“In the twenty-first century, those who ride the train of progress will acquire divine abilities of creation and destruction, while those left behind will face extinction.” ― Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Think the world today is scary? Then look to the future.
That’s what I did after Brexit, the 2016 US Election, and increasing polarization among social groups left me thinking the world was going backward, not forward. I found myself stuck in an endless barrage of negativity with each new day’s news.
To distract myself (and recover a bit of sanity), I started learning about the emerging discoveries, technologies, and societal experiments shaping the future. Once I saw what was coming the worries about the latest political outrage seemed small by comparison.
And what I realized along the way was that the future always saves us from the present.
Think about it…
Do you remember the political scandals going on around the time of…
…the Industrial Revolution?
…the invention of the Internet?
…the discovery of the polio vaccine?
Nope. But all of those advances changed the world we live in. And you are still feeling the effects of those advances today as part of your daily life.
The Electronic Thumb is the opportunity to come along on this journey with me and discover what the future looks like. In the process, I hope to open your mind to the possibilities and to bring you a bit of excitement for what lies ahead.
So, if you haven’t already, join me in learning about the bright future ahead every Friday with Electronic Thumb.
ABOUT WARREN TALBOT
People call me a modern-day caveman—probably because of my long hair, resistance to wearing long britches, and the fact that I live in an actual cave house in rural Spain.
While I don’t fully accept this label, I will admit to one strong resemblance to my hairy ancestors—I want to capture fire.
Because embracing the future instead of fearing it means learning to make it work for you, not against you. To solving the unsolvable problems of today. And to continuing to advance human life and experience.
When I’m not thinking deep thoughts and investigating the future, I cook elaborate meals for my wife Betsy, sing with a chorus, take Spanish dance lessons, invest in real estate, and am a damn good Spotify DJ.
I walk 2200+ kilometers per year on trails, mountains, and valleys around the world, and enjoy watching the sunrise every single day.
I like the daily reminder of our bright future.
How about you?