“The Exponential Leap 2017-2027” (also known as “The Leap”) will be a multi-media publication-and-immersive experience. It will be launched at an event called Exponentially Human to be held in 2027. “The Leap” will be developed in such an open and collaborative way that it will have been accessible long before the official launch. But there are benefits in having a deadline, after which no more contributions will be accepted. The deadline is the party at the end of the Exponentially Human event.
The Leap will look at a fracture point that occurs between two different global “realities”. Before the fracture point there is the past reality of people’s lives as lived in “the-past-and-the-present” of the times leading up to 2017. After the fracture point is the reality of people’s lives as lived in “the-present-and-the-future” in the time looking forward from 2027.
This fracture point (which in hindsight may appear sudden or gradual) means that by 2027 things will “be different”. It will be obvious to (almost) everyone that there is no way to go back to the way things were in 2017, including some of the mindsets and institutional norms of the period.
For some people their experience of The Leap may be compared to the experience of a heavy thunderstorm. In the time building up to the storm there is a heaviness, and darkening, and a physical feeling of pressure. Then the storm finally breaks (and people have different feelings about the experience of violent storms with their thunder, lightning and downpours). After the storm there may be a physical sensation of less pressure in the atmosphere and a sense of freshness (although irreparable damage may also have been done and will need to be dealt with). “Before the storm” and “after the storm” are different. So it is with The Leap
Another way of looking at The Leap and our current sensitivities to it, is to compare it to an earthquake, with its foreshocks and aftershocks. According to WikiPedia “A foreshock is an earthquake that occurs before a larger seismic event (the mainshock) and is related to it in both time and space. The designation of an earthquake as foreshock, mainshock or aftershock is only possible after the full sequence of events has happened.”
If The Leap is seen like the disturbance of a major earthquake then some of the events and disturbances that people are experiencing today may be seen as foreshocks. These “foreshock” events and disturbances may be better understood later, after The Leap has happened. Then the interconnections between all the “foreshock disturbances” will become obvious.
There are many implications of The Leap, and at the Exponentially Human 2027 conference there will be much debate about exactly when The Leap began, exactly when the fracture happened, how much of The Leap is completed, and how much it is an ongoing process.
After the fracture point of “The Leap” has happened some people will still be in denial. They will be trying to construct a version of reality that fits their view of the past-and-the-present, as if there had been no fracture point. Some people who are “off-grid”, regarding various ways the world works in 2017 and later, won’t be so aware of the shifts and fracture point of The Leap although its effects will ripple out to them.
“The Exponential Leap 2017-2027” will be officially launched and celebrated at the closing party of an event called Exponentially Human 2027. In my imagination the publication and the event are already real. If you understand and believe the William Gibson quote “The future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed” then you’re probably already seeing evidence of The Leap and the elements of the 2027 celebration.
Some of my friends have joined me in setting the date aside (September 16th -18th 2027). You may like to do the same. Maybe, if some of the trans-humanists are right, I’ll have an enhanced exoskeleton or something by then to help me wear my years lightly and bop with the best of you.