Thinking Forward. Just for a Moment

Technology moves fast blah blah blah. But it’s true, in the short time I’ve been alive we’ve seen more technological advances then in all the years before I was born. I suspect that we’ll see just as many more in the next 8 as we’ve had in the past 30. I’m not one of those people who believes the human creative mind has a plateau, and if anything can be gleaned from the exponential rate of advancement this age of computers has brought us, it might be that if there is may be a plateau on the growth of the human mind, but there is no plateau on the growth of humankind. We move forward. Regardless of how much it is we actually understand about the direction we move [forward] into…

Technology moves fast blah blah blah. But it’s true, in the short time I’ve been alive we’ve seen more technological advances then in all the years before I was born. I suspect that we’ll see just as many more in the next 8 as we’ve had in the past 30. I’m not one of those people who believes the human creative mind has a plateau, and if anything can be gleaned from the exponential rate of advancement this age of computers has brought us, it might be that if there is may be a plateau on the growth of the human mind, but there is no plateau on the growth of humankind. We move forward. Regardless of how much it is we actually understand about the direction we move [forward] into.

If you imagine yourself in a pool running your hands through the water creating small waves. The further those waves run away from you the smaller they become. Technology has become the inverse of that. The advancements we make are like waves growing in size as they move away from us to the point that I believe that the systems we build today govern more intensely and more strictly with each passing day. A man makes a law, and a government passed it, and a country is needed to take it down. Can the same be said about governing technology? Think Facebook, a man creates a website, I don’t believe a country could take that down short of taking down the entire infrastructure that carries it. Would a difference in the way that technology was created change the state it is in today? Something to think about given that the enormous value of what that change would potentially be worth in retrospect to the minute energy it would have taken to initiate said change in the first place.

The world tomorrow will be governed by the things we create today. So while we need to create technologies to solve the problems of the day. We also need to consider how those solutions will affect the world of tomorrow and how they might evolve over time. The plateau your mind reaches may not be the plateau your creations reach. An idea may continue to grow regardless of your input. Which is beautiful in a way, but dangerous in another. Many advancements we choose to put in place, once in place will require much more energy to shift direction, if even possible in the first place.

You may replace that Facebook example with any of the technologies that you keep within arm’s reach any one moment in the day, or any of the technologies that keep the world around you moving. The tech grows exponentially, the direction it is pushed in is merely the base variable. The pushers of today would be steam rolled if they stepped in front of their creations tomorrow. So while it might not make a difference, [the initial intention of a thing] I believe it does, and It can have such a large impact on the future it may not be so bad to include it in your thinking as you create today.