Until now humanity has known one reality, physical reality, and it controls us.
We’ve reached an historic turning point: The Earth is about to turn into a digital planet. We will use new technology to build our first Digital Earth.
We’re departing. When we design, build and run a digital world, we take control of reality.
The question seems obvious: What will our digital world be? The techie’s reply is, well, technical: New or evolved devices, interfaces, connections, presence, services, tools, networks, data centers, systems, processes, content and many (many!) other parts integrated together. That’s what fills the Expandiverse’s documentation and IP.
But “What?” is the wrong question. The right question is, “Why?”
What’s really important is the answer to “Why?:” I created the Expandiverse to support our journeys, not deliver us to an ideal destination.
There is no one utopia for all of us, but there are unique personal utopias for each of us. As we each find ours, we might try to build a great world for everyone together.
To begin, some might start with personal Expandiverse journeys: Can you reach your personal dreams if you are digitally free and supported in new ways? Who and what do you really want to be? When you control reality, you’ll get to choose. And you can try repeatedly until you find your dreams.
In another path, we might join in a shared Expandiverse adventure: Can technology give everyone a lifetime of chances to reach greatness? Could we enable a planet where everyone can rise to the top by achieving upward — without revolutions or attacking those at the top? What would our world be if everybody could be a winner… and become whatever they choose?
As we consider the middle of this century we might want new ways to work together in a crisis-threatened world: With 9 billion people large crises will affect a city or region, involving tens or hundreds of millions of people. Should we be a digital planet that can respond instantly — to collaborate, coordinate and contain crises before they begin, while they happen, and after they hit? A world with billions on the edge needs more than diplomats, governments, NGO’s and the military. It needs people who can collaborate instantly at any scale — including tens of millions when needed.
I created the Expandiverse because it’s much more than “new technology.” It’s an unexpected invention to use our digital transition to try for one of humanity’s highest goals, to leverage IP and competitive pressures to stimulate adoption, and to inject the idea that becoming a digital planet quickly could be a valuable and powerful addition to both our lives and our world.
Is it possible to build and live on a Digital Earth where all our dreams could come true, all at once? By every one of us?
This new kind of digital world won’t be built overnight but we might see the opportunity, and start building a world where everyone can be included, and everyone can be a winner. That could make us one of the most capable generations in history — right at the historic moment when the Earth needs us to rise to our full awareness and abilities.
A Digital Earth where personal greatness is taken for granted, and relied on when it’s needed.
Compared to today’s economic stagnation in the advanced economies, this might be a smart addition. Could the world’s biggest business opportunity be to turn the Earth into an advanced digital world?
When you’re in the Expandiverse let me know… Are you having fun yet?
Image credit: Dan Abelow