6
June
2008

Back from the future 08:24 on Friday

I used to think I was interested in the future.

But as much as visions of future can be exciting, I increasingly find future to be boring. All the designers seem to have the same “radical” visions for the future, which become not so radical when you realize how popular they are. Everyone is overly optimistic about how little time it will take us to get there, yet most of those visions will never become reality. In fact, I believe in that we overestimate the short-term future, but I also believe that if we find a truly meaningful and useful vision, it will often become true sooner than expected.

It’s a lot more interesting to envision and design stuff that can be truly meaningful and useful today. Simple things, improved.

2 Responses to “Back from the future”

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  1. Tom Armitage Says:

    Sounds to me like you are interested in the future! But I think the future you’re interested is a definable one, perhaps best described as tomorrow.

    The problem with “the future” is it’s often used as a loose, wooly term for an indefinable point in time when radical/crazy new technology makes things possible. But tomorrow is also the future, and it’s probably a more important one.

    The important thing is to make the “short-term future” really short-term.

  2. Niko Says:

    Very clearly put and straight to the point. Tomorrow be my target now.