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As I sit here reviewing the latest Service Request document, listening to Dr. Steel sing about the Singularity with an article on transhumanism open in the web browser, it suddenly hits me: I am passively, yet eagerly, awaiting the future. The passivity bugs me.

The question I am asking myself is this; "What am I doing to make the future more awesome?"

How does one make the future more awesome? Technology is one way. Organ cloning, iPhones, collaborative technology and the stuff of incomprehensible buzzwords. The raw tools of the Amazing Future are the technological and scientific discoveries of today.

Another way is cultural1 - art, Art, music, fashion, literature and the other dozens of media that bond us all together. The simultaneous record and genesis of our collective unconscious. Vaguely speaking, contributing to intentionally changing society into something a little bit niftier.

I have friends doing thier part on the technology side. I have friends doing thier part to stave off the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse, and friends working to be ready for when it comes anyway. Friends who write, friends who create art, friends that fight for political change, friends who are walking paradigm shifts2 in stylish shoes.

When I look at my own life, I find that I just sort of sit here waiting for the Future to arrive. I am a passive consumer of the Future, sitting around reading about tomorrow and wondering when my flying car and jet pack are going to arrive.

Now, having 31 years of experience of being me, I strongly suspect that I'm not going to undergo some major change of self that's going to see this changing.

In the end analysis, the answer to the question "What am I doing to make the future more awesome?" is simply "Waiting. Watching. And hoping I notice the Future when it comes by." I don't know that that is good enough, but it might be all I've got.

1And yes, I'm blurring media, art and culture together into one bucket. It is intentional.

2I cannot believe I just intentionally used the phrase "paradigm shift".


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Jun. 15th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Hm...I've trained people who write software to control autonomous vehicles.
Jun. 15th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
patience is also a form of action.
Jun. 15th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)

Why not reinvent yourself? Put yourself into a situation where you're forced to, structurally. I mean, choosing not to is valid, of course, but you only live once.
Jun. 15th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
You could join the Steel's Army of Toy Soldiers.

And do what exactly I don't know, but it might amuse.
Jun. 16th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
If nothing else, working on the outfit would give me something to do.
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
One thing you're doing to make the future more awesome is being yourself. By noticing and collecting some canes, for example (and this is really a thank-you note), you've made my day limitlessly easier. I really appreciate the loan. It's let me get to work more easily and with less pain, but also to have something lovely to help me along. And here at work, I create things to go forward with.

Also, jetpacks aside, the portability of Google Maps is my evidence that we're in The Better Future right now. As such, I think noticing and picking up beautiful things is helpful in generating a better place going forward.

And I find it astonishing to regularly discover well-run, decent human packs of geekery these days. So there's also that.

Thanks so much.
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