System D is characterized by massive decentralization and its use of a digital abundance economy, which enables the free and open use of digital goods by everyone. Open access to scientific and other data, as well as open science helped to overcome the rigid centralized industrial interests distorting scientific results in key industries. Basic incomes and reputation incomes enabled a large degree of positive freedom, and effective decentralized self-organization of people and their efforts towards solving the world’s problems.
Thus, the new dynamic economy accelerated technological developments and efficiency increases. Artificial intelligence, atomically precise manufacturing, solar power, and asteroid mining were quickly developed and utilized to achieve economic growth rates (measured in conventional terms) than significantly exceeded 10% per year.
The consistent application of integrated systems thinking enabled a much better regulation of society and ecosystems, as compared to the illusion of centralized control prevailing in system C.
New governance systems that integrated direct democratic and meritocratic elements that were supported with artificial intelligence enabled politics to adapt at a sufficient rate to keep up with novel technologies and other societal transformations. This development decreased the importance of the old nation states, while voluntary decentralized and distributed communities connected via the global information networks rose in influence and power.
Industrial processes became increasingly automated through AI and robotics, and increasingly decentralized though 3d-printing and nanotechnology, so that a high level of material abundance for all human members of the system D civilization.
The upgrading of humans through cybernetic enhancements, longevity therapies, and integration with artificial intelligence makes system D the first transhuman societal system in history. Nevertheless, the (trans)human-centric philosophies of system D are its main remaining limiting factor, which prevented the full flourishing of the world which was in principle enabled by the technology that was already available under system D. This is changed with the transition to a more holistic cosmic life-centric view in system V.
Alternative names for system D
- Network age
- Information age
- Decentralized age
- Digital age