The future effect of small changes | Changes of Tomorrow

We love big, seismic change. The news of radical innovation and change are easy to react to. There is a before and after that clearly sets a new way forward.


Electric and autonomous vehicles are a good example of that. It might take a little time for total adoption, but we will get there, probably sooner than later. But once we understand what electric means (no more gasoline) and its impact (a greener planet) we can easily imagine the future and plan for it.

The interesting fact is that most progress comes in small doses. Progress, as the combination of economic, technological, scientific, cultural and organizational advancement usually happens silently and subliminally, until is amplified over time by mass adoption.

Take emojis 😂 A new language (or not) used by more people than speak the English language. They’re also being used to solve complex logistics problems in day-to-day business operations. But would you have said back in 1999 (or 2005 for that matter) that emojis were to become one of the most significant communication inventions of the 21st century?

The future is being created daily in small doses.

These are some of them…


What’s changing: Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Robots have learned to heal themselves. If the goal is to create human substitutes, we are on the right path. (3 min read)

There are 12 new ways of being buried. One involves Disney! Not bad considering the funeral industry is worth $17 billion. (4 min read) Truth is, we are running out of space (5 min read)

You can now do this with deep fake technology. How long before we can’t tell real and fake apart? (2 min video)

A life without pain. CRISPR can do it, but should we? (4 min read)

Artificial trees can help our most crowded cities. It’s not surprising that the invention comes from Mexico. (2min read).

The curb has become the future’s battleground, and what to do about it. (3 min and 2 min reads)

Generation Alpha is the next group to shape our future. This generation was born beginning in 2010. Connected from birth, and the most educated generation in history. (3 min read)

Mental energizer

To teach us to discern good from bad, she assigned a seminal text from the 1930’s, The Crystal Goblet, or Printing Should Be Invisible. In it, Beatrice Warde, a typographer, poses a question. If you were a connoisseur of wine, would you choose a clear, crystal goblet to drink from, or a gold, ornate one, studded with jewels? You’d choose the crystal goblet, she answers. Why? Because the design reveals the content. It elegantly and succinctly solves a purpose. It guides the user toward the objective, without distraction. Good design is transparent.

From “Be an elegant simplifier” by Kate Clayton


Food for thought

Match quality

The term economists use for the degree of fit between an individual’s abilities and interests and the work they do.
The large majority of people who have found fulfilling work said that same thing. They focused on short-term goals. They’d say, here are my skills, my interests, and the opportunities in front of me. I’ll try this one. Maybe a year from now I’ll change because I will have learned something about myself. They do that over and over until they find their own ground.

A.I. Watch.
Today A.I. can accurately… select and create game highlights reels (like in soccer, baseball, American football, etc)
Is it better than humans? Not necessarily, but A.I. doesn’t complain about being an intern’s job. Besides, A.I. has been writing previews and recaps for a while now.
Forecast? A.I. will completely take over this job.


Tomorrow’s numbers

About 80 percent of primary school students in Europe study English (up from about 60 percent in 2004)
NYT Parlez-Vous Anglais? Yes, of course.

In Britain, the number of EV charging locations now outnumber gas stations.
Axios UK’s charging surge

15 years ago, an exciting internet search company went public…
Morning Brew

Two-thirds of mobile searches end without a click.
Axios Goodbye clicks

Each day, we squander 1,250 calories of food per person, enough to feed a small child.
Fast Company Why we need bigger, better data

Cattle ranching is responsible for the majority of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, which has increased by 88% in the last year.
Morning Brew

Starbucks has around $1.6 billion in stored value card liabilities outstanding. This represents the sum of all physical gift cards held in customer’s wallets as well as the digital value of electronic balances held in the Starbucks Mobile App.* It amounts to ~6% of all of the company’s liabilities.


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This week’s exploration of possible futures was curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist.

Photo by Bernard Hermant on Unsplash.