One Finite Planet

About: Who and Why.

Why? – Who? – A Futurist?

Why?

Ok, it says ‘who and why’, but I am putting why first because I feel it most relevant. Why and who just doesn’t sound as good.

Firstly, let me clear up, despite the adage “there is no such thing as a free lunch”, this site is not this site is not focused on generating revenue through promotion or advertising to generate revenue. If I ever get to the point where I am looking for revenue from this hobby, it would be through ‘buy me a coffee’ or something.

Nor is this site attempt to convince the world of a specific point of view or perspective. There are times I come to a conclusion, and feel “wow, others should see this”, but only to share, and I am very open to other conclusions. Rather than content aimed to polarise, the now proven path for popularity, I tend to try to look for balance of both sides, which unfortunately is unlikely to tickle anyone’s confirmation bias. So, no compromise for popularity. Anyone is welcome to read, and comment and provide other perspectives for consideration.

My goals are learning, and finding answers to questions raised by what I, and others, encounter.

Have your ever heard “if your really want to learn, then teach it“. Most of posts here are created because I have an idea that feel I requires further exploration. By trying to put my ideas into a page, I am organising my ideas in the same way when trying to explain what I understand to someone else. It is like try to learn enough to be able to ‘teach it’. That is, each exploration, is my going through the process of ‘mastering’, or becoming confident I have reached a conclusion on that topic. This means that while I am organising my thoughts to a level of preparedness to for presentation to an audience, the main person I am trying to convince is me. If you disagree, then I welcome new information to consider. This site is not to preach or convince others, although sometimes I do feel I have discovered things I wish to share.

The posts are written as explorations of ideas. Writing down thoughts and exploring as I write, and as the goal is exploration.

The pages here are not organised to generate ‘clicks’, so not much traffic is to be expected. Most search engines are driven by AI optimised to have you using their search engine as much as possible, which means pushing people ideas to towards extremes, and driving outrage. As your search results are mostly ‘recommended for you’ on the basis the pages suggested will reinforce ideas you already hold, and push you further to extremes, these pages in their attempt to be balanced, are not likley to be search engine favourites.

If you do stumble upon these pages, it is unlikely you hold extreme views, or search engines would send you to pages to reinforce the views you already hold. If you have stumbled here and find views contrary to your beliefs….well …search engines ‘recommended for you’ algorithms fail sometimes I guess.

In the fashion of an armchair philosophers, I pontificate mostly on what I consider are the ‘big issues’.

More often that not, in the process of writing exploration, my own views change before the end, from those I held at the outset. When that happens, I have had a learning experience, although sometimes the evolution of ideas can make the exploration and unclear journey. That is a pity, because it is these times, when the though process has \ most interesting. In fact, sometimes I arrive at endpoints that are complete surprises.

I am compiling a list of these surprise results which can be found on the page surprises, together with a summary of the surprises, and links the post or posts that brought me to the surprise conculsion.

I am also trying to create a table of contents, organising the thoughts into logical sequences. That is a work in progress, and needs more time.

The ideas published here are NOT done so to convince others, but research the ideas. If the logic presented here leads you to the same conclusion then you may sometimes find that interesting. Even more interesting maybe if it initiates your own further enquiries that call in to question what I have said.

Who?

I do have a science background, but have spent most of my life effectively as a futurist, predicting and working on the next wave of technology for the future. This has been both in ventures I initiated, and as the head of product development for major international organisations. I grew up with a love of Science, and my first university course was a science degree. Although, in this galaxy, that was long, long ago, and I have never actually worked as a pure scientist. I have done quite a variety of things, including working in the music industry and in motor racing, but the vast majority of my experience has been in technology. In practice, it has been a career in the practice of analysis and logic. From analysing business practices through to how to use electronics to automate turning logs into sawn timber. I had roles from Silicon Valley CEO, director of European companies in several countries, been based in latie America, and had roles as programmer, electronic circuit designer, Director of Product developer through to ‘systems analyst’. What is common is the ‘analysis’, the application of logic to problems where I am not the expert in the specific field, but have access to people who are experts.

Everything I discuss in posts here is simply taking information, hopefully provided by, and attributed to, knowledgably experts, and using logic to assemble the information to reach a conclusion. As stated in ‘why’ posts are to promote discussion and further research, they are not posts to convince, although the goal is to craft perspective that is convincing.

A Futurist?

There is no formal training to be a futurist, but then again there is no training to be a CEO either, unless you think an MBA really does help. In fact my roles as CEO and directing product development all arose from success at foreseeing future trends.

Nor does being a ‘futurist’ involve a crystal ball, or some gift of prescience. Like most things, getting better just comes down to practice, but sufficient time spent doing research is also essential. If you spend the same time analysing possibilities as I have, you would probably come to the same conclusions. It is faster when someone has found the information first, and the information I have found may save you a lot of time getting your own answers. Hopefully the amount of practice I have had helps a little too, but I am not always right, and as it is from the times you get it wrong that you learn, I have done some learning. But when you keep going and working at it, eventually you get proficient at what you do.