Dear Future,

How are you? I met you last week. Even if people say you don’t exist yet. But hey, in our minds we think about past and think about future. So your first sparkles are already here. Talking with you sounds a little weird maybe. Some call it dreaming, some call it visionary and some call it imagination. But we know now that future thinking is making us better and flexible. So I would love to talk with you about our digital world.

Last week I kind of visited you. During the week of ‘Dear Future’ I followed the session about ‘Unleash your digital potential’. One of the subjects was the curve of Moore’s Law. It’s says that technology is progressing exponentially instead of -what most people think- linear. More important than the process are the consequences. It means that the digital world is going must faster than the majority of people is thinking. Like you are running towards us. It looks just a tiny dot in the far distance getting a little bit bigger, but when coming in our face it’s going really fast!

The other aspect about it is that everything is changing all the time. They mentioned two different types of dealing with changes: adaptation and mitigation. Adaption is all about handling the change. Mitigation is the next step: to embrace the change and to create with it. What we see, is that even in The Netherlands there’s a large group of people who has got problems with adaptation. And they are not only elderly. Even young people. Though they have a smartphone it doesn’t mean they know how to deal with other digitalisation. Also the Belastingdienst experiences a lot problems because people don’t use their platform. And even world wide more than half of the people doesn’t have internet at all.

How about the step after adaptation, the mitigation?

Yes, some are very good at use the digital world. It gets extreme. Sander Duivestein wrote an article about ‘The Frightful Five’: the big digital companies are the new real life monopolists of the world.

So the case is, there are large differences in dealing with the digital world. It looks like the digital polarisation is growing simultaneous with the growth factor of technology. People not knowing what it’s all about and a handful people who do and have a lot of power.

dear future

Dear future, what will happen? Will a system like blockchain get more and more important and useful for the mainstream consumer? So we are owner of our own data instead of the Frightful Five? Will our children at the primary school learn about the digital world like we are learning reading and writing now? So everyone knows the basics of the growing digital world? Or is everyone transparant and we don’t have to learn because of an implanted chip in our heads? What do you think?

Maybe more people want to join me to dream about it and to visualize you. So we can make ourselves more flexible and creative. Maybe we learn this together for even more ideas and better understanding. That sounds very useful in a time where changing is going faster.

Let’s dream! Dear future, thank you for reading this in the now.

Judith Everaars

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