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 6: Treat and cure infectious diseases at the source: Everywhere
What is 21st century digital technology, really?
Let’s briefly turn to the source of most of our sense of reality. The oldest, most direct and most concrete reality is the local physical world — what we see, hear, smell, taste and touch. Our immediate daily lives “prove” that this is the real world. Until the Industrial Revolution most people were born, lived and died in the same world. They believed the world they were born into was the only world.
The Industrial Revolution introduced a new idea. The world we were born in would be changed before a person died. The 1800’s and 1900’s saw a constant stream of changes that people could see and experience.
The 1800’s introduced a revolutionary experience. Everyone saw and felt the “creative destruction of reality.” An early experience was when the railroads and mass manufacturing replaced craft industries with mass production and mass marketing. These included standard product designs, fixed prices catalogs that led to mass retailing.
The 1900’s added to this “creative destruction of reality” when automobiles, roads and the electric grid made possible the suburbs, daily commuting and 24X7 lifestyles.
In some of those generations everyone saw the world change many times. The rise of “mass communications” added more new ideas and awareness. As electricity, movies, the telephone, radio, television and other mass media grew in power throughout the 1900’s, they culminated in an era of global news, brand saturation, mass-desired affluence and mass marketing bombardment. Everyone was told to change their reality repeatedly, to want and buy what they were being sold.
Today it is becoming ever clearer that we can deconstruct reality into new kinds of digital modules and systems, then recombine reality in new ways. The new buzzword is Innovation. Our new limit is Imagination.
The Internet, computing, networks and mobile devices expanded the proof that the world changes quickly, and with these tools everyone can add their own new changes. In our generation we are watching new startups use digital deconstruction to pull apart one industry after another and rebuild them in new ways.
But today’s world still reflects a top-down, mass market culture. A relatively small number of ecosystems remain dominant and work to preserve their top-down position, like the world we used to have in the 1900’s.
That grows harder every day as it becomes even clearer that we can deconstruct reality into its digital modules and systems, and recombine reality in new ways. The new buzzword is Innovation.
That’s what Dr. Richard Chester did in Example 6 when he redesigned DMC’s for Liberia’s Ebola outbreak in the year 2025:
Example 5 provided a new kind of design for a Digital Medical Infrastructure. While Example 5 illustrated how online, virtual Digital Medical Centers might be used to provide personal medical care to many who are excluded from today’s in-person, high-skill and high-tech medical system, this failed to solve the world’s healthcare needs. Medical care for those who are excluded helps, but this is not global health.
Global healthcare means the world is a healthier place, with a Digital Medical Infrastructure that discovers new illnesses, connects with those people, diagnoses them, treats them and employs processes that limit contagious illnesses from spreading to others.
In Example 6 Dr. Chester adds a Digital Medical Immune System (DMIS), a system that continuously monitors a local population’s health. In real-time it identifies individuals who show symptoms of becoming sick, and provides immediate online diagnosis with rapid medical testing, daily progress monitoring until they are healthy, with processes to limit the spread of contagious diseases to keep the overall population as healthy as possible. A DMIS includes the ability to “map” the local population’s infectious disease burden, to treating each patient individually, with identifying those around each patient to limit each patient’s spread of their illness to others. This turns “one patient at a time medical care” into a public health “immune system” that limits the spread of infectious diseases as one of a medical system’s services.
The result of Examples 6 is the new Digital Medical Centers reach a more advanced DMIS level of medical performance: It becomes a dynamic, two-way and real-time. public healthcare system that actively lowers the incidence of each infectious disease, by reducing the likelihood that it will spread from one infected person to others. This containment of contagious diseases is turned into a new kind of DMIS healthcare management that can be included in virtual Digital Medical Centers everywhere permitted, worldwide.
Is there a New Digital World to enter?
Now let’s return to the original question, what is 21st century digital technology, really?
Who doesn’t walk down the street and dream about what should be improved, what could be better, what we would really want if we could choose and switch to a more desirable, better reality just because we want it?
In our generation a new Self-Selected Culture is approaching, because new types of digital innovations are not only possible, new technology like the Expandiverse is designed to make our personal choices increasingly easy to conceive and live. This suggests an age when we can each make our realities into what we want, then improve them rapidly by using them.
In the near future we will each be able to conceive and try different digital realities and see which ones are best for us.
How large a change will that be?
In Dr. Chester’s example in the year 2025, Liberia’s medical infrastructure is being reconceptualized, reorganized and redelivered digitally to combat a new Ebola outbreak. Dr. Chester’s “digital solution” is a digital strategy that bypasses today’s medical institutions’ market dominance, economic power and their capture of the government’s regulatory agencies. It delegates to others the medical responsibility for providing Ebola treatment in a special hospital with special personnel. Instead, he focuses on redesigning every other part of medicine’s relationship with its communities in order to find, contain and stop the spread of Ebola — as well as uncover and treat them for other illnesses the current medical system doesn’t.
In our generation a new Self-Selected Culture is approaching. It will be an age when we can each make our realities into what we want, then improve them rapidly as we use them and see which work best.
These kinds of digital transformations will disrupt other industries and their leading companies, even though they will be surrounded by new opportunities. Here are some of the kinds of digital disruptions made possible by Expandiverse Technology and described in the author’s book, Imagine a New Future: Creating Greatness for All:
Search will start becoming obsolete: 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. Now imagine something better, a you-centered digital world 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, for when you want to succeed instantly. Will you skip searching when the info you need finds you and is always at your fingertips? (See Chapter 2.2 http://bit.ly/QNsLzb)
Retail will be increasingly unnecessary: Advertising is for shoppers, but 90% of the product life cycle is during use, making ads unwanted nearly all the time. Active Knowledge will add a new option to every step taken using a screen: Everyone will know the best products and services for that task, so they can switch to what works best if they want — and then have Active Knowledge guide them to a higher level of success. This new embedded commerce channel is invisible and outside the reach of advertisers like Google and retailers like Amazon. This invisible digital channel skips search, blocks ads, bypasses retail and eliminates the need to shop. When our steps are known, instant paths to the top are embedded inside everything throughout the day, letting everyone rise while evading the forced shopping gauntlets from ecosystems like Google, Amazon, Facebook and others. (See Chapter 2.3 http://bit.ly/1o9bgrP)
Your devices will become doorways into tomorrow’s Digital World: Imagine a you-centered digital world of the future. It recognizes and follows you from screen to screen because today’s separate devices will be turned into a family of continuously connected devices. Your continuous connections fit you and assist you — including tools, resources, media, places and people. On all your screens automated tech moves you to the top of the pyramid by making you knowing and powerful. The full Digital Earth’s resources and abilities are at your fingertips. And everyone’s. (See Chapter 1.4 http://bit.ly/1g1dyAM)
New digital boundaries will be self-controlled barbed wire that protects you: We dream of freedom but how will we turn the corner on privacy, protection and external control? Today you’re behaviorally monitored, anticipated, guided and sold. Expandiverse Technology’s digital boundaries include priorities, filters, paywalls, protection, privacy and security. Individuals, companies and organizations will control what is public, private or secret. As we build a digital world, it will be the world you choose and want, for the first time. (See Chapter 4.2 http://bit.ly/Ya1uLx)
Digital businesses will serve everyone with unbelievable dedication and focus: You’ll rule tomorrow’s digital world. if a company fails to please you, you can wipe it off all your screens. With your finger on the digital boundary “kill switch,” businesses will dedicate themselves to you. Routine identification will transform customer relationships and commerce. You will be known and treated personally. The most successful businesses will please everyone all the time. New tech will usher in a world where everyone wins. (See Chapter 1.7 http://bit.ly/1i9ZfPb)
Picture a real-time global platform that is aware of what we do with our screens, monitors and measures success, and delivers know-how and solutions that fit each person‘s gaps from the top. Picture everyone receiving what they need to know, matching them with the best products and services, and providing the best tools and resources when they attempt to rise.
Parts of the technology industry will become a shared resource: Until now the tech industry has disrupted other industries. As the sharing economy takes off, what if the tech industry’s products and services were turned into a shared resource by people and businesses that need income, and want to help the world? If anyone could use the tech industry’s best devices, software, tools and content — with Active Knowledge guidance propelling their higher rate of success — everyone would have the resources to achieve upward and rise toward the top of our combined abilities. (See Chapter 2.4 http://bit.ly/TXGwOf)
Education will be lifelong and move from classrooms to what we do with screens: When you’re the filter and your behavior is the trigger, the “Active Knowledge” you need will find you. At every step, the short paths to your most likely goals will be automatically available as you use screens to do tasks and steps, so you can be more productive and successful without needing to search, and without needing to take classes and earn degrees. When Active Knowledge helps everyone succeed more of the time, this could become a world of “know it alls,” a world where much of what education does is less effective than direct, universal success. (See Chapter 2.1 http://bit.ly/1lyGHrX).
Embedded security and safety will give everyone well protected lives in a safer world: How will new technology respond to everyone’s needs to live in a safer, more trusting world? As recognition becomes normal and widespread, “security as a feature” can be widely embedded in property. Our homes, businesses, vehicles and property will recognize their owners, authorized users, and uses. They will also track their own location, record unauthorized activities, and more. Self-controlled universal security will first be transforming, then world changing. (See Chapter 1.5 http://bit.ly/1qrvxoV)
If a Digital Earth expands how much we each succeed, many will transform their lives. But by living, learning, earning, spending and being entertained up to our potentials, we will bring greatness to our societies, not just to our individual selves.
Reality will be controlled by everyone: In tomorrow‘s digital world control shifts to you. In addition to your manual choices, new digital boundaries will dynamically change the CGI green screen world on your devices. When you can choose who and where you really want to be, everyone will see that there are many kinds of greatness in all of us. With metrics and Active Knowledge, each person will know their gaps from the top and how to rise immediately. It will be new stage of history, an age when every one of us controls the realities in which we live, in turn letting everyone choose how well they want to live. (See Chapter 3.6 http://bit.ly/1nSC7XI)
Entertainment will blend physical and digital: Entertainment has evolved since 16th century theater through books, radio, television, movies, the Internet, electronic games, streaming video and multiplayer online games. As we become a digital world what will be the next entertainment media? We‘re merging tech and entertainment, real and digital, and screens and living. Next the whole world will be yours, with tomorrow’s Digital Earth turning both the physical and digitally constructed worlds into entertainment that’s immediately accessible to everyone worldwide. (See Chapter 3.5 http://bit.ly/lnwwnlc)
What do these examples mean? Our digital migration to a new invisible Digital Earth will be large enough divergences to change everything.
Picture a real-time global platform that is aware of what we do with our screens, monitors and measures success, and delivers know-how and solutions for each person‘s gaps through optional Active Knowledge. Picture an Expandiverse that delivers what people need to know directly to them, matching their tasks with the best products and services, and providing access to the best tools and resources when they attempt to rise. Picture a world whose digital boundaries protect privacy, with embedded security that protects safety. Every person could choose what he or she wants and needs, from anywhere on the planet, with anyone (or everyone) on the planet.
Would we take advantage of constant, new opportunities to achieve greatness? Would we leave behind today’s managed economies and limited lives, and replace them with self-chosen and self-accelerated progress? Everyone who wants to rise could surge forward and upward.
“AnthroTechtonic” is a new Expandiverse name for a world that can surge forward repeatedly based on people’s self-chosen decisions and achievements. This new word is a portmanteau (combination) of “anthro” for people, “tech” for new technology, and “tectonic” for a digital society’s equivalent of plate tectonics. It’s the next level in the size, speed and impact from large numbers of people who decide to achieve much more. (See Chapter 2.5 http://bit.ly/1ouSrvY)
If a Digital Earth transforms how much we can each succeed, then many will transform their lives. But by living, learning, earning, spending and being entertained up to our potentials, we will bring greatness to our societies, not just to our individual selves.