The da Vinci gap

Imagine a future guided by the principles found in the pre-computation era of science-fiction (everything prior to the 50s); a culture that tackles the holistic challenges, where social changes are cherished and respected; a culture in which innovators and leaders understand that vision, passion and creation are the backbone of progress and development. Imagine a world where we’re are encouraged to fully explore the potential behind the promise of a better life.

A world where we break away from thought-fixation and shape our own future.

The present evolution

Concepts dating from the 20th century and before are evolving, becoming more refined and, sometimes, more useful. The 2016 package-as-a-reality-show-and-push-it-to-the-masses was all about super smart little things we never knew we needed. Big players promised artificial intelligence and virtual reality and super-thin, big screens.

Simply put, what sounded amazing but really turned out pretty crappy with hindsight keeps coming back, improving with each and every iteration.

Giving the power of new knowledge to people who aren’t really interested in possessing a particular kind of knowledge can be tedious and hard work, bordering on impossible. Steve Jobs (the head of some kind of fruit company) helped move us from the clumsy technology of central computing and code interfaces to the friendly environment of the Mac and the iPhone, mostly based on a few ideas and a firm belief.

Jules Verne, Philip K. Dick, and Frank Herbert weren’t afraid to break the mould, imagining a future quite unlike the world of their time. They didn’t tell stories. They made stories, shaping the ego of our self-beliefs.

Reshaping the present, shaping the future

The future doesn’t really exist. The feeling of time is a cognitive fiction (Gell-Mann) The future, and nothing but the information processed by the individual and the collective — and the way we will process this information — will dictate our understanding of it.

Being an optimist is easier when you know how to isolate negative trends. Once free of them, we need to imagine what we want and then dare to experiment and think freely. We gain knowledge and wisdom when we try and fail. Even as we become aware of our weaknesses, we also become more vigilant and transformative.

Humanity has proven this over and over again. Even so, our journey had just begun. We believe that the deeper we look at the challenges we’re facing, the better the reality we will build.

We need to believe that the best solution to a problem is not hitting it with everything we have, but by viewing it from all possible angles. If something does not work for its intended purpose, it might work for something completely different.

(r)Evolution can start with the simplest idea. We need to dream big dreams and believe in at least one. Da Vinci did.

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