By 2050 there will be 9 billion people to feed, clothe, transport, employ and educate. We’re committed to a growth-driven world economy that must inflate for centuries, supplying limitless consumption to everyone. With new tech, could we add a digital world that helps everyone succeed and prosper while working together? Could we become a successful world where greatness is normal?
Powerful problems drive powerful dreams
We have reached greatness, but the magnificent size of our successes will be matched by the size of our growing Crisis of Success. By 2050 there will be 9 billion people to feed, clothe, transport, employ, educate and entertain.
Billions are committed to a growth-driven world economy they expect to inflate for centuries to come. As we pursue unlimited growth, our limitless consumption threatens to crowd out everything else on Earth. We are warming the climate, overspending our financial resources, requiring more fresh water than we have, increasing income inequality, diminishing other species and triggering shockwaves whenever we can’t cope with a problem.
Billions of people are at the “bottom” of the economy. The middle class is declining in advanced societies. Youth underemployment is epidemic in many countries. The forecast is for billions to remain stuck for their whole lives.
Many no longer believe today’s leaders can improve this, though today’s leaders are increasing their power and digital surveillance. Leaders want new options as much as everyone else.
Clearly, there is room to dream about a more successful world along with new technology.
Can a new digital window display a new future?
This new option started in 2007 with big questions: Can we envision a world where tech helps everyone succeed and prosper? Can that world be designed and built now, without waiting for a distant future to arrive?
The Expandiverse grew steadily through years of private and confidential tech and IP (Intellectual Property) development.
Our world is full of screens. We keep them in our hands, purses and pockets, next to our beds while we sleep, and surround ourselves with screens on our desks and counter tops. Our TV sets are morphing into interactive screens as we put them online so they display everything for free.
What if all our screens, everywhere, were a two-way networked system that turns the Earth into a digital room with everyone in it? What if that networked room brought everyone the world’s best services, resources and knowledge based on what we do, as a normal part of everyday life?
Billions of us. Together. All of us succeeding as much as we each choose. When we each want, even all the time.
Image credits: The first graphic is credited to Shutterstock. The second graphic is copyright Dan Abelow.