The Future Isn’t Going To Feel Futuristic

The Future Isn’t Going To Feel Futuristic

A noted writer's guide to what the future holds for us in the coming decade and how to survive it.

Naresh Kumar
  • 11 october 2010

Renowned Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland recently wrote a prophesy of what the next decade will look like. Aptly titled “A radical pessimist’s guide to the next 10 years“, Coupland’s article explores some hard truths and tips to survive in the coming years.

From the Globe And Mail, here are his top 5 predictions:

1) It’s going to get worse

No silver linings and no lemonade. The elevator only goes down. The bright note is that the elevator will, at some point, stop.

2) The future isn’t going to feel futuristic

It’s simply going to feel weird and out-of-control-ish, the way it does now, because too many things are changing too quickly. The reason the future feels odd is because of its unpredictability. If the future didn’t feel weirdly unexpected, then something would be wrong.

3) The future is going to happen no matter what we do. The future will feel even faster than it does now

The next sets of triumphing technologies are going to happen, no matter who invents them or where or how. Not that technology alone dictates the future, but in the end it always leaves its mark. The only unknown factor is the pace at which new technologies will appear. This technological determinism, with its sense of constantly awaiting a new era-changing technology every day, is one of the hallmarks of the next decade.

4) Move to Vancouver, San Diego, Shannon or Liverpool

There’ll be just as much freaky extreme weather in these west-coast cities, but at least the west coasts won’t be broiling hot and cryogenically cold.

5) You’ll spend a lot of your time feeling like a dog leashed to a pole outside the grocery store – separation anxiety will become your permanent state

Douglas Coupland

The Globe And Mail: “A radical pessimist’s guide to the next 10 years”

[via Next Nature]


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