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AnthroTechtonics: What if everyone improves all the time?

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A fully digital planet will transform how we live, earn, spend, learn, solve problems and be entertained. Picture a real-time global wave based on measuring success, with solutions delivered for personal gaps through optional Active Knowledge. Continuous online communities will add larger and more powerful solutions. With Expandiverse Technology everyone can rise to greatness, so greatness will become normal.

Chapter 2.5:  AnthroTechtonics:  What if everyone improves all the time?


If we could all reach for greatness today and every day, we would live in a different kind of world,

We all have different goals, but what if it became normal for most human beings to become quite good at many things? One output of Active Knowledge (AK) is that we may learn more quickly the best ways of achieving our goals, then reach for them. Wouldn’t most people choose to be successful?

After all, when each new type of performance is learned, measured and delivered as part of doing, what kind of world would it be if far more people actually succeeded at what they set out to do? And what kind of world would it be if far more people took action to leap ahead quickly as they see others like them advance and prosper.

Well, our world might become one with huge, unexpected surges forward as people and businesses reach for what they want – creating new prosperity conditions as they expand activities, consumption and market sizes.


An “AnthroTechtonic” world:  Everyone is in control

“AnthroTechtonic” is a new name for a world that can surge forward repeatedly. This new word is a portmanteau of “anthro” for people, “tech” for new technology that accelerates human success, and “tectonic” for the impact, magnitude and speed of large numbers of people who achieve much more. It’s a digital society’s equivalent of plate tectonics’ earthquakes, volcanoes and mountain ranges.

Chapter 2.5:  AnthroTechtonics:  What if everyone improves all the time?


It’s possible that an AnthroTechtonic society will reveal three hidden truths:

1. We can each become effective and great beyond anything we have yet imagined.

2. Together we are immensely capable.

3. Today’s greatness can become tomorrow’s new standard.

Glimpses of our coming AnthroTechtonic world surround us. Large numbers of people have used online connections to swarm into new options starting with the Internet. Some of these examples include search, e-commerce, free Skype calls, blogging, maps with GPS directions, Instagram, Twitter, Cloud services, global ecosystems from Google/Apple/Facebook/Amazon, and more.

What’s next? Some new possibilities are in Expandiverse Technology:

• New continuous devices will follow you, serve you and respond to you… rather than the other way around.

• As you use your continuous devices, Active Knowledge will find you so you can succeed in many more tasks.

• E-commerce is embedded in Active Knowledge, so you will see your gap from the “best” and can switch immediately to what’s better, or even to what’s best.

• Easy switches could include buying, renting, subscribing, free trials, free use, or other options.

• One possible switch could be to use any part of the whole digital world as your personal resource, with Active Knowledge guidance, to reach a high level of achievement rapidly.

• By using your continuous screens to do and to live, a powerful and capable world will support you as part of everyday life, to improve your future faster and farther than what we can imagine today.

• By being connected to tomorrow’s networks, the same could be true for everyone, perhaps even billions around the world.


New ways to win open new markets and stimulate economic growth

Suppose we could all improve our abilities and lives faster and farther than what we can imagine today. What would you do with new abilities at your fingertips? Are you ready to dream again? Are you ready to live in a world where your — and everyone’s — dreams could come true?

Imagine a new app that continuously monitors your health from the smart phone you have with you throughout your day. Imagine it connected to back-end services that can provide you optional tips as you live your life — you turn its different kinds of tips on or off as you want them, and you use its guidance or not as you decide. At any moment you can glance at your personal dashboard and see how close you are to good health, your unique options, and the steps that you take (or not) to stay healthy. Your personal health is no longer an abstract goal. It’s steps you see, understand and control. You always see as much as you want about setting your personal goals, and receiving the guidance you want so you can do what you choose, as you go through your day.

A world this dynamic, this self-driven, would surely become better and more enlightened, as well as fun and entertaining, when everyone could set personal goals and become what they choose. Many would enjoy wider options, a swifter pace and more progress — in both adventures and achievements.

Once we reach this kind of future how quickly might new changes develop and happen? How quickly might different kinds of people decide to start many kinds of new advances? Would 5,000 or 50,000 people get excited about an advance and trigger a new goal, then maybe 50 million or 500 million people reach it? Could we flip societies’ pyramids and start enjoying more winners than losers, in the ways we each define winning? How might that affect the ways and amounts we consume and how executives run their businesses?

For one thing it would mean part of the retail channel would shift inside our devices and tasks, to the point of Active Knowledge use. If doing leads to AK deliveries of our best choices, the buying surges we activate in these leaps ahead may drive soaring revenues and market share shifts. Streams of advances will lead industries, not just companies.

Chapter 2.5:  AnthroTechtonics:  What if everyone improves all the time?


For another thing it suggests AnthroTechtonic societies whose people could advance rapidly in the many ways they choose, with a new platform for overall human advances that might surpass anything we’ve enjoyed so far.

Once your Active Knowledge gets to know you, your possibilities can be endless — but more importantly, actually attainable. Isn’t this the ideal of what education is trying to teach today, from pre-K through Stanford and Harvard? An AnthroTechtonic society reaches everyone and enables them to think about what they want, take action, pursue goals and take the steps they want toward their life’s dreams.

All the time. Everywhere. By billions of people. Whose individual choices will drive an AnthroTechtonic world.


Image credit: The first graphic is 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 2.4: The future of the tech industry: Buy your own or universal access

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Until now the tech industry has disrupted other industries. What if the tech industry were turned into a shared resource by people and businesses that need income, and want to benefit everyone? Everyone could use the world’s best devices, software, tools and content — with Active Knowledge guidance. Could everyone gain superior abilities and achieve upward to the top of society?


The future of the tech industry: Buy your own or universal access


Could everyone reach greatness if they use the world’s best devices, tools and content — with Active Knowledge guidance? One path to this is the sharing economy, also known as “collaborative consumption.” In this new economic model ownership is shared or rented, with wide access replacing each person having to buy each product and pay for all of it — then have it sit unused, waiting, most of the time.

With collaborative consumption everyone can use accessible products and services. The sellers and customers include people, startups, and many kinds of corporations who sell or rent products and services.

Old versions of shared ownership are already everywhere. Today’s “home owners” live in houses that are owned by banks (until the mortgage is paid), and drive cars owned by finance and auto companies (until the loan is paid or the lease runs out).

What’s new is collaborative consumption that lets everyone become a seller and a customer. When I go on a trip I can get rides in other people’s cars through Uber or Lyft, stay in an unoccupied living space through Airbnb, use any of 21 million local WiFi hotspots for free through Fon, use office space through Desks Near Me, eat home cooked meals from local people through Eat With a Local, employ a local freelance staff through oDesk, and realize there are many alternatives to traditional vendors.

Sharing’s appeal snowballed when Airbnb’s valuation was estimated at $2.5 billion, Uber’s valuation was rumored at $3.5 billion, and the range of sharing transactions reached a jaw-dropping $110 billion. (1)

With this opportunity, $2 billion in investment funding has poured into over 200 collaborative economy startups, averaging $28 million per company. (2) In reality these companies are in a wide range of categories like skills, money, equipment, electronics, office space, fashion and much more. (3)

Multiple systems enable this shared economy:  Websites match sellers and customers, GPS clarifies locations and directions, reputation systems enable trust, and online payments simplify transactions.

At their core, the point is replacing one-customer-at-a-time ownership with wide access.

Considering that the tech industry isn’t creating enough good jobs to replace the jobs their new technologies take away, individuals can monetize their idle tech resources by making them accessible — for a price — to others. This could be especially important since both individuals and businesses need new ways to make a living.

Until now the tech industry has been disrupting others. But what if the tech industry were turned into a shared resource by people and businesses that need income, and want to benefit everyone?

How would that change the world? What kind of advanced digital planet might we become?


The future of the tech industry: Buy your own or universal access


How could new tech and IP disrupt the tech industry?

Think of all the different pieces of electronics that you use today:  Each designed by different people, each for its own purpose.

If you want to use them simultaneously, very often that just isn’t possible.

Inside, they’re all just digital devices. That’s it. Nothing more. They all find, open, display, fast forward, edit, store, connect and all that.

With Expandiverse Technology one part of it is Remote Control Teleportaling (RCTP). Imagine if you could use a growing number of devices all over the world, enjoy their entertainment, create with their software, use their services.

With RCTP, you can harness your different machines — and others’ — and get them on the same page, synchronized to the screens you have. Or rather, you could do this using a new family of devices — Expandiverse Teleportals — or even Virtual Teleportals which run on your devices.

It’s like having language translation. RCTP acts as the electronic translator for and to the devices and allows them (forces them, actually) to get along with you.

Sounds unifying, but is that enough to change the future of the tech industry?


An Expandiverse world with the best resources for everyone

We each have devices that perform all kinds of very specific functions and store all kinds of apps, software, pictures, books, and other content. But what you need is a way to pool together your stuff with everyone else’s stuff, into a world of superior abilities. So you register a whole or part of a device with an Expandiverse Subsidiary Device Server (SD Server), which provides access to others, for example, your devices when they’re unused and available — at least when you’re sleeping, or at work and not using your personal PC’s, laptops and TV cable boxes. Or access to your expensive photo editing software. Or to your entertainment and books on your devices. Or to the whole of your Beyonce Art Gallery.

Once your devices and their content are accessible from an SD Server, anyone whom you designate or has access to that SDS can gain access to your registered devices, tools and content.

Privately, companies could give all their employees a larger and more powerful company-wide platform to do their work. They could optionally provide their customers with new tools and resources, whether as a free benefit from being a customer, as a paid subscription with unlimited use, or simply pay-by-use.

In the market, customers might even pay to rent what they need when Active Knowledge guides them to a better device, software or content. The payments would go to each device owner — you if it’s your device — and perhaps a cut could go to the original vendors if they require that to enable your income.

In return, everyone can access others’ devices, software and content through one or many SDS’s, without needing to buy and own each piece.

What’s the potential evolution? An advanced digital planet where everyone can access the world’s best resources. Superior abilities arise when everyone uses the world’s best devices, software and content without needing to buy every piece.

Here’s a global example. Every year, hundreds of millions of working devices are replaced with new ones and turned off. What if they were left on fully-loaded, with their software and content registered with SDS’s for school kids from low income neighborhoods to use, whether from across town or across the world?

Just because they’ll use last year’s devices, don’t think of these kids as behind. You’ll shift them a world ahead of where almost everyone is today — propelling them into a mutually supporting “shared world” with almost no effort on your part.

Then, with their ability to learn tech, plus constant Active Knowledge guidance, today’s low income kids will leap into tomorrow’s digital world. Their performance will soon equal adults who use the newest devices. As they grow up they’ll switch to SD Servers that let them access the world’s best resources.

It’s happened to music. It’s happened to news. Why not devices, software, content and everyone who lives in our coming digital world? Why not offset carbon by switching to bits instead of physical goods? The tech industry needs a Napster. A very futuristic Napster, to be sure.

Expandiverse Tech could use Active Knowledge, Remote Control Teleportaling and SD Servers to rocket billions of people into a digital world that delivers superior abilities and achievements to everyone.

Why worry about second chances, when you can give everyone a first one?


The future of the tech industry: Buy your own or universal access

A future tech industry where everyone runs the world

Imagine using the entire world’s devices and resources without having to buy separate devices, separate software, separate services and a ton of, oh, goodness, content like movies or books.

Wouldn’t it be liberating if our digital world’s resources could be visible, shared by everyone, and even the content owners could be paid?

Wouldn’t it become a different world if digital access could be as simple as Active Knowledge pointing out your gap from the top, and providing you one-click use of the best devices, tools and resources? And wouldn’t you be a more capable person if Active Knowledge immediately guided you in how to use the best tools to perform at the best levels?

Billions of people could be like you. Everyone could move to the top of the world by successfully using the best devices, software, content, tools and resources.

Where would they get them? One business model is from the owners of tech devices whose installed connectivity, software, content and services enable them to rent out the unused capacity of their devices and services. And profit from others’ uses.

For companies, three business models include “company as a service,”  “provide a platform” and “motivate a marketplace.” (2) In each of these the vendor receives an estimated 10% to 30% of the revenue, sometimes with others doing the marketing, management and maintenance. These could grow as large as an entire platform, ecosystem or online marketplace. Yes, there could easily be enough SD Server companies and tech industry products to go around.

Here’s one more small thought.

In the same way that the tech industry used the Internet to disrupt so many “pre-digital” industries, Expandiverse Tech and IP could create new opportunities that change some tech hardware, software and content companies.

Sales and payment systems will evolve since vendors could get paid for usage when everyone starts using the world’s best resources.

Will we hear tears, or a global sigh of relief? Or even a Hallelujah or two?


The future of the tech industry: Buy your own or universal access

Expand your mind and expand yourself

When Expandiverse Tech and IP accelerate the future into today, you can be everywhere and use everything. How much more will you want to be?

As you experience doing more and becoming more, will you choose to be all you can be, as so many advertisements constantly urge us?

With this technology you can truly imagine and realize how many different things you might do and people you might be — simultaneously.

Instead of planned obsolescence, the devices in your hand would let you use the world’s best devices, software, services and entertainment — while being the person (or combination of people) you’ve always wanted to be. You can actually be a cross between Jet Li and Bruce Lee. If that’s what you want. Or both of them. And Spike Lee, too.

Yes, you can become the ideal person (or people) that you’ve always had in your head.

You can have it all:  Access to the world’s best devices, software and content. By climbing off the constant upgrade treadmill, you escape the need to spend, spend, spend. While gaining the best, best, best.

Do you see how your horizons can expand? Is the future of the tech industry selling a separate product to those who can afford that financial sinkhole, or providing an accessible digital world where everyone uses the best resources so everyone can rise to the top? Or both?

Can you feel your mind and expectations expand? You’re starting to see the Expandiverse.




(1) Horowitz, Sara, “It’s Time For The Sharing Economy To Become The Sharing Society,” Nov. 6, 2013, http://www.fastcoexist.com/3021147/its-time-for-the-sharing-economy-to-become-the-sharing-society

(2) Owyang, Jeremiah, “The Collaborative Economy,” Altimeter Group, June 4, 2013, http://www.slideshare.net/fullscreen/Altimeter/the-collaborative-economy/2

(3) Directory, Collaborative Consumption (website), http://www.collaborativeconsumption.com/directory/


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 2.3: The future of Commerce: If you live, you win.

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With tomorrow’s continuous connections, Active Knowledge will be embedded in everything we do digitally, aware and ready to help us succeed. Embedded commerce will help us switch to what’s best. This 1-to-1 marketing channel skips search, eliminates ads and bypasses retail. When our needs are known, instant solutions will be part of everyday life, constantly elevating everyone to the top.


The future of Commerce: If you live, you win.


Imagine you’re surfing the world’s most powerful digital wave:  You’re hot-dogging the leading edge of the future, checking out the action on what’s better, enjoying a service that helps you score as fast as you choose to rise.

Want what’s best? Done!

Want the most fun? Awesome!

Want to be more productive? Zoom!

Want to be happier? Go there!

This service — Active Knowledge — instantly brings you knowledge of what’s best. It lets you switch to that immediately. Your ability to use your new option is guided. Your adoption speed, effectiveness and results blow your mind. You can equal the best anywhere.

Even more powerful, you’re not alone. Imagine everyone surfing this wave of the future with you, the whole world pushing for a kick-out that lifts all our boards over the tops of our waves — together making this the best world it can be. The best we’ve ever been in history. You and everyone, surfing the waves that set us free to become what each of us wants to be.

Could that be our future? How could we turn a corner, enter an accelerating world, and get stoked on weapons-grade advances?

Welcome to the future of commerce in the Expandiverse.

Its secret combines embedded commerce, continuous connections and Active Knowledge.

Let’s visit the past for a minute, to see how today can turn into tomorrow.


The future of Commerce: If you live, you win.

Visit yesterday to see today

Ancient history is 1990, when we were stuck with payphones and landlines. If you wanted a microprocessor in your life you used DOS to run a green-screen PC or a heavy laptop. There were no browsers or websites. Networks were for corporations and universities. People used slow, loud modems that dialed up telephone connections — even AOL for Windows didn’t start until 1992. There wasn’t much to dial into.

While drinking a coffee one morning, I was thinking about a world of the future where we would have many microprocessors around us. With many things digital, these devices would also add communications and turn interactive.

With two years of work, that seed grew into a digital communications patent whose abstract said, “The resulting two-way interactive media enables relationships to be built with individual customers and groups of customers throughout a product’s or service’s life cycle. This new medium provides a worldwide way to transform the use of products and services into interactive two-way dialogues.

Of course that didn’t happen in the 1990’s, but it’s how we live today through our mobile phones and tablets, and in a growing range of other products and services.

Part of that patent’s spec said, “The net result is the Vendor extends their ability to provide services and sales to their Customers right into its products, and provides the means for its Customers to obtain services and to conduct transactions as one of their product’s internal features.”

Filed in 1992, this patent went through an entire life cycle of waiting for the world to catch up, being bought, licensed hundreds of times by its new owners, and expiring. Today it’s old and free technology, available for everyone to use to live online and wonder about the future.

Now let’s dive into tomorrow, which will feel as far out as today’s online world did 20 years ago.

Except we’re advancing faster, and tomorrow could turn into today while we blink.


The future of Commerce: If you live, you win.

E-commerce looks developed, but we’ve only just begun

The old model was physical retail stores. Get in your car, go to the store, find the products and learn about them by touching them and asking a salesperson questions.

Today’s online e-commerce is on-screen. Use search to jump to the product, compare it to others, use reviews by customers and analysts, then find the best price and purchase. It’s spectacular for gift giving because presents are wrapped and delivered for you. Hours of work reduced to a few clicks.

But e-commerce is still a baby, learning to walk as it adds mobile, showrooming, social (like Pinterest), communities and more. Amazon, it’s leader, keeps fighting to stay ahead by adding new Kindle devices, faster delivery from local warehouses, and instantly playable videos to sell immediately usable products.

Tomorrow, online stores will be “yesterday’s” obsolete model. They start with customers having to “go” to them online. Then they stop at purchase and delivery. Their marketing lifecycle is only “find, buy and deliver.” That will be too short.

The entire product lifecycle will soon enter the marketer’s sandbox: After buying, from “receiving through configuring through using through servicing and upgrading” — every minute of the life cycle enters marketing’s touchpoints. Every gap is an opportunity to make each customer the world’s best and happiest and greatest — during every minute he or she is awake.

Embedded commerce will redefine marketing as full product lifecycle connections that are part of everything we do, aware of what we’re doing, knowing the gap between each of us and the world’s best, always ready to help everyone get what they need. After delivery, it shows you how to succeed while you use your new product or service, making satisfaction and success normal.

Embedded e-commerce will tailor itself to all the steps in the product life cycle, holding your hand when you want, making sure you get what you expect.

Within a decade or two years rich prizes will be seized by online retailers and vendor marketing departments that grasp continuous digital connections:

  • Awareness of everyone’s immediate needs.
  • An embedded relationship, with an opportunity to help instantly during many tasks that include a screen or interactive device.
  • User control over displaying Active Knowledge messages, forcing real contributions so they’re not turned off.
  • The ability to show gaps and add improvements with an immediate transaction as soon as “more” is wanted.
  • Multiple options so everyone advances at the cost and speed they want:  Choices will include buying, renting, trying online, sharing or free use.
  • Instant “delivery” of online products and services, including physical products that can be run right away by remote control — whether they are bought, rented, shared or used for free.
  • A fast-adapting relationship that learns your personal goals and preferred touchpoints, then delivers tailored Active Knowledge that anticipates your needs when you’re likely to have them.
  • Two-way loyalty and a “you” focus, because everyone can switch until they find the set of retail and vendor relationships that serve them best — then keep switching as they find better resources.
  • Community sharing, with new and better Active Knowledge sources shared widely, producing the usual “winner takes all” growth rates of tech’s leaders.
  • This new channel will move inside every part of our digital lives. It will be invisible to competitors:  Search will be skipped (uh oh, Google), advertisements eliminated (Google again?) and online retailers bypassed (um, Amazon). Embedded commerce connects vendors and customers at the moment of need, using one-to-one connections to build relationships and communities of successful and satisfied people worldwide.

When some marketing departments do this well, watch out. Their companies’ sales will show it while their competitors will run screaming to catch up — before they’re shut out and shut down by failing to enter the future.

A tipping point will arrive. Some companies will be in, some out. Some will rise up, some fall down.

Some will turn fully alive (oh, what a world-spanning life), and some will… die.


The future of Commerce: If you live, you win.

Launch yourself on the wave of the future and surf to your best self

How will this work? Start with other parts of the Expandiverse like your family of devices. You can turn away from your current screen, turn to your next screen and your digital world moves with you. It continues where you left off, with everything connected and open to the same steps.

To do that, your device “family” has to know you and what you’re doing, as well as learn from you. In a top-down hierarchy this includes:

  • You’re the user (recognition)
  • Which device(s) you’re using
  • The connections, products, services and apps you’re running
  • Your current tasks
  • Your step in each task
  • The steps where you’re likely to succeed, fail or abandon tasks
  • (Higher learning) What you like to do online and how well you do it

As your device “family” tracks you, it’s constantly ready to switch to your next device and screen, keeping you in a continuous digital world throughout your day. It’s also learning your gaps — the “triggers” where Active Knowledge could help you succeed — like the steps where you’re likely to fail or quit, or when you want more — so it’s able to step in with Active Knowledge when you’re likely to need it.

Active Knowledge can also ask you to tell it your goals and priorities, so it knows the kinds of recommendations to offer. Then it learns from what you actually choose, which shows it what you really want (not just what you say you want) and how much you’ll really spend to get to your goals. It’s not just what’s best. It also sees what’s fun to you, and what makes you happy.

But you’re just one member of this online world of billions of people.

Next think of Active Knowledge that does this for everyone. The “big data” version of this tracking shows the success and failure rates of countless products and services. For each kind of goal, it shows the most effective products and services. It also shows the steps that produce the highest rates of success.

As this service learns which “best” products and services to recommend for each goal and task, that becomes part of Active Knowledge. So are the steps generally taken to produce success. That’s what’s recommended to people who need — and want — to improve.

It’s like GPS that follows travelers to their destinations. Which routes do successful people follow to reach their goals? Which products, services, tasks and steps produce the highest levels of success? Those are the top recommendations for others to use — and how to use them when they’re bought.

It’s a new retail channel for everyone who has goals but wants a higher rate of success:  They can try anything with their current product. Gaps trigger it, showing the steps and how to switch to better choices if wanted, with guidance in how to succeed.

Over time this will produce embedded commerce that will make you and others more successful in achieving what you want. You’re always one step from the world’s best options if you’d like that — so you can switch when you decide.

When you switch it guides you straight to the top, where you belong.


The future of Commerce: If you live, you win.

Who wins? With no gaps between living and advancing, you win

Now you’re surfing the world’s most powerful wave. Except it’s a digital tsunami, driven by embedded commerce.

The world’s best store has moved inside your screens, next to everything you do, always ready to serve as you do tasks, choose goals and decide — it’s time to reach for your dreams.

It’s the same for everyone. Commerce will be embedded throughout tomorrow’s digital world, with all knowing Active Knowledge that’s ready to help all the time.

Leading companies already work late into the night reinventing how we live, shop, play, communicate, read and work:  Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and others transform our lives as they build their ecosystems and products. To reach ahead Apple is adding Siri, Goole is getting Now going, and Amazon’s Kindle HDX has a Mayday button for instant live support. Startups work late nights, too, building niches where they connect with customers to earn their share of the future.

Suppose some leading companies and startups add Active Knowledge to help everyone succeed, as well as make this a better world? What’s their incentive to do this?

Our digital world could grow to more than $1 Trillion in embedded commerce transactions, and is likely to reach many times that size.

Like Apple’s iTunes store, Google Play or Amazon.com, each of these ecosystems could make their 30% or so of these embedded transactions. That would be a cool $300 Billion for each $1 Trillion of these types of individual and worldwide advances sparked by their ecosystem.

If their Active Knowledge triggers AnthroTechtonic surges forward, the sales will grow faster. Imagine triggering surges toward people’s many unmet goals that produce $billions in worldwide sales. A rapidly improving digital world will be a highly profitable one.

A new worldwide marketing channel might become how we find needs and deliver both improvements and surges forward. To elevate you and everyone. Everywhere.

Hey, you want to go surfing this afternoon? I hear the waves are epic today.


Image credits: The first graphic is credited to Shutterstock. All other graphics are 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 Search: Stop searching. Info will find you.

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Search has become the fuel that powers much of our lives. Now imagine something better, a you-centered Digital Earth where knowledge turns active and finds you. You become the filter and your behavior the trigger. Relevant info, choices, places and services will be delivered as optional parts of what you do, so you can succeed instantly. Will you skip searching when the info you need finds you?


The future of Search: Stop searching. Info will find you

All over the world, search has become the fuel that powers much of our lives. From getting directions to learning how to do something, from shopping to travel reservations, searching is one of the main ways we get things done. It’s so prevalent we can’t imagine life without it.

Instead, imagine something better. Imagine a fully digital world of tomorrow where knowledge turns active and finds you.

Tomorrow’s world will be you-centered. Like GPS that knows where you’re located, your connected screens, devices and network will know the steps you take as you do them. GPS identifies which routes people take and then delivers that as turn-by-turn guidance to other travelers. In the future, networks will learn the steps people take to complete their tasks, and deliver that as step-by-step guidance to anyone who wants it.

As soon as you type in Google search you experience the start of this. Auto-complete suggests what you’re likely to want. Pick one and you’re done. Auto-complete is also in web browsers, email, text messaging and other tools. Online learning from and to millions of people is in every keystroke in these tracked tasks.

The advanced Expandiverse Tech and IP step is called Active Knowledge. In tomorrow’s you-centered digital Earth — our world in the future — you become a filter and magnet for the appropriate knowledge for what you do. Your screens and connected devices will give you the option of turning to the world’s best information alongside your steps and tasks.

No longer a separate search, your best choices will turn into an embedded feature. This evolution should be as obvious as it is predictable. Look at how music, photography, news and other industries have been turned into features. Why not knowing how to succeed?

Simply by going through a normal digital day, the information you might want will be part of what you do, an instantly available option within your screens and connected devices. Without search.

Hmmm. Do tech’s leaders see this coming? Why did Apple start Siri, Google start Now, and Facebook start Graph Search?


A roadmap to accelerate tomorrow into today

Instead of waiting decades for technology to make us more capable and powerful, how could we leap ahead into a digital future where everyone can succeed? With its first ideas in 2007 and years in private development, here’s three examples from new Expandiverse Technology and IP:


The future of Search: Stop searching. Info will find you

Devices — from silos to a family:  In the future your devices will know you and respond to you like an automatic door. When you walk through an automatic door, it opens for you and then when you have gone through it, it closes behind you. When you start using one of tomorrow’s devices it will recognize you and display your digital environment. It will restore the state of all the pieces so what you do continues and moves to the new device with you. Then when you are done using the device it turns off. When you turn to your next device it continues your digital world for you. It’s like when you walk through a door and the physical world is always there. In the future it won’t feel like you change devices. All your screens will be one large device, providing a continuous you-centered experience as you turn to each next screen.

Active Knowledge, search’s replacement, will be part of that. It moves with you so you’ll always have abundant information without needing to search.


The future of Search: Stop searching. Info will find you

Architecture — from searching to an embedded feature:  The future will see billions more devices connected than we imagine. So the Active Knowledge architecture has three configurations that are like a digital dog playing an endless game of fetch, tirelessly retrieving what you need for your current actions. The good news is you don’t have to throw the stick. These three configurations are Centralized (processing is in the cloud), Decentralized (processing is in your local device), and Hybrid (processing is in intermediary devices or services that are either yours or on the network).

The benefits flow to you in all the configurations:  It sees your behaviors and offers information you may need without you even needing to know how. Because you know it’s there you can always move forward confidently and rapidly. You receive more than information. Active Knowledge can provide the “world’s best options” like services or resources (for you) for any task that’s important. When you want a higher level of performance, this is a system for changing “doing” into succeeding and becoming.


The future of Search: Stop searching. Info will find you

Control — from physical to digital boundaries:  New digital boundaries are the core of what allows you to create your own world and to ignore any elements of the media-driven world that displease you — even the latest overdone celebrity. It’s a little like adding a video recorder’s control to your on-screen world. You simply skip the “shows” you don’t want in your life, and let in only the “shows” you like. When you gain control, what will you let in and what will you shut out? Which of each day’s story lines are really important to you?

Also, would you like to be paid for your attention by advertisers? That would be a reversal of fortunes. The power to filter messages is the power to be paid for your attention — especially by advertisers who now dive into your brain for free. Imagine how digital boundaries might alter your commercial earnings. If you gain control, will you feel more connected to your digital world than the real one? By choice. Let’s hope the real one doesn’t sulk too much.


How long before history repeats itself?

Online search hit paper-based publishers and libraries like a thunderstorm, drowning their customers with a flood of information and content that destroyed the publishing industry’s unique value.

A you-centered digital world could hit today’s industries like a hurricane, blowing it over with embedded information and resources that turn customers in a new direction. Expandiverse Tech adds a new combination:  Continuous devices that follow you, auto-retrieval of what you need as part of what you do, and your control over your screens.

Remember the lesson from Microsoft’s launch of Office’s uniform interface? In one strategic thrust they took the market away from their competitors in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and email.

Today’s leaders could do the same. Google or Apple or another leading vendor might capture the future by acquiring and advancing tech to gain dominance. They could bring down their competitors’ leadership in many industries at once, in one multi-year step.

The Future of Search could be a strategic lever.

Stop searching. Just live your life and the information, services and resources you need are an instant, optional part of doing. If you’re the vendor, your ecosystem’s choices are delivered inside tasks — with your “store’s” 10% to 30% of this new digital world’s revenues.

Active Knowledge could make a big difference to people everywhere. The impact on people and the world could expand tomorrow’s personal capabilities and power far beyond today’s search.

Our digital future is inevitable. You could end the interruptions and skip the searches. What would you do with constant access to the info you need to go directly to success and become what you want right away?

What will happen if billions of people worldwide do that?

Are you ready for a successful world?


Image credits:  The second graphic is copyright Dan Abelow. All other graphics are credited to 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/

Active Knowledge: A new future where everyone wins

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Could it be possible that the knowledge we need will find us? No longer would we have to stop, search and grasp to figure out what we need right now. When the right information comes to us we can be more productive, successful human beings.

If the network could help everyone succeed more of the time, could we live in a world of winners, where universal success is the the way our world works?


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Could it be possible that the knowledge we need will find us? No longer would most people go through most of their lives without knowing. If information comes to us as part of daily living, we could all become more productive, successful human beings.

Formal education would no longer be a gatekeeper. Everyone could be a “know it all,” regardless of their education level.

Imagine the possibilities of having the brains of Albert Einstein, the talents of Tom Cruise and the creativity of Madonna find you, show you, guide you.

If the network could help everyone succeed all the time, could we live in a world of winners, where universal success is the the way our world works?


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The Pyramid of Scarcity:  Eternal or obsolete?

Until now, we have lived in a physical world, locked down and held back by its biggest limit:  Scarcity.

Knowledge and information was transferred from one person to another, parent to child, trial and error. We evolved a traditional style of classroom instruction and educational institutions:  Teaching, testing, grading, passing, failing.

More recently television added observation and the Internet added webinars and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). These still rely on recognition, memory and application.

Even with Search we have to stop, find what we need and figure out how to use it effectively. At best progress is only a bit faster, while mediocrity is still the most frequent result.

Most people don’t succeed upward. Only a few rise all the way to the top. Once there they want to keep their advantages and pass them to their children, so they amass power to stay up there.

The physical world has always been this way, and continues even though an early Internet surrounds us. The physical world’s scarcities and limits created our pyramids of wealth, power and control. Look everywhere in today’s physical world. Its pyramids are everywhere.  Nearly every organization’s and society’s local beliefs, culture and rules perpetuate them.

But with a new digital world along side our physical world everyone would automatically get what they need to know to succeed. Technology could eliminate many kinds of scarcity while multiplying the performance of people, giving everyone the chance to leap over their limits and rise in new ways.

Sure, many wouldn’t make the effort or rise only part way, but many would ascend. How much more could we produce personally and together if the network helps everyone become more successful and effective? More earnings, more spending and larger markets, generating more profits for companies and the economy.


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We think a network is communications. What if it were behavior and responsive ways to reach for your dreams?

First, organize:  Google’s mission — to organize the world’s information — comes from yesterday’s world of facts. It’s based on “static knowledge.” Everyone has to stop, search and find the right information from somewhere else. That helps some people a lot. But only some of the time, and not everyone.

Networks stay based on communications and advertising. The world stays the same.

Next, deliver:  In tomorrow’s digital world Active Knowledge comes from what we do. It’s generated by us, and is based on us. Think about using devices that recognize you, and restore everything you’re doing as you switch from device to device, from screen to screen. That network knows who you are, your device, the task you’re doing and the steps you take. It aggregates it and responds to success and failure. You’re the filter and the Active Knowledge finds you. You can always know the best steps, like GPS directions to your goal.

This changes everything. Networks are based on behavior. They deliver success, so success becomes the new world standard.

Then commerce:   An Active Knowledge network will know what the world’s best is. And how to achieve it. If you want to be as good as the best in the world, it can tell you which devices, services and products are actually used for that. Then it helps you buy, rent, share and use them. You become the best. Along with everyone who wants to reach the top.

Everything changes again. The network is the e-commerce channel inside what we do, ready to help everyone ascend all the time. The paradigm flips from push (find customers / sell them) to pull (when you want it, it’s there right away. Accelerate!).

Then surge forward:  Worldwide, the best knowledge is discovered and spread exponentially. An Active Knowledge network spots innovations, tests them and improves its guidance. It delivers the leading edge of progress to everyone as part of everyday living. Everyone can move out in front. Our world surfs the future, constantly becoming the best we can be. The Expandiverse name for this is AnthroTechtonics.

Everything keeps changing. The network makes it normal to be great… and then become greater.

It won’t matter whether you are in Silicon Valley or Sao Paulo.  It won’t matter whether you are in Singapore or in a small village in Africa, South America or Asia.  Everybody who uses a networked screen can receive Active Knowledge guidance — and become able to succeed as well as the best people in the world.

Which could eventually be most people. AnthroTechtonics shift us to a new kind of future. One where everyone can surge to the top, when they decide to go there.


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Tomorrow’s Hierarchy:  Is an upside down pyramid a right-side up world?

Ultimately, Active Knowledge creates the possibility of universal personal greatness. It makes knowing normal, rather than limiting it to “education.” It allows everyone to achieve — for themselves, where they are, when they want it and on the devices they happen to use throughout the day.

An evolved network leads to a new kind of world. Advances happen and spread all the time, not just when you’re at school, not just when your job teaches you something new. But any time you could be better, technology and life offer new options for you to become all you can be, and reach your full potentials.

For too long, we’ve separated learning as something that takes effort, something that is done in libraries and by teachers, which makes it occasional and infrequent. With Active Knowledge learning is life, and life is achieving the greatness that’s in all of us.


Image credits:  The first and third graphics are credited to Shutterstock. The second and fourth graphics are 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/