“If I have seen further it is by standing on ye sholders of Giants.”

 Isaac Newton (and many others)

We designed UP because, to our knowledge, nothing quite like it existed. In our 20 years of upgrading people, we’ve never seen a program like UP. And it seemed painfully obvious that something like it should exist. It’s at least a worthy experiment.

This may be true because the conceptual framework didn’t exist until recently:

  • Expected value was invented in 1654
  • Economics as a separate discipline was invented in 1776
  • Experimental psychology was invented in the 1830s
  • Humanistic psychology was invented in the 1920s
  • Project management was popularized in the 1950s
  • Transhumanism was popularized in 1957
  • Positive psychology was popularized in 1998
  • Lifehacking was popularized in 2004
  • Quantified self was popularized in 2007
  • Human virtual assistants were popularized around 2007
  • Life automation was popularized roughly in 2007
  • Lean startup was popularized in 2008
  • Effective altruism was popularized in 2011
  • Upgradability is hopefully going to be popularized soon

The technological framework is new as well:

  • Home automation was popularized around the 1900s
  • Modern digital computers were invented in 1948
  • The Internet was invented in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Modern spreadsheets were invented in 1979
  • The World Wide Web was invented in 1980
  • Modern videoconferencing was popularized in the 2000s
  • Modern smartphones were popularized around 2007
  • Modern digital project management tools were popularized around 2010
  • Nootropics were popularized around 2011
  • Digital virtual assistants were popularized in 2011
  • Smart homes were popularized around 2013

It takes a while for conceptual and technological changes to propagate throughout society. It’s a lot to learn and master. 

These changes have enabled the current version of UP to exist. But what we can do today is only the beginning. Down the line machine learning and distributed workforces may bring better thinking and execution to millions. Advanced control systems may help people stay on track with their upgrades. And neurohacking may allow us to radically upgrade our intelligence.

In the near-term, we may move from a many-to-one facilitation model to a fully automated software model. If you’d like to help with this, reach out

In the long-term, the aim is for UP to incorporate every relevant conceptual and technological upgrade society develops. UP in 10 years will hopefully look radically different than UP today. UP in 100 years….