The Stack And Why It Matters To Human Growth

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The Stack And Why It Matters To Human Growth

We’ve spent the last few weeks focused on the human Growth Triangle and how it applies to tech.

Now I want to introduce you to “The Stack” shaping technology — and why it matters to human growth.

I believe that combining these two is essential to building a brighter future.

The Stack

The stack has three layers.

Starting from the bottom, it includes the “The Real” or IRL physical layer, the “Hybrid Augmented Layer” where most Transformative Tech sits, and the Fully Digital Layer or Application Layer, where the “Metaverse” and Digital Twins sit.

The Stack touches and will reshape every industry and every element of human endeavor. 

It is the ongoing digitization that is happening everywhere.

Real Space

Real space consists of the physical layer. 

Here,  we have people, factories, inputs, and molecules of all kinds.

It is at this layer where the health, wellbeing, and culture of individuals and our societies visibly exist.

This is the real space where neuro, bio, and behavioral data on human health and happiness can be sensed. 

It is also where the “Human Transformation” gets expressed, where the results of the Growth Triangle show up in how we live and treat self, others and planet.

Transformative Space

If you could see wifi, blue-tooth, and data streams, you would see that there is another layer of reality that sits directly atop Real Space. 

This is the hybrid layer, where data goes up and down the stack. 

Today’s interfaces for this layer we call “augmented reality” where most product executions (think Pokemon) allow you to see the Real and the Hybrid layer at the same time.  

In this layer, we have the output of sensors, co-bots, wearables, and data collectors of all kinds.

This is the layer that determines the extent to which the potential of the digital space can be harnessed for the good of the real space.

This transformative space bridges the gap between the exponential potential of the digital layer and the transformative impact that we need to apply in the real physical space.

Without this connecting layer, we will not be able to harness the expanding opportunities to radically transform human health, potential, and happiness. 

When considering this layer, most people think of Black Mirror examples of a visible Facebook rating system.

I think we can do much better than that.   

In addition to this being a data transport system, we could use this layer to extend our human senses.

To see like butterflies, navigate like birds, smell like dogs, feel one another’s heart beats at a concert, hear the mycelial network beneath the forest floor, understand whale song, and much more. 

Do not let fear and the rough early examples of this layer dissuade you from building here.

Fully Digital Space 

On this layer, you’ll find pure data, AI, applications, and visualizations. This is where we find digital twins, games, and the “metaverse.” 

It also could be the place where, unobstructed by physicality, we are able to re-access the part of our consciousness and perception that evolution demanded we limit to survive.   

Does one need technology to access this? No, not at all, if you have a lifetime and a monastery you too can sense the invisible — the connections between us, the planet, and with enough practice, perhaps even timespace and the very nature of reality.

Do we need technology to enable approximately eight billion people to sense this while we still have time to save our planet?

You bet.  

We will talk more about this in the coming weeks.


P.S. For those about to reply about attachment and all is perfect as it is – yes, I agree, one must be careful to create without attachment and all is perfect as it is, including change. 😉 

Comments (6)

  1. Debi Stack

    Thank you Nichol! This is the perfect representation of what we understand as technologists and try to articulate to our family, friends, citizens, government, business leaders, and politicians. My name and experience across the full stack lends itself to the elegant design. My interest is in creating a more wonderful world with a digital twin and our meme for New Orleans is “Start with Music. Keep the Peace. Save the Planet”. I would love to discuss The Plan and The Stack with you!

    Cheers, Debi
    p.s. Forest Mars recommended the book “The Stack” and from what I’ve gathered it’s very much about the stage we are at now: Governance

  2. Ken Johnson

    Hi Professor Nichol,
    Don’t quite understand, Stacking or the Human Growth Triangle. How long would it take
    to gain a working understanding and ability to use, and what would it cost.
    Ken Johnson
    415 532 – 7053

    1. Troy

      Hey Ken… From what I understand Nichol has highligthed 2 frameworks. 1) the growth triangle and 2) the stack. Both highlight how we can apply technologies to advance humanity beyond our current state of suffering. The opportunity is to look at what technologies are emerging and how we might apply them at different places within the frameworks to help us to evolve. It’s not one mega technology, but thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators across the world working to elevate human consciousness

  3. Troy

    And we can build technologies to more effectively interact with all levels of this stack. I really love how you are showing the application of technology and how it can serve the progression of humanity in the linear way we currently live and as we are moving towards becoming expontential.

  4. Mary Alber

    As always, your perspectives are helping to re-frame the world as it is rapidly evolving with converging technologies.
    I’ve just started a course in VR/XR Design with MIT pro which is awakening me to the crucial social implications – and the “human stack” of which you speak. The middle transformative/hybrid layer is where the magic of synergy and collaborative co-creativity must come about. And be expressed both in metaversal and physical world creations .
    My team is working on how to unleash this magic among our young people through gamified, self-directed collaborative learning and creativity. Instead of squashing their souls and creativity as schools do so thoroughly these days.
    Could we discuss how Trans Tech could serve to empower this unleashing of potential in our youth via Thrive Lab Ecosystems and Self-Preneur Game of Life?

  5. Hoffman

    Hey Nichol- This is a fantastic description of a “bridge” offering I am working on in Bacalar Mexico. I would love permission to use it in my pitch deck? I am also very interested in being involved in any conversation on this stack.

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