A bridge to the future

A lot has been written on the subject of innovation, but the heart of it is the drive to create the future -  not just the future that comes at you one second at a time, but a future where looking back you say to yourself: how did we ever survive without that?

Innovating starts with the will to destroy the inadequate present:

  • G. K. Chesterton said "a yawn is a silent shout"; don't be dissatisfied, get downright angry with limitations and wrongs; kick, scream and do something about it
  • Socrates said it best: "To find yourself, think for yourself"
  • However innovation is about the doing that comes after (and before) the thought; Picasso expressed this as "inspiration exists, but it has to find you working"
  • GKC also said "a sage feels too small for life, and a fool too large for it"; the fear of inadequacy (or even mere adequacy) is a powerful motivator
  • Don't be a "consumer" in the sense of the article Death of the Future - create the future you aspire to
  • A "refactoring" of two great calls to action: "ask not what the future can do for you; ask what you can do for the future" and "the more you do, the more you know what you haven't done"

I'll leave you with a challenge, take it or leave it :) The internet; the web; search engines; Google; ---. Finish that sentence.

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The internet; the web; search engines; Google; P2P!

\*all\* things connected \*all\* the time in \*all\*ways possible

Java == platform independence
XML == application independence
JXTA == network independence

Secure End-to-End Computing

Posted by gonzo on November 19, 2004 at 03:50 AM PST #

Hey James; P2P definitely gets 7 out of 10 for inspiration; I think the interface between the components of today's web and P2P is yet to be defined and will certainly be interesting.

Posted by Colm Smyth on November 19, 2004 at 04:14 AM PST #

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