I recently saw a list of ten things that will disappear in your lifetime and was most intrigued by the inherent self-confidence (audacity) required to pen such a list.
Actually, much of the list wasn’t news. The article read like it was five years old. Although there was a lot of good information, I think the author was off the mark on books, music and television.
At the same time, I think s/he was dead on with her/his predictions related to cloud storage. The rest seemed quite accurate, though not terribly insightful, and some of it was almost tragic.
Among my favorite ever TV commercials are the AT&T “You will” series, which aired in the 1990s. You will remember these as optimistically visualizing how AT&T’s miraculous new technologies would transform your everyday life. None of the technologies presented in the commercials existed at the time. Some still don’t. They were science fiction.
Now it’s 20 years later, and their predictions are at once surprisingly accurate and bashfully innocent.
Anyone can be a futurist, especially if you make predictions about the distant future. Why not give it a shot? Did you know there is a membership organization, World Future Society, “dedicated to serving as a neutral clearinghouse of ideas on the future?” It even publishes a magazine (never mind the publication’s future).
A WFS membership might be especially helpful for those who may feel they lack the expertise to be futurists. For a mere $79 per year, you can join “thinkers, political personalities, scientists and lay-people to share an informed, serious dialogue on what the future will be like.”
Perhaps I’ll join and predict the future of web development.