How to read the future?

Within the Internet, we all have access to the same information. So, I’m always wondering why some people get more out of it than others. My current answer to this is that those people know the right questions. They not just consume but digest the data so it’s being processed into knowledge. This is what I’m trying to share. Not the facts, news, info, cause there are a lot already, but the mindset and the questions you could ask yourself in order to better digest the world around you.

What will happen next?

Look at the pictures and try to read the future. Think about a transformation that will happen in a moment.

Learn physics of the process

There are different ways to read the future. When it comes to me, I prefer using a ball. Nope, not the crystal ball, but the basketball one. See the ball? See the future? What will happen next? Well, the ball will fall. We’ve studied physics at school, heard about gravity from books, or just experienced falling ourselves. Anyway, we are pretty confident about that. And the reason is simple. We know this, cause we know how the ball works.

Get the context

Yeah. Not that fast. Let’s assume the ball will fall. But where to? In what direction? In order to answer this question, we need to get the context. Where is the damn floor? What if the picture we are looking at is upside down? Or maybe it’s us who is upside down, and the ball, the floor, and the picture are absolutely okay. To be 100% sure, we need to check that it’s not a ceiling that looks like a floor for no reason, or that the building itself is aligned with Earth gravity, or that it’s indeed on Earth and not floating in outer space (which will be very problematic and will cause some issues even with our initial assumption).

Understand the driving force

Physics is about the rules. Context is the playground. What we really need to predict the next moment is to recognize the driving force. Who is throwing the ball and where is it going? Lost in metaphors? Well, every trend, every process on Earth have some starting point and some visible target or end state. Computers want to be as fast as instant, the Internet as free as… well, nothing today is free, but it is worth trying. Any tech innovation aims to penetrate the market so everyone uses it every single moment while becoming maximum effective at a minimal cost.

Capture the movement itself

Still, there will be several options left. You can’t predict tomorrow from today. Yesterday should be studied as well. Take several snapshots, and the movement will reveal itself. The longer you follow the process, the more obvious for you is the pace and the possible shifts. The future is now, but it’s defined in the past.

Predict the shifts

Processes never exist in a vacuum. The real way to read the future is to look into intersections of different shifts happening at the same time, influencing each other’s development. Once you’ve got to a good understanding of where you are, movement itself doesn’t bring any new information, so all you are looking for next is a turn. This is how trends work. It’s not the growth that matters, it’s the tipping point.

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