Smart sharing networks help everybody rise

Everybody can use the world’s best smart phone. Even Bill Gates can’t buy a better phone than a high school kid.

What happens when everybody uses the world’s best knowledge? Like GPS, our best paths to success will be turned into Active Knowledge that can be delivered to everyone. When the sharing economy is added to that, everyone will have access to humanity’s combined abilities, tools and resources. The world’s tech products, services and digital content will serve everyone who wants to rise and become the best.


Kibera Slum in Nairobi - Attribute khym54

Rooftops in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums


At six in the morning women in clean blouses and men in well-patched overalls walk down a narrow packed lane, backs straight and heads upright. They drop banana skins and wrappers from quick-fry breakfasts, crushing them to dust under thousands of mostly unshod feet. Everyone flows in the same direction, toward the fast-growing city of Nairobi and its jobs.

Kamau Kgosi’s eyes were alert, focused on the phone screen in his hand as he walked. Unlike the others he had just arrived on an overnight minibus from his dusty village, all his worldly possessions in a small faded sack. His cousin had left three years earlier, impoverished. When he returned for a visit he showed off clean clothes, two mobile phones and the latest tablet. Kamau returned with him, and now he walked toward the city with the morning’s crowd, looking for work on the mobile he had borrowed from his cousin.

Without his knowing it, his cousin had opted-in to Active Knowledge. This free network service offered the best known information and choices to everyone as they use devices. That made most of search obsolete, while giving everyone the world’s best know-how and choices.

Suddenly an unexpected popup appeared on the screen and a voice said, “You’re new at this device. You’re at a low 22% level in your job search, compared to others doing this. Do you want to increase to a 72% level of success?”

Though Kamau didn’t know it, Active Knowledge had used large numbers of similar responses to identify the most successful task paths. Then, like GPS, it delivered those steps as optional choices to each user who wanted them.

Kamau wasn’t sure what to do, but needed work so he verbally answered “Yes, help me.” The screen cleared and it showed a picture of a modern tablet whose screen displayed a list of jobs. “You need to use this device because it runs a Nairobi work finder. Do you want to rent it or use it by sharing?”

Since he didn’t have any money Kamau said, “Share it.”

In a few seconds Kamau’s mobile phone connected virtually to the expensive shared tablet that was running the “find work” app. Now his screen listed immediately available day jobs. A popup said “You can use this tablet by remote control if you trade the use of your phone and its public content and apps. Do you agree?” Kamau agreed.

Little did he know it, but Kamau had just added his phone to countless other shared devices worldwide. Together, the Expandiverse made growing pools of processing power, apps and content accessible worldwide as users accessed others’ devices and shared theirs in return.

Sharing transformed tech’s worldwide products and services into an open resource where individual users no longer need to buy every piece. With new payment systems, even the original vendors of the products, services and content were being paid when they were used.

Rather than turning off older high-powered systems, countless people left their old devices as fully loaded so they could run them as shared devices. These built their owners’ “sharing credits.” High-bandwidth networks delivered their software and apps, online services, subscriptions and digital entertainment books and movies. Many of those owners grew sharing accounts that let them use the world’s vast tech capabilities as an “always on” personal resource from all their screens.

Kamau was pleased as the popups continued, guiding him in finding and confirming his first day job. In case he wanted to achieve faster and better, it offered options for how to dress to impress a new employer, and where to buy those clothes and shoes on his way to that job.

Kamau didn’t know it, but these purchases helped pay for Active Knowledge. In the same way that Google’s Search is really an advertising network, Active Knowledge was an invisible, embedded buying channel that fit every user’s immediate needs, every minute of the day. Active Knowledge made a lot of advertising, shopping and online stores obsolete. Whether Amazon, Google Shopping or Macy’s, Active Knowledge made them all obsolete by delivering what everyone needed personally and privately — during the task when it was needed immediately.

Because sharing was an easily affordable option, the Expandiverse “shared digital economy” was a popular choice. For most people, digital sharing produced higher living standards with more personal satisfaction than buying and owning.

Within minutes Kamau was walking with his head held high, guided straight to his first employer by GPS from the tablet he shared by remote control. He was guided by stores where he could buy or share better clothes, and he paused to look. That would come soon, he thought, as he started making money and would need better clothes, devices and need to know what to say to succeed.

As he walked, Kamau listened to a few tips about how to make this a good first day at a new day job.

It’s last message told him “If you use Active Knowledge more and follow its suggestions, this can raise you to the 88% level in finding and keeping day jobs.”

Kamau smiled as he exited Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums, and entered Nairobi for his first day of work on a Digital Earth.


Image credit:  Kibera rooftops, in Nairobi, by khym54.