Our growing Crisis of Success comes from who we are: Everyone wants it all, wants it now, and won’t stop. But our problems are opportunities to use new tech to remove our ceilings. Expandiverse Tech adds a leap-ahead fast finish: Move everyone to the top of the pyramid by making everyone knowing and powerful, with the world’s best abilities. Stop thinking about our limits and start wondering what we can do.
We’ve discovered an astounding secret. Our greatest achievement is the source of our biggest problems.
When the Industrial Revolution began in about 1800, worldwide GDP was about $195 per person per year. By 2000 this had zoomed to $6,539 per person per year. (1)
In a similar escalation, in 1800 the total human population was almost 1 billion people. (1) Due to advances in health, food and lifespan, by 2050 the United Nations forecasts the total population will exceed 9 billion. (2)
These two centuries have been an unprecedented success in human history. We’ve achieved a lot, but the higher we climb the bigger our fall could be. I call these problems the “Crises of Success.”
- Sustaining a population of 9 billion at ever higher living standards
- Worldwide consumption that threatens the Earth’s bio capacity
- Fresh water supplies for our gargantuan food, industry and living needs
- Rising sea levels from greenhouse gases
- Mushrooming total debts
- Shrinking job prospects and middle class incomes in advanced economies
- Unemployment and underemployment
- Income inequality
- A cataclysmic mass extinction from our crowding out other species
These problems come from who we are: Nearly everyone wants it all, wants it now, and refuses to slow down.
A sweeping redirection can’t be made in time. We don’t want to rebuild the world we have, because it’s the world we want. More people want more of everything, not less. The more we all succeed, the bigger we make our coming problems.
We’re racing against the crises we keep creating. The biggest “Crisis of Success” is us. And we’re proud of ourselves.
That puts us on the hero’s journey. We’re driven to face ourselves even when we don’t want to. The old ways and old thinking got us here. We have no choice but to test our limits and find a new ways to succeed.
We’re the generation that’s trapped by humanity’s huge levels of success. We’re the people who must find our way far higher, and reach humanity’s full potentials. To emerge triumphant we must join history’s greatest heroes. We’re driven into our nexus by our self-inflicted doomsday. And we have to do it quickly.
Our reward for history’s greatest successes will be endless problems unless we top all of history and soar to the highest levels we can imagine.
Arriving from the Future: A new lever to pry open the top
This dilemma is also an opportunity to build a more powerful world than has ever existed before. As we leave behind the industrial era, our coming digital world must become far more capable and successful than we expect.
Our forced transformation is to become our best, to fulfill all our potentials: As individuals, groups, societies and as a planet.
With the first ideas in 2007, I spent years in private development of a far more powerful future. The Expandiverse is new technology and IP (Intellectual Property) to build tomorrow’s digital world today.
This digital transformation comes from looking ahead and seeing that the Earth will inevitably be built into a digital planet. The Expandiverse leaps ahead, specifies that future world’s technology and shows how to accelerate it into the present.
We can already feel it coming. We’ll all be using 1 or 2 screens at once, and have screens around us all the time. It’s just a question of when and how we’ll build it, learn to benefit from it and take advantage of it.
With acceleration, the Earth can become one digital room with everyone in it sooner than we expect.
This replaces today’s incremental steps with a leap-ahead fast finish, using technology and IP for tomorrow’s digital Earth. A quick summary is in the Expandiverse Technology Continuum:
A family of “fused devices” is its left column. These replace today’s siloed devices with a family of continuous devices that are you-centered. They’re like an automatic door that follows you and opens and closes as you switch from screen to screen. Your digital services, communications, resources, etc. are always on and instantly usable as you switch from screen to screen throughout the day. Your devices support you, move you to the top of the pyramid, and make you knowing and powerful with the full digital world’s resources and capabilities at your fingertips.
A back-end infrastructure is its right column. Everyone in the world gains the world’s best abilities whether they are in Silicon Valley, Singapore or a small town anywhere in the Americas, Asia or Africa. This delivers the ability to succeed by making the world’s most powerful abilities local to you, continuously serving you, on all your screens.
Components for individuals, groups, human services and the world are in its center column. Some of these are:
“You-centered” digital lifestyles with continuous connections to your people, services, places, tools and resources, entertainment and more.
You’ll have multiple Shared Life Spaces for the different parts of your life (like family, work and friends).
There are also boundaries like privacy (which includes public, private and secret).
There’s services like Active Knowledge that increase success during tasks and could replace a lot of searching, while embedding e-commerce could replace a lot of online retail.
Can technology remove today’s ceilings?
This is just in time because we’ve discovered a second astounding secret. We’re the people who must overcome today’s “Crises of Success.”
We’re the people who create these crises. We’re the people pushing the Earth to its breaking point. Asking us to fix ourselves could be more of a comedy than a hero’s journey!
Unless we don’t have to give up our problems. Unless there’s a new way to outgrow our impacts.
It’s not enough for 200 or 2,000 people to work on a problem. What happens to a problem when 2 million or 20 million people work on it? What happens when solutions are automatically delivered as optional Active Knowledge to 200 million or 2 billion people? What happens when the metrics from our resulting actions are gathered, reported, and optimized so the strongest successes rise to the top of the Active Knowledge that’s delivered next? What happens when the best results are continuously measured, and better solutions are continuously surfaced and distributed in an advancing global wave?
With Expandiverse Technology, everyone connected can help create and receive the world’s best knowledge so they can perform at higher levels, regardless of their education level.
It’s a new kind of lever. Technology that helps everyone, gives us new ways to interact, to solve problems, to get ahead. To enjoy life in an increasingly successful world.
The Expandiverse has a new word for this evolution — AnthroTechtonics: “Anthro” for people, “tech” for technology, and “tectonics” for shifts large enough move the Earth.
As we gain new kinds of continuous connections and interact, we will connect many new pieces and solve the next great puzzles. We will decide how our pieces fit together, and what our future can be. We will decide what to apply, and we will see if it works or not — and if we want to share so others can use it.
Stop thinking about our limits. Start wondering what we can do.
Until now, the world’s Crisis of Success have been impossible to solve. Current thinking takes us deeper. New technology didn’t exist. But as today’s world turns digital, we can start using this new technology to interact and advance with new speed, scope and skills.
Instead of this taking decades, Expandiverse Technology includes a potential timeline to get up to speed in one decade.
Today, leading companies and startups could supercharge their products and services. They could create new conditions for everyone to ignite their personal and group digital engines. They could gain “first mover” competitive advantages and capture markets.
That could accelerate the future into the present, for the benefit of today’s generation.
Even if not done right away, this advance is now available. It could be triggered by a large crisis (in a fundamental area like energy, food, water, climate, social unrest, etc.). That could accelerate its development and provide a “rapid progress” opportunity to become a far more capable digital world.
However it happens, it will happen. Today’s Internet child will grow into an adult Digital World.
The journey to our full potentials has begun. Like it or not, our generation is about to become tomorrow’s heroes.
(1) DeLong, Bradford J., Estimating World GDP, One Million B.C. – Present, Department of Economics, U.C. Berkeley. http://econ161.berkeley.edu/TCEH/1998_Draft/World_GDP/Estimating_World_GDP.html
(2) Revised UN estimates put world population at over 9 billion by 2050, UN News Centre. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=30159&Cr=family#.UhaH7RZEfao
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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 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/