This new technology is from the forthcoming book Medicine 2025: How a Digital Earth Protects Everyone
- See the new Paris Tech Review article, 2025: How would a Digital Earth deal with Ebola?
- See also Experience 4: Bio-containing a lethal contagious disease or bio-terror attack
Like other new technologies, as the Internet grew up it matured into something both better and more powerful.
It grew aware. This made it possible to know identities and movements, actions and results, success and failure, then deliver what everyone needed, at the right time and right place. Everywhere on the planet. To help everyone rise to greatness when they wanted it. And that changed everything.
The Internet began as communications that provided new ways to access stored information. But when too much information was put online, search became essential for each person to find what he or she needed. Search engines became the key to the Internet. Google grew dominant because it exploited this gap to deliver advertising, not because it made the Internet different.
Search forced everyone to stop what they were doing so they could find what they needed to know. But searches were often skipped because its extra steps took too much time and trouble.
A mature, aware Internet changed that. Information automatically flowed to everyone based on what they did. It was called Active Knowledge and it made everyone a “know it all.” Most of the knowledge everyone needed was always available as an optional choice without needing to search.
Your devices recognized you when you turned to them. They automatically restored your Shared Spaces for you, so you had your digital environment as you went from place to place, time to time, and device to device.
If you wanted a different Shared Space you flipped to it. All its connections were instantly connected but Inactive, ready for you to make any of them Active at your command. A broad and powerful Digital Earth was at everyone’s fingertips, ready to respond instantly.
It also knew the Presence and availability of others in your Shared Spaces, and your Presence as well. To know that, the Presence system used your task and step information to see if you could be instantly connected or not.
To do this, your “digital environment” had to know who you are, what device you’re using, the Shared Spaces you had Focused (opened), your location, the software/services/apps you’re using, the task you’re doing and the step you are doing. By knowing and saving that, your Shared Spaces could follow you and serve you as you did many things, even though you constantly switch between places, devices and times (stopping something you’re doing then returning to the same step later).
When anyone was on a step they could ask, “What’s the short path to my goal?” You no longer need to be a Silicon Valley techno-geek who can figure out everything. You can be in Bangkok or Bogota, or in a small village in Asia, Africa or the Americas.
Once that was recordable and savable, the data could be aggregated. Like GPS can learn from following millions of travelers, this data could be analyzed to learn the steps people did and where they ended up. It could also analyze the data to learn the short paths between each step and each goal.
Then, when anyone was on a step they could ask, “What’s the short path to my goal?” You no longer need to be a Silicon Valley techno-geek who can figure out everything. You can be in Bangkok or Bogota, in Cape Town or Mumbai, or in a small village anywhere in Asia, Africa or the Americas.
Everyone gets the world’s best Active Knowledge immediately. Since the “search term” was each person, the knowledge fit what they do and are likely to need to accomplish.
First, Active Knowledge replies with a list of goals. You pick the one you want. Then it shows you the short list of steps to that goal.
A pre-cursor is Google’s Search field with “type ahead.” It responds as soon as you start typing, showing you the most frequent choices from millions of people. It’s always learning, updating your list of choices based on how people do the task of choosing a set of keywords to find information.
The purpose of the world’s networks changed to learning and succeeding. Universal success was added to networking. Everyone in the world had the world’s best knowledge. Without searching. Simply by doing, by living.
The purpose of the world’s networks changes to learning and succeeding. They add universal success to networking. Everyone in the world has the world’s best knowledge. Without searching. Simply by doing. By living.
On a Digital Earth, awareness and the opportunity to succeed were everywhere.
The key to universal success was networks that became aware of behavior.
Think about using devices that recognize you, and continue what you’re doing as you switch from device to device, from screen to screen. Behind the scenes, that’s no longer a single device. It’s a network-based family of devices. That network knows who you are, your device, the task you’re doing and every step you take.
That network can also aggregate that information as Active Knowledge from everyone connected, then respond 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. Here’s a non-medical example, showing how this can work at anyone’s level worldwide:
When you’re the filter and the network responds to what you do, it can offer the short paths to your likely goals as Active Knowledge. At any time, everyone connected can turn to the network and see the short path to the likely goals from that step, choose their goal and be guided to it. If a superior technology, device or service is available, that’s an optional embedded choice, with the available purchase, sharing or other options to use it immediately online. Everyone who wants to could become a “know it all,” and human success could be universal.
Instead of people being left behind and made obsolete by advancing technology, on a fully Digital Earth everyone can rise to the top of our combined abilities.
Instead of people being left behind and made obsolete by advancing technology, as they are in today’s world, on a fully Digital Earth everyone can rise to the top of our combined abilities. Because Active Knowledge includes “Optimization,” it constantly learns the best new Active Knowledge so we can reach ever higher levels of success. As a few of us learn how to perform better, everyone else’s abilities will be raised simply by being connected to the network.
Imagine a planet where everyone could rise to the middle or upper class and society’s pyramid could be inverted, a world where markets grow far larger and far faster, where our living standards rise, and most people can move toward the top.
Imagine a planet where everyone could rise and society’s pyramid could be inverted without attacking anyone. It would be a world where universal success makes markets grow far larger and far faster, where living standards rise, and most people move toward the top.