A Very Public Rebute

June 12, 2021
Steven McCormack
1 min
Screeching U-Turn

Coming in hot, chaps. I'd like to take issue with something I'd written only very recently. In writing to build, I mentioned about 'seeing the world as it is, and not as it ought to be'. What a crock of shit. That is not building better. Or thinking better. It is certainly not progression. By limiting myself to what I can observe only in the here and now, I deny myself the joy of dreaming. And as an eternal optimist, that just ain't gonna cut it. Let others offer the bear case for the future. This is home for musings of a sunnier disposition. This is where ideas can be articulated, rejected and iterated on. Even stolen (on the condition of superior execution, of course). So on that sweet and pleasant note, where shall I (we) start?

Shattered, Then Steady

Let's consider the year 1900. European empires were invincible, with half the world under imperial influence. The motorised vehicle was a plaything for the upper crust. Flying machines were something out of science fiction. By 1969 we were on the moon. And Europe was a mere chessboard for the United States and the Soviet Union. That's an epic transformation, even before you add in the horrors of WWI and WWII. Now let us rewind 69 years from today, back to 1952. Life isn't all that different, really. Cultural norms have shifted (thankfully). Many of us work with screens rather than tools. Yet we still rely upon cars and motorways. We still watch TV. We still seek employment with large companies. Hell, some of us still read newspapers.

Gradual, Then Sudden

So how will the next 69 years pan out from here? I believe we are going to witness some epic changes. Take computing. I am reading through Steve Job's biography at the moment. What I find fascinating is that the way we navigate the digital world today was largely hashed out in the 1980s. Cursers. Documents. Browsers. Tabs. Folders. Word. Excel. We've certainly iterated on the theme, all thanks to the internet and Moore's law. We forget how touchscreens and video calls were once science fiction folly. But the digital age feels like it's about to shift gear. We are now moving from the liberation of information to the liberation of value.

Crypto innovation and culture is butting up hard against geopolitical interests and entrenched power structures. It's going to be one helluva ride.

Signing out, Steven.

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