The future paradox | Changes of Tomorrow

We live in a paradox. What’s a paradox, you ask? Well according to the all savvy internet, a paradox is “a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated may prove to be well founded or true.”


We live in a paradox. What’s a paradox, you ask? Well according to the all savvy internet, a paradox is a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated may prove to be well founded or true.”

Look at happiness… we’ve never had it better as a species. Yet, rates of depression are increasing. That’s a paradox.

Our current state of life is full of seemingly contradictory ideas and unless we take the time to explore them and make sense of them, the future could become a paradox itself: the more we know of our future, the less we can control it!


What’s changing: Thursday, June 27th, 2019

We watch more series, more movies and more shows than ever before, but we go to the movies less. (5 min read)

We read more books, more articles, more posts and more text than ever, but printed media is collapsing. Except branded media, go figure! (chart; 1 min and 3 min reads)

The less privacy we have, the less we care about privacy. (4 min read)

You can run a marathon and get a finisher’s medal without ever running the city’s marathon. (3 min)

It’s totally ok to steal somebody else’s idea, (stories by Snapchat and now everybody else) (5 min read) but airlines sue you for skiplagging. (4 min read)

It’s no longer necessary to be great or an expert to breakthrough and be successful. (6 min and 9 min really worth of your time)

We have better equipped and bigger homes, but a lot of people don’t feel at home in their own home. (6 mon read)

When an automated machine screws up, a human gets the blame. (6 min read)

“Our humanity is getting us into our biggest problems, and it’s our humanity that will get us out of them” (7 min read)

BONUS: Watch “change is the only constant” come to life in this video. (1 min 25 sec)


Mental energizer

Basically with any kind of creative endeavor, anything that we do in our world — and this is, you know, for products or for companies — they’re launching into technically, what’s called a…there’s actually a mathematical term, “complex adaptive system”. The world is a complex adaptive system. And it’s sort of inherently…it’s not a predictable system. It’s not a linear system. It doesn’t behave in ways that you can expect. And that, by definition, so they say, is “complex” because it’s just, you know, many, many, many dimensions and variables, and then “adaptive”, like, it changes. Like, things change. The introduction of new product changes the system, and then the system recalibrates around the product.

And so, as a consequence, like, you just…you have to launch a new type product and have it succeed. You have to have a keen awareness of all of the different elements of the system. You have to have a willingness to engage in the entire system. You know, it’s a gigantic problem generally if you’re in denial about that, right, if you’re not willing to think in systems terms, right? And so that’d be the starting point to at least understand what this means in our world”

From “Hallucination vs. Vision, Selling Your Art in the Real World: Brian Koppelman Interviews Marc Andreessen” at a16z


Food for thought

Magic Moments

103 years old Julia Hawkins’ personal secret to a good life.
(She just ran the 100-meter dash)


Tomorrow’s numbers

The worldwide adventure travel market has grown from $98 billion in 2009 to $683 billion in 2017. From Fast Company

The data generated by cars will be worth as much as $750B by 2030.
From The Hustle

In Los Angeles 117 garage conversion (to housing) permits were issued to residents in 2016 – but in 2018 that number rocketed to 4,171.
From the BBC

The video game Fortnite consumes 25% of free time among teens who play once a week. (The game has over 250 million active users.)
From Morning Brew

Apollo’s computer had just 73 kB of memory, and it took up exactly one cubic foot of space. But in more than 100 days in space there was not a single recorded software error.
From Fast Company

There has been a 64 percent decline in the number of books checked out by undergraduates from Yale’s Library over the past decade.
From The Atlantic

We are also happy to announce a new series of articles about the Future of Jobs: 36hrs in the life of…” where we’ll explore the jobs that are currently defining and shaping our possible futures. Read our first issue “36 hours in the life of a Web developer by Valerie.



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

Photo by Arfan A on Unsplash.