructed reality, it changed your boundary settings. This reality’s overlays are added to Washington politicians from all video sources. Across all your screens, the way you’ll see politicians has been permanently changed.

“Whether you’re watching TV news, a streaming video or any other visual source, your teleportal boundaries will recognize Washington politicians. This new boundary process will show them with payment amounts, mouthed logos, and clown noses, hats and costumes. You’re going to see all Senators and Representatives like this from now on, as Money Party members.”

“Let me get this right,” you say. “Every Washington politician will be in this constructed reality on all screens? The way I see them will always change based on how much money they take on each issue?”

“Yeah, from now on you’ll see them in their real world, the money world. That tweak to your boundaries took me a whole second, but you can turn it off.”

“Wow, I like this new reality. Washington must be in an uproar.”

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“The signups for the Money Party reality are huge. It hit a million its first hour and it’s skyrocketing. A Washington blogger started a campaign to get 10 million Americans to switch their reality so they always see politicians this way, but it’s taking off so fast he upped the goal to 50 million.”

You look at your screen with new interest. There’s some choices and information where menus usually appear.

“What’s this signup to get alerts, by issue and legislator?”

“You can follow your politician or your issues, and be notified every time they open their mouth on one of your hot button topics. You can see them live, or use this to see what they say and their money trail on every issue. Whether live or recorded they appear as clowns based on how much money they accept.

“Hmm. I’m into healthy food, energy that costs too much, global warming, education, and gender issues. Now I’ll see how much money is ‘invested’ in each politician in each issue, every time they open their mouth.”

“Yeah, but the potential power shift is next to those alerts,” your brother says. “There’s ways to post your reactions or outrage with just one click. These include a pledge to ‘Defeat the Money Party.’ If enough of a district’s voters publicly pledge to vote out a ‘Money Party politician,’ that strengthens other candidates who are running to turn over that seat. It gives them a base of potential votes and an issue to run on, plus lots of video of their opponent dressed as a clown. Voters who want change are already asking their friends to sign pledges.”

“So how well does this work technically?” you ask.

“It’s from one of the public interest organizations and they’re learning as they go. Volunteers follow every Representative and Senator to everything they do in public. They stream the video with any kind of device they can, including wearables like glasses and lapel cameras.

“During the pilot they’re getting feedback on how accurately the systems recognize each politician, identify the issue they’re talking about, and display the financial information correctly from the donors.

“When they know it’s right they’ll keep it live, at least through this November’s election.”

“Will that include the primaries, which are coming up?”

“Yeah. It’s timed perfectly. With primaries and then elections around the corner, this is freaking out the politicians.”

Who knew a digital reality could change the world?

 

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A different direction for the world:  You control the realities you live in

How many “constructed digital realities” would you like? What about realities that are more fun, dynamic, artistic, sexy, visionary, informative or simply “cooler” than the one “physical reality” we’ve always had?

“Teleportal processing” can replace backgrounds by blending in people, live places, stored digital content, buildings, data, ads or anything else you can digitally access, retrieve, create or assemble. This turns our screens’ backgrounds into a broadcast stage, with capabilities many creative imaginations can use to transform the ordinary into their own visions and versions of reality.

That imagination could be yours, and you could broadcast it from your fixed, mobile or remote devices. Or it could be any constructed realities that you try out on your screens, then choose to discard or keep, or switch to new ones when you want.

Rather than top-down guidance, these give us the freedom to represent reality in the ways we choose. Then switch between our favorites anytime we want something different.

Here’s examples that might be designed and developed:

Art and music realities:  Artists and musicians can add overlays to locations, adding sculpture gardens, static artworks, dynamically moving artworks, re-decorated buildings, interactive digital responses, musical themes, stingers, singers, songs and surrealism to numerous locations. If you’re creative, what’s your digital calling card? With the numbers of tech-savvy artists and musicians today, daily life could be transformed from ordinary to extraordinary.

A living, natural restored reality:  Environmentalists could use transformative tools to GPS a location, identify its natural plant and animal species, then overlay a fully restored scene over that current physical location — so it appears natural and healthy. These could periodically switch, clarifying the difference between nature and how we live.

Graffiti and comic realities:  Graffiti and comic book artists, and edgy musicians, can dynamically add overlays or substitutions, transforming the world with their divergent creativity. Instead of the same-old places, redecorate daily!

Constructed events realities:  With processing constructed events can be broadcasted. Did you know the President is visiting your daughter’s elementary school right now? Watch it live, here and now!

Alerts realities:  What kinds of alerts would people actually want to interrupt them, so they could see something live? Sound-triggers can broadcast devices’ cameras and microphones:  Babies laughing (anonymously) would attract millions, as well as great advertisers. Guns firing could attract those attracted by crimes, domestic abuse, firearm accidents, political repressions and firefights in war zones around the world. Lots of reality there, no?

Celebrities realities:  Identity-based realities can jump to sightings of celebrities on face recognition “white lists.” Audiences could choose the actors, musicians, sports stars and others they want.

Superhero / sports heroes / cartoon heroes realities:  Use digital resources or extract “super heroes” and sports heroes from different types of movies, TV shows, recorded sports events, comics or other sources. What could be better than Homer Simpson sitting next to you at a meeting, or Spider Man hanging out on the conference room wall? Perhaps having your favorite wide receiver catch a pass behind the email you’re answering.

Healthy / Overstuffed realities:  Reshape the people in a place by digitally slimming them so they’re all height/weight proportionate. Alternatively, inflate or distort everyone so they’re comically parodied. Either way, isn’t making everyone equal the right thing to do?

Militarized / Demilitarized realities:  Use digital resources of uniformed military and police, and their vehicles. Blend them into locations to make them look like police states. Or alternatively, remove police from locations where they are normally positioned, or put flowers in their guns and on their police cars, to make it look demilitarized.

Surveillance realities:  Display “monitored” notifications on all screens using real government agency logos, with popup alerts at the electronic actions they record and track. (Oh no, this is reality!)

Privacy realities:  For those who want public digital privacy, they could put themselves on “privacy lists.” Face recognition would trigger face distortion so when they’re in public their appearance is covered up in camera views and “constructed digital realities.” Who is that masked man?

Scientific realities:  Expand your life with scientists’ imaginations. Sit inside the center of a star, shrink so small you see atoms and molecules move and bond, travel to see galactic rotations, ride the water flow during a dam collapse, eliminate a fundamental physical constant like gravity, or simply live in the worlds beyond your five senses.

Dystopian / Utopian realities:  A variety of ideals may be dynamically visualized and overlaid on everyday places to show what they would be like if each of those ideals came true — or failed. Like the gap between our hearts and some of our neighborhoods.

In the midst of an Expandiverse, new businesses can rise in order to create the visual and contextual elements of a myriad of digital realities. They will create “live” and dynamic backgrounds, which can be automated or selected manually. The user — yes, you, a real person — will simply decide who and where you want to be. A ready-made inventory of options can be presented, ready to enjoy. It’s as if you can have your own permanent green-screen world.

Sophisticated business systems are part of these constructed realities, because larger audiences are worth more. The most popular constructed realities can be well funded, widely distributed and socially shared — new competitors to the physical world’s monopoly over reality.

Wouldn’t you love it if, right now, your world was a truly creative place rather than being GPS-guided turn-by-turn through the lawyer-certified safe routes — one where the landmarks are pre-decided and pre-interpreted by marketers. Maybe that’s why today’s world keeps instructing you to follow the route by the fast-food sponsors’ restaurants.

In your future you could, indeed, decide your worlds will be far more interesting, artistic, musical, punk’d or snarky — worlds where you merge entertainment and life in whatever imbalances make you happy.

And tomorrow, when your worlds are what you decide, what kinds of realities will you want to create and live in then?

 

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Digital becomes so powerful it lets you be who you really want to be

This is not just new ideas, it’s new technology. It’s not a startup pivoting between a product and a service. It’s tomorrow’s technology today.

Expandiverse Technology was developed to accelerate a new kind of digital future into today:  When we’re fully digital, we will control reality.

The big questions may finally turn into real choices:

Who and what would you become, if you have a chance to achieve your dreams?

What would your life be if you could control your world?

What kind of world will we share when each of us has many more ways to choose…

• Our personal goals

• Our devices and screens

• Our boundaries

• Our protections and security

• Our identities

• Our realities

• Our worldwide entertainments

• Our use of the world’s best know-how and resources

…to become the powerful global people we could be, to achieve whatever we choose.

What you decide could become more important — and more powerful — than the limited life today’s society has chosen for you. Everyone will have the ability to choose and develop their best selves in the worlds they want.

Together, our answers will shape tomorrow’s world.

We’re close. A new future is in view. It’s time to consider building the tech to enter a new stage of history. The age when you control reality.

I think it will be a great world, because if we actually have a chance, I believe most of us will choose greatness.

We will learn there are many kinds of greatness — in every one of us.

 

Image credit: The first, third and fourth graphics are credited to Shutterstock. The second graphic is copyright Dan Abelow.

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/

 

Chapter 3.5: In entertainment: Everyone gets the whole world

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Entertainment has evolved since 16th century theater through novels, movies, radio, television, the Internet, electronic games, streaming video and multiplayer online games.

As we become a digital world what will be the next entertainment media? We’re merging tech and entertainment, real and digital, and screens and living. Next the whole world will be yours, with your every desire turned into entertainment.

 

Chapter 3.5: In entertainment: Everyone gets the whole world

It had been a day when the ground shifted under you. At your morning meeting your proposal — a fully digital supply chain — received the go-ahead. Then the CEO’s emergency meeting put that project on steroids. An accelerating future had arrived. Your biggest problem will be building it fast enough. Fortunately tech could move quickly, so you were confident you’d get there in the 5 to 10 years it would take.

But you were definitely ready for a night off.

Your wife had planned the perfect teleportal double date. The two of you would teleportal to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, where you’ll party with a sexy South African couple.

Chapter 3.5: In entertainment: Everyone gets the whole world

Gadgets are the beginning and digital never ends

There’s Carnival in Rio? Gosh, would you love to experience that?

How about sitting in on a class at MIT this morning? Then catch a “live” musical in London? Late afternoon, would you like to attend a press conference by the President at the White House in Washington, DC? Then have a drink to discuss it with your European friends in a beer hall in Munich, after they also “see” the President? Then spend the evening at Carnival in Rio?

You don’t have time to live in airports and planes while you zip back and forth between Boston, London, Washington, Munich and Rio. You don’t have money to travel and physically experience the world’s great events, or its remarkable pleasures every day.

But all this changes with an Expandiverse. Teleportals are digital devices that allow others to participate with you, and switch the background “locations” to shared places, events and content. This turns into more than communications. It’s a way to attend any event from business to education to entertainment. Whether you go to business meetings anywhere in the world, an Ivy League school’s classes or a rock band’s concerts, the world’s treasures are yours.

What will your normal, everyday life become? How will it feel in a world where everyone can live everywhere, experience everything and actually mature into a “know it all?”

As technology advances we’re rapidly improving:

  • The quality of our screens
  •  The cameras that turn places and people into high quality images on our screens
  • The microphones and speakers that increasingly sound like real life
  • The CPU’s that merge them together into a perfectly blended “digital reality” for us to experience, with optional parallax viewing so the image we’re viewing moves as we move around in front of our screens
  • The many sizes of screens and speaker systems we can choose to feel like we’re “there.”

We’re changing our experience from today’s little screens that show a flat image of a talking head. The remote world will be in front of you so that it doesn’t feel remote.  You’ll feel like you’re there, like you’re looking through your screens and you’re at the place you want to be, separated by only a piece of glass.

Over the coming decades we’re going to move into a world where we feel like we’re living everywhere. Without needing to spend days flying there, or money to pay for flights, hotels and rental cars.

 

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It’s the architecture: Your gadgets are just doors into a large digital life

The Expandiverse includes a “Worldwide Digital Events Architecture” — the technical systems to make life in that world normal. With personal notification systems, event directories, event search engines, heat maps and other ways to add and find what appeals to you, worldwide digital events are more than occasional experiences. They’re an industry that provides a way to live that can be run and marketed with a business system whether free, ticketed, subscribed, membership, shared, traded or any other business process.

At any moment you can say, “What’s available to me right now? I want to do something exciting, experience something special.”

Monetization will make it attractive for venues to make themselves “Expandiverse friendly” with the appropriate remote teleportals so large numbers of people can connect there. Remote teleportals are broadcast and connection points so people can connect and share the experience with other people in that place. Even bars and restaurants will want to be destinations in tomorrow’s digital world, so everyone can know and enjoy them.

When you are “at” a digital event, imagine if you could focus on only certain audience members and exclude others. For example, you could be “with” the ones who participate in one or more of your Shared Planetary Life Spaces. They could be family members. They could be business colleagues. They could be someone very interesting, that you met in a bar the other night — a real life one or a digital one. She might be called Sheila. And he might be Frederick.

Naturally, companies could also provide personalized digital experiences for customers or employees as an incentive. Conferences and trainers could hold digital seminars for professionals worldwide. Which would be lovely, especially if they included “live” entertainment for those who might be “present.” But “live” entertainment may itself have an entirely different definition. No, not like today, where singers who dance while they sing don’t actually sing. “Live” entertainment, thanks to Expandiverse technologies, may have far more dimensions and far more believability. Or unbelievability, when that’s what you want.

Until now, we’ve only lived in a local physical world where we’re restricted to experiencing what’s here and now.

There is an entire digital lifestyle possible where you get to experience the best of everything in the world as a normal part of your life. You don’t need weeks of vacation to travel to India or China, or expensive private flights to go on a remote safari in Africa. Instead of needing days to visit relatives on a holiday, or attend the Pope’s Easter Sunday appearance in St. Peter’s square, you can think about, “I want to see the most amazing thing in the world this minute” — and it’s yours.

The Expandiverse is the shift to everyone becoming a global person who is digitally able to be part of the whole world, and live everywhere.

 

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Digital opens the world so you can be who and where you really want to be

Time to let go. Literally. You and your wife dressed for a party at Carnival in Rio. You went to your 10-foot wall-size teleportal, set its video to saturated colors with special effects, switched the surround speakers to concert and dimmed the room’s lights.

When you connect with your South African double date you exchange a long look. Tanya is petite, small boned with a pixie haircut, wearing all black — shiny leggings, a skinny camisole and high heels.

Your wife, Leah, is an elegant brunette who matched her style with an ultra-short and low-cut black dress and stiletto heels. She glanced at you and whispered, “Told you she’d dress hot. Glad I went there.”

Rick, Tanya’s husband, and you both dressed well too, ready to take out these two beautiful girls. You exchanged looks. “We’re very lucky guys,” you said. Rick agreed, admiring both girls as much as you did.

Leah overheard you. “And you’re so very good at making me happy,” she said. Rick and Tanya laughed knowingly.

Tanya and Rick were new and well traveled friends. You just met them recently on a night you and Leah went out dancing, to check out some of the world’s best clubs and meet interesting people.

Rio’s Carnival was a perfect first date. You had suggested spending the evening on sleds in Alaska’s Iditarod race, but they’d been going to Carnival for years and promised a great time.

When Tanya and Rick connected their teleportal, its background was already set in Rio at a Carnival parade with thousands of Brazilians dancing in the street. Its music instantly started pulsing through your speakers. They beckoned you to join them and started dancing Brazilian style in the digital street, surrounded by those already dancing there. The music was irresistible and you moved with it, copying the style of dancing all around you.

Since it was your first time at Carnival, Tanya filled you in.

“The heart of Carnival is the parades. Most first-time tourists head for the Sambodromo where there’s seating to watch the samba schools parade through, do their performances and compete to win. But we love to dance in the street parades — this is where the fun is.”

“How’d you pick this one?” Leah asked.

“It’s easy. We bought tickets to a bloco, a large group of people who dance in a roped off area around a trio electrico. That’s the large truck there with a stage on top, with the band that’s makes the music we’re dancing to. There’s hundreds of them but we picked this one because it’s one of Brazil’s most popular bands with singles and young couples. We’ll stay in its bloco for as long as you want, near its truck. Outside the ropes are the people who watch and dance on the sidelines. Most of them are Cariocas, the people who live in Rio.”

Around you, the people in the bloco are dressed in street clothes perfect for dancing and walking. Tank tops, shorts or loose slacks and t-shirts are everywhere.

“Does this band use mobile teleportals so we can stay with them?”

“Oh yeah.” Rick displayed a stats panel and there were almost 200,000 digital people in its bloco right now. “That number is how I picked it. It’s near the top for attracting the most digital people from around the world.”

He turned on its digital view. The street was instantly jammed with thousands of digital dancers, most of them overlays on each other.

The carnival music pounded them with incredible beats so they danced along with the street and digital gatherings as they talked. The digital dancers were all ages but mostly in their 20’s and 30’s, women with tight clothes and great hair, men dressed equally well. Even the older digital couples were dressed up and people-watching, radiating the same excitement as those who were younger.

Then Rick popped up a teleportal selector to show over a dozen views they could join, and switched them to the band. Suddenly they were on top of the truck, dancing alongside the band, looking out at the bloco surrounding it. “This band is making millions of dollars right now from digital tickets to be in their bloco.”

“Where is everyone?” you joked. “With an audience of 200,000 attending digitally, this looks too light.”

Tanya and Rick brightened and smiled. “Brazil’s one of the sexiest countries on Earth, and Carnival is one of its sexiest events. They’re here, but they’re in other shared spaces, having fun.”

That sounded interesting. “Public or private spaces?” you asked.

“Both. Our tickets come with a party list.” Rick popped up a scrolling list with thumbnails, so you could see each type of party at a glance. “At least half the digital people in this bloco are at one of these parties. Another quarter are at private parties not on this list. They don’t come just to dance in the bloco.”

“There’s all kinds of parties,” Tanya said, “and being Brazil, everyone comes here because they start sexy and get sexier.”

Leah looked at you and winked. “You ready?” she asked.

“You two are fun,” you said, “but our kids are here so we have to pass on any nudity. If you want to go, don’t let us stop you.”

“That eliminates most of the parties,” Rick laughed, “but at most of those nothing happens anyway, just people dancing and partying. At some parties they go as far as you want, but that’s less common. What usually happens is people meet and vanish together into a private shared space.”

“Let’s dance in the bloco for a while,” you said, “Brazil’s a fantastic country. I love the people and want to enjoy them first.”

“There’s some incredible digital dancers here,” Leah said. “Can we focus just them on screen, so we can dance with them?”

“Sure. With or without them knowing we’re dancing with them?” Rick asked.

“Why don’t you have it flicker us on and off for a minute.” Leah suggested. “That’ll get their attention. Then it will be easy to meet and dance together.”

Rick brought up the selector and moved them back on the street. Leah danced over to an amazing digital dancer and started moving sinuously next to him, copying his dance style…

 

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 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/

Chapter 3.4: In a crisis: Retrain today’s world for tomorrow

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With 9 billion people in 2050 that decade will face crises beyond the scope of today’s institutions. As a Digital Earth we could gain new levels of working together, producing results and delivering them real-time, worldwide. Everyone will receive continuous know-how to overcome problems instantly. Our challenge is to prosper by ascending to a digital world that can produce universal success, no matter what the crisis.

 

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One day in the future… 

The CEO had called an emergency company-wide meeting for noon. He didn’t disappoint.

It was exactly 12:00:00 in New York, in the US’s Eastern time zone. Worldwide, every linked teleportal screen in the company turned black for a full three seconds.

The blackness stopped every online connection, every type of computing, every type of communication and media.

Then an alarm started ringing softly from every teleportal, with vibrating and moving abstract shapes faintly appearing on screens.

It grew for five seconds:  The alarm grew louder and the abstract shapes started centering into a ball that was blue, green, brown and white.

Ominous rock music started playing as the shape morphed into a picture of a flooded Earth from Space. Europe was in its center with much higher sea levels. Most of it was under water.

As the music’s driving beat grew louder, that view of a flooded Earth faded into another flooded view, then another. Each new view moved East, showing another region sinking into crisis:

First Europe was flooded…

Then India and Eastern Asia were flooded.

Australia. Flooded.

Then North America and South America.

Then Europe. Again.

 

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The music slowed, softened and turned sad as rapidly changing images took over the teleportal screens, the images dissolving from one to another:  Children and adults suffering, crying, then dying, one after the other. People of all cultures. Individual funerals followed, then graves, then fields of headstones in cemeteries.

Finally the music turned uplifting, smoother, while images of the company in today’s world started appearing. Its offices, people, products, drivers, warehouses, manufacturing plants, and customers using its products.

It had taken less than a minute. Everyone had stopped what they were doing. Attention was complete.

Then the CEO appeared on the screen, a close-up so his face filled the screen. His eyes were bright, alive with the fearless intensity that he was known for.

“The sound of death sometimes starts quietly,” he said softly, with enough bass echo added to make him seem larger than life.

“For decades we’ve been told fossil fuels aren’t that harmful. But the Arctic sea ice melted faster than expected, and now the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are doing the same. Sea levels are rising higher than the climate models forecast.”

The camera started zooming out. The CEO was wearing a full bright yellow rain suit with a red utility vest and gloves. As the zoom out continued, black waders were on his thighs, and a yellow helmet on his head.

He was standing knee-deep in water in a flooded street in what was obviously a Northern European city. The camera held that view for about three seconds.

He held out one arm and turned to one side of the street, the camera followed his gesture to show a closeup of the knee deep water that covered the sidewalk, lapping against the fronts of flooded stores that continued down the length of the street.

The camera panned back so the CEO was re-centered on the screen, standing knee deep in the flooded street.

“Now we’re being told that higher tides are normal. Within decades cities like Miami and New York will start looking like this. So will other coastal cities on every continent.

“This is not normal. Over two and a half billion people live on the world’s coastlines. This is going to force many millions to move from where they live. In a few countries they’ll afford it but in most regions millions of people will try to move to places where there’s no room, no money and they’re not wanted.”

The camera zoomed back in so the CEO’s face filled the screen again. The bass echo in his voice was boosted a touch so his intensity hit home.

“The sounds of death sometimes start quietly,” he said softly.

 

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Disruption for the common good

Worldwide, all the teleportal screens turned black again. A news report filled them, the newscaster saying, “Over two-hundred more flood warnings have been issued today as another serious coastal tidal surge comes ashore this afternoon.”

It switched to another broadcast, with a reporter in front of a group of policemen knocking on the doors of homes:  “Police forces are evacuating coastal towns along the East and North coasts. People are being urged to follow all police evacuation instructions.”

It switched to a news report from a reporter in rain gear with high ocean waves crashing over a coastal road behind him, “Many defenses are being overtopped by the combined high tides, strong winds and tidal surge.”

Then a news broadcast showed a government meeting while a reporter said, “The Environment Secretary is chairing an emergency meeting on the growing need for even stronger defenses against the high tides.”

The dramatic rock music started again, with images appearing rapidly of coastal roads overtopped with waves; harbor shopping streets flooded up to ankle and knee heights; rescue crews in flooded streets pulling small zodiac rafts with elderly couples, women, children and their pets; stranded cars and trucks in flooded streets; and coastal buildings collapsed and damaged.

The music and images faded.

The CEO returned. The camera view was zoomed out. He was standing knee-deep in the flooded shopping street, surrounded on both sides by flooded stores.

“A year ago we stopped believing that high tides are normal. We think we have 5 to 10 years before bigger and more rapid crises start arriving. We finished our plan a few weeks ago but waited for this high tide to announce it. Now, as you see today’s rising sea level for yourself, one thing is clear:  This is the most important all-hands meeting we have ever had.

“Frankly, we don’t know which of the coming crises will be sea levels, weather, politics, resource shortages, tsunamis or earthquakes. We’re here to prepare this company for a world that’s entering an age of crisis.”

 

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A new stage:  Digital becomes real life, with us in control

“A world crisis is a turning point that’s happened many times in history. It’s the epic struggle of man versus destiny. Because we can see this age of crisis coming, we can face it head on with new ways to rise to the top.”

The CEO paused. One at a time, four executives appeared on the teleportal screens next to him. Each was their normal height next to the CEO. The bottom of their legs appeared to be in the water, but they were dressed in business casual clothes and not wet, so were obviously in their offices and not in the flooded street.

“Our strategy is right in front of you,” the CEO said. “As you can see, we’re making ourselves fully digital so we can operate continuously and worldwide even when we’re surrounded by streets that are flooding. When we get to that level we will be able to operate digitally during a crisis, with better performance than we have today.

“There will be four main areas in which we will prepare for this age of crisis. We will become the world’s crisis experts by being ready to react instantly, know how to operate during even years of crisis conditions, and recover after it. Our expanded digital abilities in these four areas will help us prosper instead of fail.”

He pointed to each executive in turn, describing their area and what the strategy will be:

• Design and development:  Employees will be distributed worldwide in safe locations, with continuous connections between all employees, with customers and with outside experts.

• Manufacturing and logistics:  Switch to contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in less vulnerable locations, with continuous connections throughout the world to plan for and deal with business interruptions as fast as they appear.

• Marketing and sales:  Multiple location teams will combine digitally, to provide continuous digital communications with customers and prospects, even when some locations are disrupted.

• Business operations:  These will be distributed to less vulnerable locations and employees on all continents, and merge into one continuously connected team so everything operates from in multiple safe locations.

 “We’re going to spend years getting ready for this. Every one of you will be part of it. Our priority will be protecting you, this company, its supply chain, retail channels and its customers.

“Once we’re digitally prepared, we will be the best place to work if the world turns dark and everyone grows afraid. We’ll be ready, and we’ll take over the market shares of companies that are damaged during each crisis. We’ll acquire our competitors when their prices hit bottom.

“Or, if the world turns digital and avoids this crisis we’ll still be the best company to succeed in that totally connected world. It’s a win-win strategy.

“You’re part of the best group for prospering and doing well in tomorrow’s world — whether we rise above the crisis, or the world we live in starts coming to an end.”

  

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The next daily grind:  Pressures to ascend during an Age of Crisis

We’re rapidly turning into a world of nine billion people, with an economy that’s multiples of today, limitless desires for centuries of unlimited consumption, aging populations, resource shortages and a growing range of disastrous crises.

We’re going to need the ability to work together on problems that are monumental and can quickly turn catastrophic. When they hit, they’re not just going to affect small groups and small regions.

We will find ourselves in situations that are beyond the scope of any of today’s institutions’ abilities to manage.

We’re going to need new levels of connecting immediately to work together, produce results and deliver them. We’ll need a continuous flow of know how to every involved person, so they can instantly deal with something that they didn’t expect but must overcome quickly.

On a monumental scale, we’ll need new capabilities for anticipating, dealing with and recovering from daily events that could turn into potential huge disasters in the world as we know it.

We’ll need much more than survival. We need to become able to prosper — and maintain peace — in ways that will make all of us proud.

One day, we will have no choice but to add entirely new levels of continuous connections and capabilities so we become the people and societies who can manage and succeed in tomorrow’s huge, high velocity and high-risk world.

Starting sooner will be better.

 

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 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/

In the economy: A high-velocity, flourishing world

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One third of the world’s economy is the supply chain from raw materials through manufactured products and go-to-market logistics. Continuous digital communication will add the ability to work together instantly both within and across companies. The world has become today’s supply chain and the economy’s efficiency will be transformed by turning it continuously digital.

 

Chapter 3.3: In the economy: A high-velocity, flourishing world

You’re ready to leap ahead in your meeting. It’s time to show this team a new future for a large part of the economy:  What’s a digital supply chain?

Eighty percent of global trade is part of global value chains. (1) That’s $12 trillion out of $15 trillion in annual world trade. Since world GDP is about $63 trillion, the international value chain is 19% of world GDP. (2) For developing countries it’s crucial:  Value added trade contributes 28% of their GDP. (1) Developing countries also receive most of the world’s Foreign Direct Investment, more than the developed countries. (4, 5) This is a historic turning point because it shows clearly that business has left behind national borders and shifted to worldwide sourcing — from the lowest cost or best suppliers for each type of need — whether components, products, employees or services. (4, 5) Then to move everything, the logistics industry contributes about 14% of world GDP. (3)

Combined, these are a third of the world economy and one of the biggest providers of jobs and employment. They include jobs that start with the raw materials and energy the world needs, then go through manufacturing, warehousing, transporting, marketing, selling and servicing. They include the related services at each step, plus building the infrastructure for all these activities.

The world has become today’s supply chain. It will be transformed by turning digital.

 

Chapter 3.3: In the economy: A high-velocity, flourishing world

 The Future of Business Processes:  Continuous Connections Across Companies

You turn quickly to the large teleportal at the front of the room and say, “Let’s start with our manufacturing and logistics teams.” Pressing a pre-selected focus on the teleportal tablet in your hand, the large teleportal displays a split screen with four live views:

• In the left half the digital manufacturing team is working together online from their multiple locations, above their manufacturing dashboard that shows the company’s production pipeline.

• In the right half the digital logistics team is working together online from their multiple locations, above their dashboard that shows the worldwide flow of products.

“Both of these teams look well connected,” you say while pointing to them. “They’re not. They connect mostly with each other and a few key people at their primary contractors.

“The manufacturing team is stuck with a 6 to 8 week lead time. All they see is the first step in the chain — the orders they enter with their prime contractors — and last step in the chain, the finishing products. They don’t see or work with the subcontractors. Their orders are guesses and they’re often partly wrong. Sometimes customer needs change and they’re very wrong. The logistics team is always trying to pick up the pieces, by sending what’s available to where it’s needed most.

“Instead, let’s get visibility and add connections,” you suggest. “First, we could put cheap sensors in our appropriate products, starting early in manufacturing.” (6) Your hand swipes across the tablet and the large teleportal’s screen dissolves into a world map with millions of lights, mostly in clusters at about 100 locations. The lights are in five color-codes for five product groups, so it’s clear what’s made where. You turn slightly toward the large teleportal and point at the map.

“You’re seeing a simulation. During manufacturing all the products will have sensors that communicate so they can be used to track their current stage in manufacturing. We’ll have a map of our product pipeline and what’s at each stage of manufacturing or inventory, so we can start managing the supply chain at a finer level.”

Your hand swipes your tablet. It adds an overlay to the map on the large teleportal. Colorful curved arrows match the five colors of the five product groups, showing the main flows of product shipments between different regions of the world.

“The sensors also feed the logistics team. During shipment our products will have GPS sensors so our inventory will tell us where it’s located in warehouses, on ships or trucks.” (6)

You press an overlay control on your tablet. On the large teleportal, the world map fills with colored dots, simulating the visibility of your products in millions of offices and homes. “So we can deliver Active Knowledge during product use, we can connect with each of our customers while they’re using our products. That tells us how well they’re used, as well as giving us two-way communication with our customers.”

When you press another control those lights fade but remain in the background. A new set of bright white dots appear over the world’s major cities.

“Next, we will add the continuous involvement of our big customers, the retailers who sell most of our products. They know how much of our products they need to re-stock every day. For the first time we will include that in guiding our subcontractors’ manufacturing, and close the loop between demand and supply. How will that work? All our subcontractors will be added to our manufacturing team’s Shared Spaces so they’re working together all the time. We’ll even include the subcontractors’ key managers with mobile teleportals and wearables — we’ll have minute-by-minute continuous connections everywhere.”

“Here’s the result.” With a new swipe across your tablet the large teleportal’s lights dissolve to a world map that’s titled “Current Inventory:”  Red shows undersupply at retailers who need more inventory to meet demand. Blue shows oversupply available at manufacturers, distributors, in transit or other retailers — so they can be moved to meet demand. Yellow shows locations where demand and supply are balanced.

You pause so they can think about what they’re seeing. “We will constantly know our worldwide supply chain, and continuously collaborate with every part of it. We’ll be more accurate, faster and cheaper in both manufacturing and distribution — with happier customers. We’ll manage the crises and contingencies in real-time, and fix them immediately across all the different companies in our supply chain. Our product pipeline, from the first components through finished assembly, from warehouses to transportation, and from retailers to final customers will all be one continuously communicating supply chain. And our customers will have Active Knowledge so they use our products and services well. Together, this is a huge competitive win.”

 

Chapter 3.3: In the economy: A high-velocity, flourishing world

“Let me show you the difference from today,” you say. A final swipe on your tablet dissolves everything on the map, leaving only the continents and oceans. Over a few seconds about a million small red lights fade in as pulsing beacons, with growing intensity.

“Suppose there’s a product recall. Our recalled product is the pulsing red dots everywhere. Suddenly, we face legal liability and costs everywhere. With this new digital supply chain we will have a new level of continuous connections and responses. Now everyone can be told what to do, so they can pull this product immediately, and do it the right ways. The logistics of disposal or return can be managed and coordinated instantly worldwide.

“If the product is owned by final customers, we will use Active Knowledge to tell them how to dispose of the product, or arrange any reimbursement required. That’s done,” you say, pressing a control on your tablet. About half of the pulsing red dots disappear from the map.

“What if the products are on the shelves at a retailer? They’re gone right away,” you say, pressing another control on your tablet. Another quarter of the pulsing red dots disappear.

“If the products are in a warehouse at a retailer or distributor, or on a ship or truck between them, they’re gone.” You press another control and almost all of the remaining red dots disappear.

“The few remaining products have sensors so they’re picked up and dealt with as they appear,” you say, pressing a final control and extinguishing the remaining red dots.

“No matter what we need to do, a digital supply chain will soon let us work together as a world to do it everywhere. We’re ready to build a new kind of world, one that has continuous digital connections and new abilities in every country and every part of the economy, even with every customer who owns and uses our products.

“The world has never had this kind of digital supply chain before, with the ability to work together instantly in countless new ways. We’re ready to take that step.”

“With bigger sales, happier customers and skyrocketing profits.

 

Sources:

1. UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), Global Value Chains and Development, 32 pages, p. iii. http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/diae2013d1_en.pdf

2. World Economic Forum, The Global Enabling Trade Report 2012: Reducing Supply Chain Barriers, 405 pages, p. 110. http://www3.weforum.org/docs/GETR/2012/GlobalEnablingTrade_Report.pdf

3. O. Memedovic, L. Ojala, J.P. Rodrigue, T. Naula,  Fuelling the global value chains: what role for logistics capabilities?, From:  Int. J. Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2008, p. 358. http://people.hofstra.edu/jean-paul_rodrigue/downloads/IJTLID10306_Memedovic%20et%20al.pdf

4. UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), World Investment Report 2013, 264 pages, p. ix. http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/wir2013_en.pdf

5. Knowledge@Wharton, As Developing Economies Grow, Global Value Chains Reach a Turning Point, October 21, 2013. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/developing-economies-grow-global-value-chains-reach-turning-point/

6. MHL Roadmap, U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics, 62 pages, Nov. 1, 2013, pp. 20-21. http://www.mhlroadmap.org/downloads/MHLRoadmapV2.pdf

 

Image credits: The first and second graphics are credited to Shutterstock. The third graphic is copyright Dan Abelow.

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/

The future of companies: Operate without limits

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Today we track down the best available numbers, guesstimate demand and place orders with primary contractors. 

In the future consumers, vendors, suppliers and logistics will live ion a continuously connected digital economy, and work together in radically more efficient and effective ways. We will move to continuously “on” connections across real-time demand and supply chains. 

Chapter 3.2: In companies: Operate without limitsArriving at your company’s local office is like going aboard an aircraft carrier while it’s cruising at full speed — with everyone at the helm.

An entire floor of a tall building is one open futuristic room with three walls of conference rooms surrounding its central area. In its middle, multiple seating areas have couches, arm chairs and large-screen teleportals on wheeled stands. Its task areas have work tables with wheeled chairs and electronic white board/screens — with its tables  surfaces large-screen teleportals. For desks, scattered cubes are oversized so two to six people can work together in each one. All the areas have more than one teleportal, with configurations like tablets, laptops and flat-panel screens of various sizes.

Activity is everywhere. The company’s global manufacturing team has a couple of members in the local office, in a large teleportal-filled cube. Most of the team is elsewhere but alive on the teleportals, along with a live dashboard and the company’s manufacturing software. Together they’re making real-time decisions and entering change orders in the manufacturing system.

The distribution team is also worldwide and continuously connected 24×7. Its local members are in a task area with the local delivery schedule displayed on the table’s surface. Three dispatchers are live on a large-screen teleportal. They’re rescheduling and adjusting customer deliveries.

Global call centers are also spread worldwide, with local operators in each region. Here local operators greet each customer respectfully in a personal, live focused connection. The company grew its call centers into a 24×7 worldwide team with continuous management. They keep all regions and time zones humming with calls in local languages, times and cultures.

A human resources manager is in an armchair with several large eye-level teleportals. She’s posting new jobs on the left screen, reviewing applicants on the right, and conducting live interviews with the best candidates on the screen in front of her.

In computing’s early days this would have been called multi-tasking. But now it’s just life. Work is digital, just as living, learning and being entertained are digital.

The unexpected happens as you enter your meeting’s conference room.

The company’s CEO interrupts everyone’s screens personally. All employees see him address them personally.

The CEO asks all employees to attend an emergency company-wide meeting in a few hours, at Noon Eastern US time. Employees in Europe are asked to attend even though it will be their evening. Employees in Asia are asked to get up in the middle of their night to “be there.”

Since your one-hour meeting starts at 10 AM and will be over by 11, you decide to go ahead with it, and send a quick meeting reminder to confirm it.

 

Chapter 3.2: In companies: Operate without limits

Teleportal processing makes your screens come to life

As you start your 10 AM meeting, the conference room is almost empty of physical people. Most of those attending are digital, their real locations scattered around the US and Europe, with a few in Asia who wake up in the middle of their night to attend.

The room is set up as a double-wide. A teleportal uses one of the room’s side walls to project a replica of the conference room. The projected replica includes a second conference table, and those attending digitally have their full body images projected there by the teleportal. Its processing blends them in to make it look like one large meeting room with everyone present at a physical meeting.

Because this is an infrequent group you set the digital attendees to display with their name, title and location next to their images.

To open the meeting you raise your voice slightly to address everyone attending, no matter what continent they’re on. “We’ll dive right in so we can end before 11. You’ll have a full hour between this and the CEO’s emergency meeting.”

You stand next to the head of the physical table. A large teleportal screen covers the wall at the front of the room, behind you. You control it with a tablet-size teleportal in your hand.

The meeting’s title is displayed on the large teleportal screen behind you:  The Future of Our Business Processes:  Continuous Connections Across Companies.

You press a control to start a pre-planned effect. The title dissolves into a live view of the Earth at night from a satellite’s remote teleportal. Asia is at the center, its cities lit brightly, the clouds brightened slightly, the oceans dark.

You touch a control to apply a filter, making most of the lights go away. “The lights that are left are colored yellow,” you tell the group. “These companies are in our supply chain, and we have very limited contact with them.”

You look around the room. “The only part of our company that talks to suppliers is our manufacturing team. Some of you are on it. You work with the lead suppliers who are our prime contractors, and you don’t work with their sub-contractors.”

You press another control to add another filter. A splash of about 20 green lights are added to the yellow ones. “The green lights are our distributors. They move the components from the sub-contractors to the primary contractors, and then move the finished products around the world to retailers.”

“Our logistics team has the same limits when it works with our distributors. We talk to the primary distributors at the top of the chain, and we’re out of touch with the rest of the distributors at lower levels.”

You press a control and the Earth spins slowly, showing a time-lapse recording of night and day, the shadows of night and dawn moving across the world, its cities twinkling at night.

“It’s the same everywhere. We work directly with only the top of our manufacturing and distribution pipeline. We depend on a supply chain that uses sub-contracting, so we don’t even need to talk to them.”

“We think we only need to know our sales, the orders pipeline that feeds our manufacturing and distributions decisions.”

While you speak you switch to a different satellite without any filters. The Earth dissolves into a fixed daytime view of the planet. Great Britain and Europe are at the center with a swirl of clouds around the North Pole, Africa at the bottom, and night’s shadow over Eastern Europe.

“Yet here’s an example of how well our company communicates.” You activate an automated transition and the view rapidly zooms the Earth closer. As the ground grows rapidly London appears and swells to fill the screen. The view drops through light clouds and plummets right toward Harrods, one of the most famous department stores on London’s Knightsbridge, one of the most exclusive shopping streets in the world.

Plunging through the roof at Harrods the view auto-switches into the office of a head buyer at Harrods. He is in a meeting but looks up and smiles.

“Hi Basil,” you say. Basil winks and goes back to his meeting while the view switches to an overview of his office. “Yeah, we set up a focused connection with Basil, but you get the point. We work personally with everyone we think is important to us, everywhere in the world.”

“We also do more,” you say, activating another control. The teleportal’s view zooms out of the buyer’s office and flies through a map inside Harrods. It stops on a view of the store’s cosmetics and perfumes floor, from that area’s ceiling. They look down at the sights and sounds of shoppers.

“We’re in Harrods’ perfume and cosmetics section.” You move the view down to where you’re looking across the shoppers from just above eye level.

You activate a data filter and say, “We’re now identifying each shopper and valuing them, just like every retailer does. Their net worths come from credit reporting services,” you add, as a colored name and number appears over each person’s head — green for highest, yellow for average and red for those with a negative net worth.

“It’s great that we can see and do everything on the retail side, but it’s appalling that we don’t have this kind of visibility and connections inside our supply chain.”

“The goal of this meeting is to change that.”

 

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 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/

Shared Planetary Life Spaces: A new day. Together.

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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.

 

Chapter 3.1: Shared Planetary Life Spaces: A new day. Together.

 

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.

 

Chapter 3.1: Shared Planetary Life Spaces: A new day. Together.

 

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/