Travelling across the Digital Universe: A visit to the future — Chris Uwaje

Travelling across the Digital Universe: A visit to the future — Chris Uwaje

Our Digital Universe is complex and supercharged by the brain – speeding our thoughts per nanosecond.

It possesses the ability to perpetually exist in an autopilot atmosphere of the mind.

Long time ago, the wise man said: ‘Heavens, Earth and Man equals Civilization’. Indeed, that can be translated to mean that ‘the treasure for future generations lies in understanding that the past remains the enemy of the future unless we learn to obey the laws of nature’! Better said, ‘everyone who dreams of, and dares change, must take a leap into the unknown – constantly governed by laws of nature’.

The above objective is achievable, if driven by fundamental structures governed by the theory of determinism. The theory holds that the universe is utterly rational because complete knowledge of any given situation assures that unerring knowledge of its future is also possible. Travelling across the digital universe, therefore, requires that we train our mind and prepare it for the ultimate adventure to visit the future. This mission becomes dramatically possible when we think without the box to unleash the innovative energy in scientific discovery. Whether we like it, dream it or not; humanity has just embarked on the digital trajectory to discover a new world and a new culture; with many light years to travel.

Meanwhile, the foregoing makes innovation a grossly misunderstood terminology – especially when applied to the digital universe.

Can all we uncover anew really be classified as innovation? Unveiling the answer becomes critical. Especially when we have observed that its utilities and values are sporadically somersaulted and consumed by the acceleration of time at the speed of thought. Common understanding is that innovation is a process subjected to undergo change. Innovation sums up to the creation of a new process that changes the way we do things and adopt new modifications to solutions in existing conditions. Whereas Invention is different from Innovation.

Invention is the discovery of something that is entirely new in all its compositions and functionalities that has not existed before.

To fully understand the fundamental strategies required to travel across the digital universe and hub into the future of thought; it is important to wear a planetary spectacle! According to Stephen Hawking: ‘I have led an extraordinary life on this planet, while at the same time travelling across the universe by using my mind and the laws of physics. I have been to furthest reaches of our galaxy, travelled into the black hole and gone back to the beginning of time’. Indeed! That can only originate from a great deep thinker endowed with a mindset to travel into the future’s future.

Yes, our digital universe is complex and invites us to a conquest of the future – today. Digitization is a process based on fundamental principles and governed by deterministic laws of human needs. It is not just a tool to solve a little problem; but an architecture of a thinking machine equipped to function dynamically by obeying concrete laws and operational instruction.

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While we follow the money machine opportunity presented by digital commerce; it is instructive to submit that there are differences between assumed and tested principles. Especially, those that can be updated by circumstances of needs reconditioned by fundamental requirements. Such as critical requirements that are driven by concrete laws of nature. Just as we discuss Climate Change as a central concern and critical part of the environment of the universe; we must go beyond the physical and virtual conference halls and reimagine the digital future. This is important, since the digital ecosystem is just a component particle of the Universe of life made up of ‘Space and Energy’.

Again, we need to borrow a leaf from and return with reference to Hawking:

‘At the end of this, the fact that we humans who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature, have been able to come to an understanding of the laws governing us, and our universe, is a great triumph’.

Therefore, with special regards to the Digital Universe and casting a peep into the future; we need to sit back and ask: what are we innovating, developing, and building, for whom and for what? And above all, what are the fundamental laws governing our digital mission?

In context, we are invited to recollect that the word Fossil Fuel was first used in 1759 in the work of Caspar Neumann – a German Chemist. It was a novel scientific innovation. And whereas, around 4,000 years ago, an unknown person in China discovered Coal; the black stone with ability to burn into flaming fire. But in late 1600, Coal overtook firewood as a source of heating. Then, there came the first Steam Engine (Newcomen engine) in 1712.

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This invention changed the world!

That invention led to the Big change known as the 1st industrial revolution. Fast forward, today, we live in the same planet Earth as glorified habitats; now hunted and held captive by the terror of fossil fuel! The many challenges of digital innovation as we travel into the future is; will humanity be confronted with the same experience of negative impact of some aspects of digital transformation? As we travel into the digital future, we must interrogate today’s innovation.

For instance, empowered by Quantum Computers, will AI and Robotics become a morbid extension of human life and takeover all activities? Arguably, there are outstanding and multi-dimensional benefits in the deployment and application of Quantum computing; just as it was for Fossil fuel during its emergence. But we who have travelled from the past to arrive at the future of its embedded gifts, are now challenged as we fell the heat. Going by the immense power of Quantum Computing, indications are that as we travel across the Digital Universe to embrace the Future-of-Things; there would be dare consequences for future generation.

How do we overcome those unknown but monumental challenges? I wish I know the exert answer/s!

Available data reveals that the global quantum computing market would be worth USD949 million by 2025. And by 2030, the number of quantum computers worldwide would be between 2000 and 5000; with ability to process and run trillions of operations per second. In 2019, Google’s quantum computer did a calculation in less than four minutes that would take the world’s most powerful computer 10,000 years to do. Expectations are that the world’s first fully functional quantum computer can make better medicines; create smarter artificial intelligence, and solve great riddles of the cosmos.

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Fast forward: yester-years, we swam in the euphoria of Mainframe and Personal Computers. Today the numbers have not only grown exponentially; but now present all over our government apparatus and educational institutions with enormous power. Computers now occupy our homes and our pockets. We now move around with more powerful mobile devices – the Smart phone and Smart watches.

So, let’s bring our mind to speed.

Imagine that one day as we travel across the universe and arrive at the digital future; individuals/indeed everyone will have access to and enjoy the ubiquity of Quantum Computers; engaging in conversations with their relatives and loved one’s resident in Mars, Moon, and never-being-heard-of planets? FB, Google, and others as we know them today will look like Millipedes! The key equation to ponder is: where will quantum computing lead humanity and how do we avoid the weaponization of the vanishing human empathy and clean-up its adverse effects?

I wish I could tell you the answer now!

But trust me, the evident answers await the massive populations of coming generations; particularly as they travel across the digital universe to discover the digital future that beckons on them with many unknowns to visit and conquer?

Join the audacious thinking mindset that continue to question;

‘Why are we here and where are we from’?

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