Why empowr (Part 11)

by Johnny Cash on March 03, 2017

Why empowr (Part 11)


Hello everyone,

Together, we've been reading the Why empowr book, written by one of the empowr founders. 

If you're interested in why empowr was created, or want to know where it's headed, this is a good way to find out. 

Just joining the conversation? You can read the earlier parts here:  
Part 1:   Here
Part 2:   Here
Part 3:  Here
Part 4:  Here
Part 5:  Here
Part 6:  Here
Part 7:  Here
Part 8:  Here
Part 9:
  Here
Part 10: Here 

 

As always, many thanks for your thoughtful comments that you left in the earlier parts; we're all reading your comments very carefully.

Network Technology changed the world

As companies and entire industries have gone online, the world has become a much smaller, more efficient place. Tasks that only a couple of decades ago would have taken hours to complete now take a matter of minutes or even seconds. This increased efficiency has made people’s lives safer, longer, more productive, and, in many ways, more enjoyable.

In addition to all these positive effects, network technology has allowed information to be shared at nearly unimaginable speeds. This free exchange of information is leading to technological advancements that are drastically improving nearly every aspect of our lives. 

 

There are plenty of people around today who remember a time when international calls were a luxury reserved for special occasions. Back in the mid-20th century, making an international call was a bit of an ordeal. First, you had to leave your nice, warm house and proceed to a telephone office. Once there, you had to grab a card and wait for a phone booth to open up. After that, you had to wait for the operator to connect you to whomever you were calling.

From all accounts, the phone call itself was like shouting into a cave, with your own voice often reverberating back at you from the telephone speaker like a flock of angry bats. The person on the other end of the line was typically so difficult to hear that callers often joked that every long distance phone conversation took place twice in one call, as nearly every sentence had to be repeated at least once.

On top of all this, chances are that the phone company operator was listening in occasionally during the call, so they could disconnect you when the phone call was over. (The grandmother of one of my friends worked as an international switchboard operator, and he says that she has fantastic stories about some of the phone calls she listened to over the years.) Finally, when the call ended, you left your booth and paid a very hefty fee for each minute you’d been on the phone.

Nowadays, there are many different ways to have an international conversation with a friend from the comfort of your couch, using your very own smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can chat with your friend using one of the numerous chat services like Google Talk or Facebook chat, text your buddy instantly using the text feature included on every phone since the 90s, call your friend using your phone’s regular dialing feature, or even use Skype, Google Voice, or any of the other freely available VOIP international calling services.

In addition to having your pick of services, you can also have every one of these conversations with little to no call interference and nobody listening in (except for maybe the United States’ and/or your own country’s National Security Agency). Best of all, many international calls can be made completely free of charge. International calls are just one small example of how network technology has changed an industry. Here are a few more examples that come to mind.

Networked Technologies are Optimizing Humanity

Think back to a time before Google, if you can. Imagine that you needed to find a piece of information. This information could have been an answer to a question about the world or perhaps the name and location of a store that carried a product you needed. Chances are that, to answer the question, you had to consult an encyclopedia or do something really drastic, like ask another human being. To find the store, you might have checked the local phone book.

Now, think about trying to find absolutely any information, product, or service today. Where would you go first? Personally, I’d type whatever it is that I’m looking for into the built-in search box on my internet browser, and Google would probably find exactly what I’m looking for and put it on the very first search page. This process gets more efficient every day since Google’s algorithms and access to content are second to none. Consequently, a search that would have taken minutes twenty years ago (or even hours, for harder to answer questions and harder to find products) is now completed in a matter of seconds with a much higher chance of success.

Next, let’s think about how you used to buy books (and many other items frequently purchased, nowadays). If your friend told you about a really great book by their favorite author and said that you absolutely had to read it, where would you go to get it? Well, if you were particularly frugal, you might go down to the public library and see if the book was available to check out.

Otherwise, if you wanted to buy the book for yourself, you would have to call the local bookstores to see who had it in stock and then go to purchase it. Alternatively, if, after all this calling around, none of the local book stores had it, you’d have to ask them to order it. This process sometimes took weeks, depending on the popularity of the book. Once the book arrived, they’d call you, and you’d have to drive down to the bookstore to pick it up.

If you want to buy a book today (almost regardless of how hard it is to find), all you need to do is type its name into the search box on Amazon’s website, buy the book online, and, if you’re an Amazon Prime member (which you should be; it’s a great service), you’ll probably have it delivered right to your door within a couple of days or be able to download it instantly to a digital device of your choosing (my personal preference). Even if you’re not a Prime member, you’ll still probably get your book delivered to you in less than a week.

Am I starting to paint a picture for you of how much things have actually changed? Great. Then one more example for good measure won’t hurt. I promise it will be an interesting one.

Let’s say, twenty years ago, you wanted to have a big party one weekend. Imagine that you hadn’t seen a bunch of your friends in a very long time, so you decided to invite all of them to this party and make it a really fancy affair: catering, open bar (because you’re classy like that), the whole nine yards. First, you’d have to figure out which of your friends you actually liked enough to invite to your awesome party. You might search through your contact book and find the people you most wanted to see. After that, you’d search the yellow pages for a venue, call around town to find the right caterer, and then put together invitations and mail them out. If you were lucky or really efficient, preparing for your party would probably end up, at the very least, taking a couple of days.

Now, imagine the exact same party today. You invite all your Facebook friends from your “People I Actually Like” list with a few clicks; search Yelp for a caterer; find and reserve the best venue on Google; and the entire process could be over in a matter of minutes. I’ve already covered Google a bit, but no discussion of how network technology has changed our lives would be complete without touching on the dominant social media platform of our time… Facebook.

While people like to complain about Facebook, sometimes for valid reasons, nobody can argue that it hasn’t revolutionized how people build and maintain their network of friends. It’s even redefined the word “friend.” (A common question today being, “Is he just your Facebook friend or your real-life friend?”) And, despite complaints, a lot folks’ lives have been changed for the better because they are a part of Facebook.

In any case, the real point of this last scenario is to show how an activity that, just a few years ago, would have taken a lot of time and energy to complete could possibly take you just minutes to throw together today. Now, multiply all that saved time billions of times over by the many millions of different people who repeatedly use these services, and you start to get an idea of how big an impact network technology has had across the globe.

Finally, look at everything I’ve written about in this chapter. Twenty years ago, to accomplish all the tasks mentioned, you would have needed an encyclopedia set, a phone book, a clunky old non-portable telephone, transportation to visit physical locations, and a ton of patience. Now, consider how every single thing discussed above can be taken care of from the computer in your home today or on the smartphone in your pocket. And none of these stories even touch on the astonishing benefits that network technology has given to research and development, and has given in support of new technologies across every single profession and field.

To wrap up this chapter, I’ll ask you to think about one more thing and then I swear, I’ll move on. All the stuff we’ve talked about so far has pertained primarily to information-oriented tasks, services, and businesses. At the very least, all the physical items being looked for were small and portable. This lack of physical collateral means that a lot of the businesses discussed were either made in the Internet “cloud” or changed fairly easily to leverage the benefits of the cloud.

But, as network technology has evolved, even businesses with significant physical collateral like hotels, taxi services, and airlines (to name just a few) have started to move the majority of their business online to take advantage of the cloud. This trend will someday result in every single product and service that people want being delivered to a physical location of their choosing, based on a request they make from an electronic device they carry with them probably twenty-four hours a day. The future sounds great, right? A utopia where every person gets whatever they want, whenever they want it?

Well, unfortunately, this is the part where I burst everyone's bubble and talk about the real, imminent, genuinely scary dangers network technology poses to our world, and the highly quantifiable (and accelerating) destruction it’s causing.

269 Comments

Russ Toews

Great post! I love this series.

7 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thank you Russ.

7 months ago
Amada Marcelino

I am very optimistic that empowr will give new challenges to the growing population around the world especially on building economy of the nation.
I am very proud that I am a part of this community!
More power . success and good luck to all of us!.
May God bless us all!--mady

7 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thanks Amada... I think you will be really proud when we get a look at the things coming down the pipe. Total game-changers - empowr will not be recognizable by year's end -- and my favorite part is that all the good stuff coming has been the top things (solutions to the top pain points) requested by the community.

7 months ago
Eduardo Orpilla

Interesting, informative article...way to go Johnny!
Thanks Empowr!

7 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thanks Eduardo.

7 months ago
Md. Ariful Islam

Awesome post I like it & have a nice day.

7 months ago
Muhammad Sarwar

The future sounds great, right? it's just unbelievable.
I hope the new generation will value the network technology as much as we do.
I am very happy that I am a participant in this project.

7 months ago
Mishael .

It is interesting to know where EMPOWR comes and where it goes.
I knew nothing of their origin. These documents explain everything very well.
I hope to contribute with the Mission of helping my friends to win using this social network. It is a great opportunity for overcoming that give us. Thanks EMPOWR

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Miguel, it's nice to hear that the chapters are giving you more insight as to what empowr is (where it comes from and where it hopes to go). Keep in mind that its all of the contributions that we each make, that will ultimately be why empowr succeeds. We're lucky to have such dedicated citizens to push empowr forward! Thanks Miguel.

7 months ago
Amy Maria Talledo

Interesting, informative series of blogs...thank you Johnny
Thank you Empowr.

7 months ago
Richard Burger Co-Founder Life Builders Country

That is very true I been alive to see it all take place just over the pass 50 years
here in the United States and there is still parts of Kentucky that they cannot
change because of being on mountains so they still have the old ways of everything
unless they want to go to gas power would be only way to do it.

7 months ago
Madonna Marie Perez

Great post! Yes, network technology has changed the world. It became one of the "needs".. I always use internet as well as empowr, i will not let a day pass through without using it..

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Madonna, you're right in that instant network technology is a "need" now. It would be tough to imagine life without it! Thanks :)

7 months ago
Sergey Zubenko

Great Blog! Thank you for the information! The entire world joined ...

7 months ago
Oxana Rogutko

Thank You Johnny! As always, interesting and useful information.

7 months ago
Crispina Palopalo

Wonderful network technology that changed the world. I am glad to be with Empowr that will soon blast the economy helping billions of people globally. Thank you Empwr. Thank you JC and hi to all.

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Crispina, your positivity is always contagious! :) We surely hope to help billions of people with our technology. Thanks Crispina!

7 months ago
Marsianec .

Interesting information, thank you.

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Thank you, Marsianec!

7 months ago
Normina Esmael

The New trend and technology makes things that used to be impossible become a reality... We have our Empowr vision and we are getting there, with the help of this network technology, we could get there sooner! ... I'm so happy to be a part of this Empowr community... thank you JC!

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Normina, you're right that technology has really really changed our "reality" - making things were once seemingly impossible...possible. Thanks Normina!

7 months ago
Olga Zhuravkova

Thanks for the info. Network optimization technologies of mankind. It was interesting to read. Good luck to all!

7 months ago
Gera22

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7 months ago
David Bruyland

Interesting post, thanks!

7 months ago
Life Is Everything (faith)

Indeed you shared perfectly right, the real global change because of technology that anyone cannot live withoout these days, like like craving for food everytime needed. A lot of disadvantages and advantages specially to coming generations.Personality and character changes so fast to the extend of making internet a source of living no matter what it takes good or bad without fear. On the other hand, I believe that Empowr was formed because of positive views globally. Goal and purpose will bring world unity , econonomy and social forms through global democracy. If other social network prosper, im sure Empowr will prosper for a cause...Thanks a lot to the founder of it and all admin members.My positive views is still far more...thanks Johnny.

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Glory, you're right that the changes and advancements in technology have had an impact on people and society. Our reliance on technology is obvious, and it has become such necessity for many. We also look forward to seeing how empowr will fit into the larger picture of global democracy and technology as it keeps growing. Thanks you for sharing, Glory!

7 months ago
Vadim Shiryaev

You are absolutely right. At least today it is impossible to live and exist without using servemennye technology. They facilitate our lives. Accelerate the course of events.
"all the good stuff coming has been the top things (solutions to the top pain points) requested by the communit" - It's fine!!!
I am very happy that I am a participant in this project. If I put in the creation of at least a minimum - I am very happy!
Thank you by Johnny Cash

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Vadim, it's great to hear that you're excited about partaking in the empowr project! Every contribution that you make to the empowr community and economy will only push empowr closer to success. Thanks Vadim!

7 months ago
Artem Busygin

Great post! thanks!

7 months ago
Mann Ansari

Hello, I'm from India but my rank shows in Singapore & when I go bid or buy something from my country it shows that you are out of India. I have selected my time zone of India & my location too, but it's showing me out of India. Please fix this issue soon. I hope you will fix it as soon as possible.
Thanks
Mann

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Mann, the team is investigating the issue. Thank you for letting us know! We apologize for the inconvenience.

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Also - don't forget that you can now report any bugs by clicking "$20 for a bug" (click the downward arrow at the top right of the page). Thanks!

7 months ago
Jeannette Leduc

I am really enjoying all this excellent info and of course he leaves us hanging to see where he goes next!

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Jeannette, awesome to see that you're still hooked and following along!! :)

7 months ago
Zarobudin Mirzoev

Awesome post I like it & have a nice day.

7 months ago
Valeriy Yanuchenok

Interesting article!Thank You Johnny!

7 months ago
Enmyjobs

Interesting information, Thanks

7 months ago
Olga Rakhimova

Excellent post! I like it, thanks!

7 months ago
Asif Iqbal

Very good "Network Technology changed the world"

7 months ago
Azeem Khan

good write up keep it up

7 months ago
Stepan Medved

This is very useful, interesting and informative blog,
thank you for sharing my friend and have a wonderful day ahead!

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Thanks, Stepan! Have a wonderful day, too!

7 months ago
Vladimir Pankulych

Very interesting information. Thank you!

7 months ago
Аleksandr $$$

Thank you for a good exchange. I will be glad to see you on my page. Have a good day.

7 months ago
Ron Tarlton

Interesting just pray we can keep up with technology. Thanks for sharing this information with the community.

7 months ago
Ovidiu Coblis

great post
International calls in Romania (before year 1990 ) they were very careful heard of the secret services,
it was very difficult to make an international call and it does not come to the door in the next hour secret service.
It was very risky . Literally, you risk to be executed.
The last part of this post is 100% real . Thanks

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Ovidiu, thanks for sharing. It's always so interesting to learn about other countries, cultures, and histories. Fascinating!

7 months ago
Parvu Chivuta

Excellent post , thank you very much for all information ! Have a good day !

7 months ago
Anna P

Hi JC,
I agree that Network Technology changed the world.
Still remember the telephone offices I used in the past, and looking at the opportunities we have today, it's just unbelievable.
I hope the new generation will value the network technology as much as we do.
Thank you Empowr for existing. Thank you JC and the Amazing Team!

7 months ago
Nadezda Jevstafjeva

Thanks for the book Chapter. After all, the world has become increasingly clearer. A glimpse into every corner of the world... This is so cool... communicating with people friends and for Dating. The opportunity to be always in range... Access to a personal account, just shake your smartphone...It's a real network revolution. And what will happen to nature? The globe is enmeshed in a network of invisible threads... I Wish you all prosperity and good mood. Empower, you are great! ♥

7 months ago
Olga Kopteva

Interesting, informative series of blogs...thank you Johnny
Thank you Empowr.

7 months ago
Yahjindu B. Nwaokeabia

Interesting information, thank you.

7 months ago
Jawad Jee

Yes it's true that the technology now a days inhance very quickly in this world.

7 months ago
Doina Hrincu

Agree network technology change the world,
but I hope that moral principles are not be omitted.
Thanks for an interesting posting series.

7 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Doina, that's an interesting point. As network technology continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how morals fit into the picture. Thanks!

7 months ago
Tatyana ***

Thanks for the memories, Joni

7 months ago
Ayman Abusaa

Yes true, we are living in a world that network technology becomes a major role in defining the way we live.
And good to be part of empowr world at the moment that will optimize our humanity. Thank you

7 months ago