Opinion 2025: Where does “The Future” come from?

Transform technology and change the world

Now that our lives, economy and societies depend on our screens, the exponential speed of technology is leaving many companies, jobs and people behind.

Is it possible to invent a new technology that changes the world? Of course — that’s the driver behind most of the history of the last two centuries, as well as the last two decades.

So let’s do it again. Except this time, let’s build the world we want:  A people-first world, where everyone can rise to the top. Let’s develop a Digital Earth that delivers new opportunities for personal greatness to everyone, every minute of every day.

Expandiverse Technology and Digital Earth Architecture

World building:  Turning points

“The Future” as ArchiTECHture

Innovation Types:  Easy, Hard or Black Swan?

How plausible is disruptive technology that might flip the pyramid of today’s Physical Earth — without revolutions or attacking those at the top?

A study of 6.4 million scholarly publications found that “researchers who confine their work to answering established questions are more likely to have the results published.”

In contrast, “researchers who ask more original questions and seek to forge new links in the web of knowledge are more likely to stumble on the road to publication, which can make them appear unproductive to their colleagues. If published, however, these innovative research projects are more highly rewarded with citations.”

Silicon Valley is the same. It prefers quick revenues and “traction.” For every Uber, there are countless “Uber for X” startups.

Black Swans are rare, but they help spawn many other advances. The Expandiverse makes it clear that today’s world is an invention. Examples include electricity, transportation, mass manufacturing, mass communications, the global supply chain, computing and the Internet.

That triggers the next question:  When will we build a people-first Digital Earth that includes everyone, and helps everyone rise to the top?