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Eat What Comes Naturally: Human Services of the Future

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Think of human services as something you guide through collaborative Governances that share ideas and advances at the speed of networks.

When we work together vendors will learn the products and services you want. Then Governances’ continuous connections will help deliver them. From healthy food to lifelong education to medical care, Governances could help human services develop what you want.


Chapter 4.6:  Eat What Comes Naturally:  Human Services of the Future

A Healthy Food Governance of the future…

Imagine a decade from now where America’s new “healthy food industry” leaders are meeting. On the podium and at the tables the energy and confident buzz is palpable. Over its first decade, the Healthy Food Governance — the dream of a few unconventional pioneers who had a different vision of food’s future — became one of America’s success stories, transforming the quality of eating and nourishment for tens of millions of people.

They had started small, but grew by digitally connecting all parts of the food chain. The energies of everyone from farmers to agricultural scientists, from food manufacturers to supermarkets became aligned for the first time. They took their goals from the active participation of adults, parents and kids who wanted to buy and eat healthy food every day no matter where they lived.

Over time they connected the parts of the food production system so it worked for everyone. Each trial, and then each success, was shared and promoted at the light-speed of tomorrow’s networks.

Farmers, manufacturers, retailers, health professionals and consumers started connecting continuously with each other, figuring out how to produce healthy food on sustainable farms, how to manage the economics so it was both profitable and affordable, and how to make it taste great. The Governance knew the numbers and made sure it was honestly marketed and sold to the profitable business, enjoyment and health of all.

It started working. The Governance’s food chain produced healthy food while people lost unhealthy weight, gained new energy to become self-directed, confident people who changed their lives and health.

With visible success came new members as more became engaged. New farms joined, food manufacturers produced more kinds of healthy foods, retailers featured it and family kitchens and restaurants enjoyed the multiple rewards of healthy, natural food.

Gradually those who were involved rose to lead a healthy food industry.


A Governance:  Small steps to a large digital society

On this day, some of the leaders took turns at the lectern.

A Colorado farmer told how his water had been cut drastically, but he had learned to grow more and higher quality crops with half the water. Then he put digital Teleportals all over his farm so he could spend years online showing thousands of farmers how to adapt each part of their farms when their water supplies were repeatedly slashed.

A California agricultural scientist talked about chicken farmers who used all the “natural water” chickens could drink to produce healthier, happier chickens with 10% less water. He had spread that know-how like a digital Johnny Appleseed to other chicken farmers, using the Food Governance’s continuous connections.

A Texas food manufacturer told how they used continuous connections with customers and farmers to make their products fit high natural standards, great taste, health and affordability. He said that was such a key to success that they used the Governance’s GRS — its Governance Revenue System — to pay 5% of their total revenue to the Healthy Food Governance.

The CEO of an East coast supermarket chain spoke of adding real farmer’s market aisles with fresh local produce, dairy, bakery and meat sections, plus healthy food products in other sections. He proudly explained how they joined the Governance so its continuously connected farmers, manufacturers and customers would make sure their in-store farmers markets were real, with high standards everyone trusted, appreciated and enjoyed.

A mom thanked everyone for becoming a food industry that provided natural food that had it all — great taste, appeal, convenience and price. She also described the digital benefits. All her family’s screens were more enjoyable because they used the Governance’s paywall settings to shut out advertising from the traditional food industry. Now, the only food and restaurant ads that reached their screens were from healthy food companies connected with the Food Governance. It’s more than the food we buy, she said, it’s the way we live, a better digital world for her family.

The last speaker was the Governance’s CEO. They were reaching a major milestone: half a billion dollars in revenue. The biggest source was their GRS, the Governance Revenue System, technology that automatically transfers a small percentage of the purchase price of affiliated products bought by Governance members with credit and debit cards.

Their second largest revenue source was paywalls, since millions of members get paid by the Governance’s healthy food vendors for watching their ads, and the Governance shares in that revenue. It’s a new evolution to “partnership capitalism” he called it, a win-win that was growing a collaborative economy. Everyone gets to live in a digital world they want and control.

The Governance’s half a billion dollars in revenue showed how large and profitable the healthy food industry was becoming. A large path to profits had become aligning what everyone in the food chain really wanted, and showing how digital collaborations can deliver it.

He committed to fund more food improvements and collaborations, and to add more countries to their movement. What was once just a vision for healthy food had a chance to become a sustainable food system for the world’s 8 billion people. “Your work together,” the CEO said, “could become the most important work anyone has ever done in history.”

He announced their new slogan, “Feed the Planet,” saying this had once been only an idealistic dream but for the first time they were building an online world that benefits everyone in the real world of food — both today, and for generations to come.


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From new technology to establishment in one decade?

It’s time to think different. Think of the future as something you could help guide, direct and control through collaborative Governances, not something that will lock you down.

In the future, could human services like healthier food be driven by what you and others want across the food chain? Could continuous digital collaboration set high standards, and let people work together through the food chain to reach them?

One step could be one or more Food Governances through which people can collaborate to get the healthy food they want. A next step could include a Governance Revenue System that helps fund Governances of all kinds. Another step could be personal paywalls so we control which ads are shown or blocked from our screens, and everyone can live in a digital world that reflects our values.

Healthy food could be a start. Your freedom to choose might grow to include your digital world, and the Governances you join so you help develop it, guide it, control it and receive the benefits you want.

One small step at a time. From today to a digital world that can turn questions into answers without end.


Image credits: 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/

Digital Governances: New Ways to Succeed Together

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Many no longer believe governments can improve the world or deliver on their promises. Expandiverse Governances enable collaborative actions that turn needs into results. When you find and work with others who share your goals, you can reach them together. 

Governances create an aspirational world:  Needs are turned into visible, measurable actions that fit your goals. The first example is healthy food.


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Shoppers stand baffled in supermarket aisles, wishing they knew which products are healthy and which are not. Food labels answer questions about calories, fat, sugar and salt. That helps, but which products were grown with too many pesticides, packaged with too many additives or designed with too many genetic modifications? Not a word there.

On many levels America’s food industry may be the best in history, and it shows. The ginormous reality is we eat a lot. That’s why we’re the world’s second most obese country. Our rates of preventable health problems are huge. Add up the costs of weight-related problems like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, breathing problems, heart disease and cancer. We spend a “flab-bergasting” $190 billion a year in the United States, or 21% of the nation’s health bill. (1, 2)

Is the food industry ripe for disruption?


Expandiverse Governance:  Where questions and possibilities never end

Believe it or not, a combination of science and technology has led us into this food feast. So can science and technology shine a new light on new possibilities when it comes to this most basic of human needs? Just like we use today’s constantly more powerful devices, could we not also call on technology from the future to create a new food reality?

Imagine what we could do in tomorrow’s fully digital planet.

The Expandiverse is new technology for building tomorrow’s digital Earth today. It’s goal is to accelerate our digital future into the present, to improve personal and economic conditions for today’s and tomorrow’s generations.

At a high level the Expandiverse includes a family of “fused devices” that work seamlessly as you move between all your interactive screens — from wearables to phones, tablets, laptops, PCs, connected TVs, wall screens, projectors and more.

It also includes what runs on them, a you-centered digital world that includes continuous connections to your people, services, places, tools and resources. It’s so “you-centered” that you become the focus for the world’s knowledge and systems:  Parts of search are replaced with Active Knowledge that serves you, parts of online shopping are replaced with customized embedded e-commerce, and your screens can have a personal paywall that replaces ads you don’t want with ads you’re paid to watch.

It’s a perfect fit for everyone who wants to sit on top of a powerful digital world that works for them. That may seem like a “nice to have” today, but that will switch to a “must have” when vendors start delivering these new abilities. Then you might enjoy becoming so globally powerful you stay ahead and live better in the kind of digital world that instantly focuses in what you need and want.

But that’s just your personal world.

On a larger scale Expandiverse “Governances” enable collaborative progress by groups that work together to turn problems into opportunities, deficits into openings and activities into progress.

Obvious Governances are many social and personal goals that governments tackle but deliver little measurable progress, even after decades of programs and hundreds of billions of dollars spent. Example goals could include education and the spread of chronic degenerative diseases — one of whose parts is healthy food.

“Governances” can be profit-making or non-profit. They can be small or large — from a local neighborhood to trans-border — and focus on a niche or a large aim. Profit-making governances aren’t limited in size or business activities. They may even have new ways to earn money through technology — like a “Governance Revenue System” (more about that later).

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Most important, each Governance has a main goal that’s measurable and visible. If a Governance succeeds it’s clear and people flock to be part of it. If its members want to leave they can, so it has to meet its members needs.

The question, then, is can we use a collaborative technology platform — on the screens spreading everywhere around us — to find like-minded people and help them connect, collaborate and succeed together?

If we do, more possibilities from tomorrow’s connected digital world open up. A Governance membership lets you find and work with others who share a goal that is larger than one person — and focus on what we can produce together. Instead of tomorrow staying just another yesterday, with our screens and new systems we might help each other build what we want and can become.

Will we use that full power? It’s our choice. We could run more of an aspirational world by becoming the ones who shape the world to fit what we want and need.

A basic universal need — healthy eating — is a delicious place to enter this future.


Image credits: 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/

What will Limit Government on Tomorrow’s Digital Earth?

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As a Digital Earth arrives that new world will be trans-border. When we live global lives we will connect and operate in any country at any time. But nations, governments and laws are limited to their physical geography and borders, however. 

An inevitable divergence will develop. What’s the role of national laws and governments on tomorrow’s trans-border Digital Earth?


Chapter 4.4:  What will Limit Government on Tomorrow’s Trans-Border Digital Earth?

The Internet began as a U.S. government project. Then it took on a life of its own. Now we’re becoming a Digital Earth. Is there a role for government in tomorrow’s fully digital, trans-border world?

Government has a core problem, a core issue. That issue is that government is based upon geography and physical boundaries.

Countries with governments, laws, and programs are going to remain extremely important. You have to have physical countries, boundaries and protection. A good example is Israel. If the people of Israel did not have a government, they would be dead.

The same goes for every country, and it includes Americans at home and abroad. There are people who love the idea of ending America or killing its people.

What happens to freedom around the world as a result? It’s a huge impact on the future of the world if there is no country carrying the flag, literally, for freedom, for democracy, for people, for their rights.

Countries will remain important, but at the same time, as you and I and everybody becomes a global, digital person, we become trans-border.

As we move into a trans-border Digital Earth, we will soon add digital reality next to physical reality.

Fundamentally, digital reality is similar but it’s also different. Government is going to want to have the role of being able to define and shape digital reality.

But that will be difficult. Digital reality is going to want to be able to say, “But we work differently than we do inside of a single country, because there are no longer local borders, local laws and a single geography.”


Chapter 4.4:  What will Limit Government on Tomorrow’s Trans-Border Digital Earth?

Who will control tomorrow’s digital world?

What happens in a digital world where there are still countries that fear free speech, that fear the power of individuals? How do we navigate through that?

The question of governments that want unlimited control — like China with speech and thought and what people are able to do — is part of the Expandiverse.

It can go several directions.

The most basic direction is, if I can shape my own reality, my own Shared Spaces, I not only can keep certain things in, I can keep other things out.

In each of my Shared Spaces I control whether it is public, private or secret. I control its boundaries — what I let in and what’s blocked and kept out. I control which continuous connections it includes — which people, services, places, tools, resources and entertainment  are always on and displayed on the screens that I see and use.

It will be normal to have different Shared Spaces for family, work, projects, friends or anything I want. There are lots of ways to enjoy life and I can have similar or different kinds of interests and boundaries for each of my Shared Spaces. My “world” for each of them will be different, and what I decide.

The Expandiverse also includes multiple identities, because medical science hasn’t defeated death yet. The Expandiverse defeats death by adding multiple digital lives, in parallel, within our one lifetime. I will control who I am, so I can explore different ways to develop my skills and potentials.

In the future some of my new digital controls will be whether I want to live one or more lives, which Shared Spaces I choose to be in, my boundaries for what’s included (and excluded) in each Shared Space, and how often I flip between my different identities and Spaces.

I will be the one who decides my digital life — actually, my digital lives.

Digital reality will be larger, and increasingly more powerful, than physical reality.

How is government going to apply its rules and laws to me when it doesn’t even know which reality I’m in? When it actually figures that out, by then I’ve moved on to a different Shared Space, and maybe to a different privacy level, and perhaps even a different identity. It’s likely I’ll make multiple changes each day.

Each of my “digital realities” — my Shared Spaces — will have its own set of boundaries and “rules” — as I define them. I’ll choose what I want in each of my Shared Spaces. Digital reality will be “you-centered.” It will fit me, not the other way around.

That means control, in the Expandiverse, adds every person to today’s control by governments.

Once people have control, governments will still have certain kinds of control. But our digital future will also include other kinds of control that are person-based, not just government-based.


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/

Personal Paywalls: When Your Mind Becomes Your Property, What Will You do with It?

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Do you control your screens or do they control you? Advertisers dive into your brain for free (to you) from the minute you begin to gurgle. 

In tomorrow’s digital world you’ll decide and filter what’s on your screens. One control will be a personal paywall so you can be paid for your attention. When this makes your mind into your property, you will be able to sell it as often as you like.


Chapter 4.3: When You Get Control of Your Mind, What Will You do with It?


Today your attention is sold by all the media around you, and you’re forced to see, hear and think about what advertisers buy. They dive into your brain for free (to you) from the minute you begin to gurgle. You spend your whole childhood giving your mind away for free to those who sell your attention to others, until you grow up fully “prepared” to live your life the way you think is best.

By the time you’re an adult you want to wake up nestled between Laura Ashley sheets, on a mattress from Simmons, then shower with Dove soap before dressing in your favorite designer label clothes and shoes. After breakfast you sip Starbucks coffee while you drive to work in your…

Who owns your brain?

You think you have freedom of thought, but look at the products surrounding you. Do you control your world, or does your world control you?


In a fully digital world, you will have control 

You already have some control, and you could have much more in the future.

Take a look at your television screen. You simply turn off the shows you don’t want to watch, and let in only the ones you like. Or you record your favorite shows on a DVR (Digital Video Recorder), watch them when you want, and skip the ads you don’t want to see.

What if Expandiverse Technology added that power to all your screens? The Expandiverse adds boundaries that each person and group can control.

In the future, Expandiverse Technology gives you Shared Planetary Life Spaces that you’ll control. You’ll gain visible boundaries that give you the power to filter content. If you don’t like the NRA, pull the trigger on them. If you hate gun control, blast away.

What will you let in and what will you keep out? We’re moving to converged devices, even more use of screens, and a digital world that’s you-centered and follows you. The power to filter your screens and construct what’s displayed will change what controls your mind, your thoughts, perhaps even your attitudes.

You already choose what to watch, but in your digital world the boundaries you set will be chosen by you, and automated for you.

The power to filter and construct displays means you can also have a personal paywall so you can be paid for your attention.

If you had an Expandiverse personal paywall, wouldn’t you restrict today’s advertising barrage to only the ads you want to see, where you get paid? Who would you say “No!” and give up that power!

Even more curious, would you shut out all ads, or choose to watch more of them?


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The new world:  Your mind is your property. How will you use it?

After all, if you control what’s let into your Shared Spaces and displayed on your screens, your eyes and mind are turned into your property.

That’s a new world. When you control all the screens in you life, you control your mind.

This will be a reversal of fortune.

You’ll stop working for free for every media out there. You’ll control your boundaries, and you’ll shut out what bothers you.

But it won’t turn out like you imagine. To make money, many people are likely to see more ads, not fewer.

Paywalls are a win-win because they work for the advertisers, for companies that sell ads, and those who are paid. Could paywall ads become as big a business as Google’s advertising moneyspinner?

Let’s walk through one hypothetical way your paywall could be built with Expandiverse Technology:

Start by shutting out all cereal ads but indicate you’re willing to be paid to watch a cereal company’s ads. That identifies you and you become valued by vendors. You check your offers with an ad vendor, and the healthiest cereal company is willing to pay you the most. If you accept their offer, at the right times and situations to consume their products, that company’s logos and ads are blended into your screens so they appear on the screens you’re currently using.

Do you get paid just because that company’s ads appear?

Nope. You get paid when you perform the paywall behavior during one of their ads. If you’re eating breakfast you might need to pay attention (or look like you’re paying attention). If you’re in the supermarket you might need to buy one of their products.

An evolution of customer-vendor connections is coming.

With Teleportals, the new family of Expandiverse devices, your screens see you and your behavior. “Sentiment analysis” can assess your attitude. When you pay attention to an ad an impression is registered at the ad vendor. Then you get paid. If your “sentiment” shows you genuinely like their message, you could be paid more.

With opt-in tracking the vendor will know what you buy, and if paying you works. They’ll respond to what you like and develop ways to treat you better and fit your needs. Together you’ll find win-win behavior that you both like. Personal, up close and part of your life.

The underlying system makes sense. When you let an ad in through your paywall, it’s tagged with an identifiable “paywall action,” what you have to do to be paid. When you perform the action, ka-ching! As the “sentiment” connects, the mutual payoff grows.

You don’t get paid for displaying an ad. Display without behavior doesn’t mean anything. Until you perform the action, your payment is nada, zilch.

Your mind becomes your property.

You’re free to sell it as often as you like.


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A new partnership capitalism:  Does control mean income, sanity, or both?

Counter-intuitively, a paywall may mean some people will pack their screens with logos, ads, product-filled backgrounds, blended in company buildings (McDonalds on all your screens?), and other corporate symbols.

Everyone will choose the balance that’s right for their sanity and their wallet.

When companies pay you to make their ads part of your daily life, you’ll form new two-way relationships with the companies that pay you to watch their ads, and with the paywall services that sell their ads.

The more they pay you, the more you’ll want them to stay in business so you can keep earning.

Just let in their ads, do the paywall actions, and buy those products.

A new kind of win-win “partnership capitalism” could emerge. When you gain filters and a paywall, you decide how you’ll live in your digital Life Spaces. You’ll control your mind.

How well will you be treated when it’s your finger on the digital kill switch?

Sounds great, except you’re used to going to work and getting paid.

When your mind produces income, how often do you think you’ll sell it?


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/

Digital Barbed Wire Puts You in Control

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We dream of freedom but how will we turn the corner on privacy, protection and control? Today you’re behaviorally monitored, anticipated, guided and sold. 

Expandiverse Technology’s boundary management is digital barbed wire that protects you with priorities, filters, paywalls, protection and privacy. As we build a digital world, it will be the world you choose and want, for the first time.


Chapter 4.2:  Digital Barbed Wire Puts You in Control

How could we turn the corner on personal privacy, protection and control?

This is the same kind of historic transformation that happened 150 years ago when cattle drives reigned supreme and the myth of the American Cowboy was born.

Imagine yourself 150 years ago, sprawled under a star-studded sky with a mug of Cookie’s cowboy coffee in hand, warmed by the low fire next to his chuckwagon…

This is your twelfth cattle drive from Texas to the railhead in Abilene. You’ve worked mostly the Chisolm trail, usually with about 10 wranglers driving 1,000 to 2,000 Longhorns to Kansas. During most years over half a million head were driven. The just-paid cowboys celebrating in Dodge City named it the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” It deserved it.

It’s been a tough life on the trail, but it just turned rougher. That new-fangled barbed wire is springing up around farms, blocking the trail and forcing the lead “pointer” cowboys to cut through the fences. Too often groups of farmers were waiting, guarding their property with guns, forcing the cattle drive to find a way around or start a range war.

Next year would be worse. Barbed wire was sold everywhere. Homesteaders were fencing off their farms, choking out the open range and building permanent, enduring farm communities. They were turning lawless cattle towns into lawful farming villages. Cattle drives were ending. Forever.

Damn that barbed wire.


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Is today an open range or fence-protected?

In the beginning, spam e-mails mushroomed until they dwarfed a much smaller percentage of real e-mail.

Next a large and expanding number of dangers — viruses, spyware, Trojan horses, behavior tracking cookies, hidden Flash cookies, and more — forced PC users to run antivirus software, firewalls, browser add-ins and other defenses. These usually kept PCs from being infected.

Then many free, downloadable antivirus “offers” actually included dangerous malware. The problem started disguising itself as the solution.

All along your attention has always been sold. Millions of TV and billboard viewers, magazine and newspaper readers and radio listeners have always been sold. Now your web searches and online steps are tracked and profiled by multiple companies, and sold to advertisers. Because every online step is trackable, your behavior belongs to everyone but you.

Thanks to Edward Snowdon, government over-reach has been outed. Mobile phone call data, browsing history, emails, online games, location data, video calls and other communications are hoovered up by government agencies in multiple countries — even though nearly everyone is good and trustworthy.

The world is full of cattle drives.

Are you the cattle? You’re behaviorally monitored, anticipated and guided whenever possible. When you resist you’re roped and steered at every turn.

In the end, you’re driven to market and sold for so much per view, so much per click.

Your life is an open range full of cattle drivers, without a strand of barbed wire in sight.

And you’re the cattle.


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If you had digital barbed wire, would you use it?

As a new option, new Expandiverse Technology adds an Alternate Realities Machine (ARM). This includes ARM Boundary Management Services that turn control over to each person.

Think of its boundaries as barbed wire fences and gates. You get to fence out what you don’t want, and let in what you like.

These Expandiverse Technology boundaries let you control what’s on your devices’ screens.

You already do this without hesitation to TV’s entire “digital world” when you turn it into your personal resource, with only the TV shows you want. Between your DVR (Digital Video Recorder) and your TV remote control, you record or watch (let in) what you want, and skip (fence out) the ads, networks and channels that don’t interest you.

ARM Boundary Management Services have some parallels to this. Using its boundary controls, you decide what you want in your Shared Life Spaces. You include (prioritize) what you want in, and skip (filter out) what you don’t want. Some example boundaries include:

  • Priorities / Filters Boundary so you can specify what’s “in” and “out” on your screens.
  • Personal Paywall Boundary so you can be paid for your attention (especially by ads) instead of giving it away for free.
  • Protection and Safety Boundary that provides new kinds of digital and physical self-chosen personal protections for individuals, households, groups (like companies), and the public.
  • Privacy Boundary so individuals and groups can control what’s public, private or secret.

The Alternate Realities Machine (ARM) also includes ways to save, distribute and try out new Boundary Settings both quickly and widely — so you can see, access, distribute and try new sets of boundaries.

It’s like moving your “digital fences” whenever you want to see how different limits work — do you like your new “personal space” better than the old one?

It’s no wonder the cable services won’t sell an a-la-carte service where you buy only what you watch and stop paying for what you don’t see. The only way most television networks exist is by forcing “television subscribers” to pay for lots of channels and shows they never use. They’re on a cattle drive, and 73 million cable subscribers are their cattle.


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Digital barbed wire lets you create your world. And direct it.

When barbed wire was invented, it was new technology. For the first time farmers could protect their property. Their fences ended the cattle drives that trampled their homesteads.

Could something similar happen from ARM Boundary Management Services, a part of new Expandiverse Technology?

Today’s “cattle drivers” will object if you become able to filter them out. They know parts of what they do isn’t liked, and some of their herd will leave to homestead a farm they control.

Just as people have flocked to the TV remote and digital video recorder (DVR) to skip ads and shows they don’t want, ARM Boundary Services provide “digital barbed wire” to skip what you don’t want on your screens.

But the upside is far more important. Just like DVRs show only what you want, digital boundaries filter in what you like and enjoy.

As we become a fully digital world, you’ll move from screen to screen with your devices recognizing you, and your digital world following you.

It will be a world you choose and want, for the first time.


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/

The Future of Freedom: Crisis, Greatness or Both?

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As the Earth becomes a single digital room with everyone in it, the future of freedom is not surveillance or government rule. It’s your journey into a new digital world where you reach your full potentials, and help make greatness the world’s new standard.



Freedom is an unending journey — when you think you’ve arrived you’re wrong.

Americans thought they were free until Edward Snowden showed them that official deceptions, secret court orders and every type of surveillance imaginable had become normal. Not just in America, but in a growing number of countries around the world.

This made the future of surveillance obvious and clear:  Like it or not, it will not stop. Both governments and corporations need it, will continue it, refuse to consider other options, and will say what they need so they can do what they believe is essential.

For as long as we have had consciousness manual surveillance has always been part of human survival. Whether we have had peace or prosperity, war or terrorism, we have used surveillance. Government monitoring of digital communications and hacking digital devices continues this eternal trajectory.

It’s reality.

The future of freedom is more than today’s controversy about surveillance. So what is the future of freedom?


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The coming Crisis of Success

Humanity’s journey began with our hunter-gatherer ancestors, through mankind’s rise to dominance since the Industrial Revolution, to today’s growing “Crisis of Success.”

Within decades we will be a more prosperous planet of 9 billion people whose escalating consumption could threaten the Earth’s biological capacity. Over the coming centuries most of the planet will join the advanced, high-growth economy. By 2050 the world’s economy will double in size. Seven of the ten largest national economies will not be from the West. For generations to come, our economic system will be built on creating limitless worldwide growth and consumption.

Centuries of headlong expansion lie ahead. We won’t change course because this is who we are. Billions more people must have a higher standard of living, corporations want the profits, and governments need bigger tax revenues.

Our unstoppable growth creates a snowball of possible catastrophes:  Growing water shortages, a warming Earth with rising sea levels, desertification, extreme weather, food system pressures, shrinking job prospects from technology, declining middle class incomes, large retired populations, mushrooming national debts, income inequality, and more could wreak havoc at any time.

Because we all need more prosperity, nothing will turn us away from our coming Crisis of Success.

As it arrives, there could be an obvious way to keep control — our surveillance infrastructure, police, legal and prison systems could become one of the world’s best integrated business systems. Corporations could sell it, multiple governments could run and enforce it, and people could be forced to pay for it and endure it.

Lock-down could begin, and history’s greatest crisis could arrive:  The death of freedom in a world that can’t handle our relentless quest for success.

How do we rise to this challenge? As we face a cascading collision between our finite planet’s resources, our overpowering abilities and our infinite needs, how will we transform ourselves into a successful and free world?


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The urgent need for a Journey to Greatness

A Journey to Greatness is being forced on us so we can all thrive and enjoy tomorrow’s world. We and our children have no choice but to become far more capable people and world than we have even imagined we will be.

Starting with initial ideas in 2007, years were spent privately developing Expandiverse Technology to build a successful digital world today. It includes a family of continuous devices,”you-centered” continuous digital living, Active Knowledge where the information you need finds you, and much more.

The Earth is about to become a single digital room, with everyone in it.

As everything turns digital we could accelerate and build an advanced digital Earth today, with a far more prosperous yet sustainable future for individuals, groups and societies. We could make digital leaps forward such as:

  • Human services like health care
  • Basic needs like food
  • Economic growth from personal productivity and supply chain efficiencies
  • Inclusion of diverse isolated groups like senior citizens and marginalized ethic and social groups.

The Expandiverse will change how we interact, how we all connect and achieve more. The future of freedom isn’t about surveillance or resolute governments or vigorous corporations. It’s really your personal journey into tomorrow’s digital world — a world where you and everyone can reach your full potentials, and today’s greatness can become a new world standard.

The Expandiverse is designed as a fork in the road, to add the opportunity for you to see a new kind of personal future for yourself — and accelerate that future into your life, today.

Building an advanced digital world could be an even bigger business opportunity that includes and energizes you and everyone, as well as businesses and governments.

The future of freedom isn’t a destination. Whether you want it or not it’s your unavoidable, never-ending journey.

Let’s make it a Journey to Greatness.


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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/