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Agile Publishing Model.

Futurist David Houle

Welcome to the future!  The future of humanity and the future of publishing.

I am very excited about my new book Entering the Shift Age and the new model of publishing Sourcebooks has created, the Agile Publishing Model (APM). The APM is an innovative platform that allows authors to make their content available faster and in a more flexible format. For example, to suit your needs and interests as readers, Sourcebooks offers a variety of ways to purchase the content of Entering the Shift Age, either in individual parts (“mini eBooks”) or as a whole. (Check out “How to Purchase: The Agile Way”.) You can learn more about the APM by watching the video below.

This is part of the future of publishing. Now let’s turn toward our own future, the future of humanity.

We now live in the Shift Age, a time of transformation that will be regarded by future historians as one of the most significant periods in human history. The Shift Age is one of those inflection points or times when much of humanity will change how we live, how we think, how we interact with each other and what we do.


 

The first level of both transformation and market acceptance will be when vast numbers of people start wearing augmented reality glasses or carry smart phones with augmented reality apps. Whatever the person sees will be augmented beyond what is actually in the physical reality. Curiosity will be immediately satisfied. In fact, at some point, the answers to questions will be provided faster than the person can think of the question. We will all move through time and space with an enhanced experience that will be truly transformative and mind-altering.

This first phase of augmented reality will obviously lead to new business models and applications. Apps will be provided for free by marketers wanting to keep brand awareness literally in front of the consumer. Deeper levels of augmentation beyond the basic levels, may cost additional amounts of money, most likely on a subscription basis. Special versions of augmented reality apps could be sold. For example, architects and people in the construction business could look at buildings and see the schematics and all the utilities. This could help in any rehab or retrofitting work in addition to immediate education on innovative structural designs. Auto mechanics familiar with one kind of car could wear augmented reality glasses when learning how to repair cars of a different make. Almost any kind of diagnostic work could be enhanced with augmented reality.

Think about how significant augmented reality will be in education. Children going on field trips will have ever so much more knowledge and information. Curiosity can be immediately satisfied and self directed learning can happen anywhere. Adults wanting to learn a new profession or skill may not need to spend a lot of time and money to go back to school. Instead they can wear the augmented reality glasses or goggles of their new profession such as the auto mechanic mentioned above and learn the skills that are immediately needed. In other words augmented reality will not only enhance learning experiences at all levels, it may in fact replace some forms of education at lower costs and allow people to complete it in less time. Augmented reality will allow self-directed learning to accelerate as it can take place anywhere. Those that want to move more quickly, and therefore less expensively through higher education can do so. In addition augmented reality will allow classroom time to be much more about high level conceptual interaction as data and facts can be instantly accessed before, during and after the time in the classroom. The essential technical skills taught in community colleges and trade schools can be learned more deeply, quickly and can be applied immediately at jobs students are working while obtaining their degree.

 



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