The future is bright, but try not to get lost in it.
I am truly excited for the future, and I always have been. Perhaps it was growing up with video games, reading sci-fi like Ender’s Game, or just being a “millennial”. In any case the future has always excited me and made me look forward to every year following the current one.
In my teenage angst I probably spent too much time wishing away the present so the future would come faster, but now I see that the journey is the best part. How will I ever learn to appreciate what the future holds, if I am not to put up with at least some of the problems facing us in the present?
I also do my best to avoid any sort of phrase even relating to “the good old days” as I find that if the past really was better, then we probably wouldn’t have changed things. There are only certain circumstances for which I will invoke such a phrase, and these circumstances are always temporary.
For example, in non-VR gaming, the amount of innovation has been somewhat lackluster in my opinion for nearly a decade. Mods and indie titles were testing the innovative features of today “way back then”. And it seems the AAA titles are out for making money more than innovating. Luckily games like Fallout 4 prove that even AAA titles can utilize some very interesting elements. Though, most of those interesting elements were all present in mods and indie games years ago.
So goes the cycle of innovation.
It can take years or even decades for new technologies to make their way into the public eye. And there really is no point to complain about this, because those years in the shadows tend to be an incubation period of sorts, allowing new ideas to evolve into whatever form will most please the public eye.
There are still some innovations I am waiting for, perhaps impatiently. But I have learned that we have two choices when it comes to ideas that we believe should already exist.
Choice one: Get to work and take part in making the idea reality.
Choice two: Shut the hell up and wait.
If you’re not willing to take part in an idea’s creation, then you are more than welcome to take a seat and watch the game unfold. But please, for the sake of the rest of us, keep any nonconstructive opinions to yourself.
Like many people excited for the future, I would love to get involved in many things, but there are only so many hours in the day. Luckily we live in a time of unprecedented innovation. Things change so quickly that you can almost guarantee any idea you have will exist sooner or later. When you have an idea for something awesome it only takes a few google searches to reveal somebody somewhere trying to tackle it.
The sheer amount and speed of innovation can almost be numbing. It’s somewhat overwhelming once you dive into the internet rabbit hole of new technologies. So much so that you may find yourself in a state of numbed contentedness with the world, knowing that things are probably going to be alright with or without your help.
This mindset is one of living a distracted and passive life. Not necessarily a bad life. Really it will likely lead to a very comfortable low stress life, since technology tends to make our lives easier. This only compounds the ease at which we can become distracted in this modern world.
It is not hard to dive into the innovation rabbit hole, set up a nice soft bean bag, grab some grub delivered straight to your door, and revel in the beautifully informative distractions abound.
Feeling all the while that somehow all this consuming might actually be helping with the furthering of humanity.