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Do we no longer care about the future?
Plenty of people care about the future I suppose. I imagine the more future you have ahead of you the more potential interest in it you might have? At least past the point of youth whereby you begin to imagine a future past a present, and before a certain age whereby you focus less on the future which seems less than time past or present?
Do we care what gadgets are coming out next year? Or do we mostly care about what gadgets are freshly out now, or coming out next month?
Do we care about how are jobs will be in a year, or do we care about how our jobs are right now compared to available alternatives?
Past oriented, Present oriented, Future oriented. Most of social media focuses on what just happened, what is happening, or what will happen momentarily. News blogs almost exclusively self link, or link to other blogs that have just been posted. The word "News" itself has abit of a bias too. News wasn't fast enough, so Breaking News took over. Breaking news wasn't fast enough, so "developing news" replaces it. Developing News, News so fresh, you're right in the middle of it, it's happening/developing now.
Big things, attract big attention. Small things kept small attract little attention. In an attention economy, attention is valuable. In a fast economy, staying small and under the radar and implementing with surprise is valuable too. What is between the two?
A land of laws, or a land of men. Laws are slow and predictable. Men can be fast yet erratic. Which way to go. Go? A future oriented word? A word that implies one should be somewhere one isn't. One does not "go" and stay in place. One goes "elsewhere."
Want. A future oriented word? Be. A present oriented word? Is. A present oriented word? Developing/Breaking? Is? News? Future? Focus on the future, but a very close future? A very present future? A very obtainable future? A fleeting future?
The butterfly effect, a chain of unknowable, yet related consequences that compound over time? Shrink the timeframe and increase the certainty? Noone knows what tomorrow may bring, but how knowable is the next hour? How do you leverage the certainty of the hour without falling victim to the months from now hurricane sparked from the butterfy's flutter?
Is concern for such a thing hopeless future bias itself? Of what value is concern for the present - Anxiety? Concern for the future - Worry and planning?
What is possible? Present oriented? or Future oriented? Depends perhaps on "conditions". No conditions, present oriented. Conditions? Butterfly effects.
For all their rabid data consumption, there was a lot the engineers didn’t know. That was partly why Mark made Facebook, and why the boys of the valley were so busy turning our lives into data, as if by doing so, their algorithms could tell them something that their eyes and hearts couldn’t. As Thrax [one of Facebook's engineers] announced triumphantly at his desk one day, “I just wrote an algorithm to tell me who I am closest to!” He went on to show a set of scores that, according to his algorithm’s calculations, revealed how close he was to all his Facebook friends.
Smartphones, tablets, open source, social media, apps, streaming. It's all normalized.
No longer a seperate space.
No longer a place for early adopters.
Disruption itself has been brought into the fold.
The first wave of four, due out in early to mid-August, includes Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing Fighter flight suit, fan-favorite droid R2-D2, bad guy Darth Maul and an Imperial Sandtrooper.
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