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9 Windows helps us think in space and time

August 11, 2020

9 Windows is an excellent instrument for thinking, mapping thoughts and thinking in space and time.

9 Windows tool has been recently deployed to the PRIZ Guru Innovator platform. This is an excellent instrument for thinking. Please login to the Innovator, choose 9 Windows in the Creative tools list and start to analyze and predict the future.

How does it work? 

Create a 3 X 3 matrix to get 9 fields – 9 Windows as shown in the image below:

The horizontal axis reflects TIME and is presented in three phases: PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE. To be clear let’s take an example:

PAST – Seed,


FUTURE – Fruits

The vertical axis refers to SPACE that is separated into three parts: SUBSYSTEM, SYSTEM, and SUPERSYSTEM and also related hierarchically: Subsystem is a part of the System, while the System is part of a Supersystem. Example:


SYSTEM – Tree,


Thinking and filling in all 9 windows in the sequence as shown in the image above will help to make an order in the thoughts and even to predict the future.

Case study

Let’s try and analyze the future of a digital image that we are all very familiar with.

The first step – System at the Present: Digital Image

The Subsystem of the Digital Image are the digits stored as Virtual Particles on the Physical data storage

Supersystem would be Powerpoint Presentations, movies and etc.

In the past, we all still remember, there were Printed Photo Images:

Subsystem (components) of a photo image were Physical Particles on Physical Storage

Photo images are kept in the Photo albums – that is the Supersystem in the Past

Now, let’s have a look at the sequence:

Physical Particles on Physical Storage —-> Virtual Particles on physical storage —-> ???

Clearly, it should be Virtual Particles on Virtual storage

The Supersystem in the Future will be Digital albums on the virtual storage

And the System in the Future will be a Virtual image on the virtual storage

What does it mean? What is virtual storage?

Virtual storage is our brain, our memory. To keep a virtual image on virtual storage means to be able to remember the image and be able to make the image somehow visible to others.

Sign in to the Online platform: find 9 Windows and start to analyze the past, and the present and start to predict the future.  

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    November 12, 2020

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      November 25, 2020

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