“If I have seen further it is by standing on ye sholders of Giants.”
— Isaac Newton (and many others)
Over time the concept of human flourishing has changed dramatically. It will continue to change, even more dramatically.
Here are just a few key advances that have shaped how we think of what it means to flourish in modern-day society. For better or worse, both the concept and “how to manual” are always evolving. We learn new concepts, tools, and techniques to incorporate into UP literally every week.
These advances have enabled the current version of UP to exist. But what we can do today is only the beginning.
Over time inventions like machine learning, neurohacking, and forecasting systems will bring better critical thinking to billions.
Advanced control systems and distributed workforces will help us better accomplish our goals.
And ultimately, we will have artificial general intelligences that assist us in everything we wish to do in life. Assuming we survive that invention, which is far from guaranteed.
Right now, the best we have are HIs (human intelligences) that wield humanity’s latest conceptual and technological stack. UP in its current form can be considered an HI on-demand service. We can’t clone you (yet), but we do the next best thing: act as your second brain and set of hands. This is an immediate cognitive and executive upgrade.
In the near-future, UP may move from an HI-led model to an AI-led model. And in the long-term, our aim is to incorporate every relevant conceptual and technological advance our species develops. Hopefully, UP in 10 years will look radically different than UP today. And UP in 100 years, who knows…