PROLOGUE TO ALL FUTURES
THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE, IT’S JUST NOT YET DISTRIBUTED *
The future is never as utopian, nor as dystopian as Silicon Valley or Hollywood, respectively, would like us believe. The future is immediate — it is born every day — in the labs, fabs, studios, garages and VC hallways of the world. I can’t think of a more rewarding life, let alone career, than the one that allows you to actively partake in it.
Once in a while, I have had the chance to get a glimpse into these futures-in-the-making by visiting, and sometimes even collaborating with some of the visionaries — artists, scientists, technologists — who are creative-engineering it today.
INNOVATION X CULTURE X SUSTAINABILITY
I work as strategic advisor consulting prominent figures in the entertainment industry, as well as technology companies, startups and funds. Big part of what I undertake today involves thinking AR/VR and integrating it into larger businesses or entertainment properties.
The projects that interest me most have to equally cover new ground in: innovation, culture, and sustainability — three words/notions/areas that I hope would soon merge to become the foundation upon which we build our future. As RONY ABOVITZ, founder of MAGIC LEAP, says: ‘Technology needs poetry’. I will also add that to remain relevant to its time, poetry needs technology too.
It’s all about ‘Connecting people, ideas and things that are working, but not yet working together.’ — NICOLE PATRICE DE MEMBER, HIGH ORBIT
‘People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better.’ — RAY BRADBURY
My fascination and love for VR lies precisely in its promise to be the perfect medium to prototype these potential futures of us — futures we might aspire to, or futures we might want to avoid.
We start building future by thinking future: ‘Visions matter. Visions give people a direction and inspire people to act, and a group of inspired people is the most powerful force in the world.’ — BRET VICTOR
What drives me more than anything, is trying to figure how we could bring together, and nurture, a community of such people — inspiring the world not just by ideas and things we develop, but also by our working methods. Sharing not just the end results — packaged stories — but also the process that leads there. Failed, discarded, overcome visions of the future pave the way to the future — and talking about them openly and constructively is that one interesting conversation largely missing in the media today.
IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES
I didn’t think of technology, I only thought of communication. — HARPER REED, MODEST (formerly CTO, OBAMA FOR AMERICA)
The most interesting subject of discussion is never the technology itself, but what we can do with it, and what impact technology had, has, and, above all, will have, on our relationships. Our relationship with ourselves — how we see ourselves ‘in the world’ and ‘of the world’; and our relationships to others — cultural, political, social relationships, or lack thereof, on both micro and macro scales.
We have to constantly remind ourselves that it’s never not how much we do that matters, but how much impact what we do has. It should never be about creating more content, but about creating content that would have a transformative value to the world.
ART X TECHNOLOGY = AFE
ALLFUTUREEVERYTHING.COM — AFE MEDIA is a platform for prototyping futures, founded by myself and a group of friends connected by the mutual interest in how tomorrow is shaped.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. — BUCKMINSTER FULLER
AFE is conceived as a meeting place to share knowledge and explore all the ways to enhance the human potential, which is not just about finding solutions to existing problems, but really about visualizing the kind of future world(s) we’d like to inhabit. Creating a vision so compelling that it bleeds back into life. Seeding the kind of ideas that we would all be inspired to work towards.
The first concept of the project/community was born over a year ago, and we’ve been working on it ever since — glimpses into our exploration will start appearing via www.allfutureeverything.com . Please share with us your future thinking.
- The original WILLIAM GIBSON reads: ‘The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed ’.
- I would like to thank ALYSHA NAPLES, BENJAMIN PALMER, HARPER REED, HOWARD GOLDKRAND, JESSE KRISS, MARCEL SINGER, MORGAN SUTHERLAND, NATHAN GAYDHANI, NICOLE PATRICE DE MEMBER, PATRICK MULFORD, PAUL HYNEK, ROLY PERERA for their ideas and edits.