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Jarno M. Koponen - designer and humanist, more
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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    Here comes a collection of thought sketches (or the microevolution of ideas revealed, if you will).

    Everyone has their own personalized “interface” to the reality. It’s build through the personal interpretation of it. In the future, the information interfaces will adapt to one’s personal interpretation of the reality.

    At the moment we are mapping connections between people, things, events, places and times in real-time. Soon we will be predicting connections between people, things, events, places and times in real-time.

    Discovery is not about perfect relevancy. It is all about making sense of the world at a given point of time. Discovery is an insight or a revelation about something that exist or will exist in the future.

    Through real-time connectedness – or hyperconnectivity – even our personal thoughts and actions become networked actions. Our identity is constructed by our networked interactions. However, at the same time everything cannot be conveyed to others – and also those things make us who we are.

    Hyper-personalization paradigm is flawed. We want to reach beyond what we know, anticipate or understand. We want to reach beyond ourselves, continuously widen our future horizon.

    The meanings of probable, possible and desirable futures are negotiated with one’s social sphere in a given context. We can make our futures shine through the shared imagination.

    Without the cultural and semantic metastructures we would have formless forms, colorless colors, meaningless meanings… Any (intentional) social action – taken out of its context of collective social activity – loses its meaning and intention.

    Personal and collective futures become stories. Personal and collective stories become realities.

    Futureseeds do not grow in isolation. We make them happen, we make them thrive.

    I want to thank @wildcat2030, @notthisbody and @VenessaMiemis for interesting and inspiring openings.
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    The more we can find out about the future, the more keenly we tend to try to understand its unfolding possibilities. We are continuously inspired and activated by our perception of future. At the same time, the future is something very abstract and vague. So, can the future be made more intelligible and more concrete at the same time?

    I've been always fascinated by the stories and narratives. Our collective and personal stories - now available in the realms of networked environments - provide amazing views to the all imaginable aspects of human life. Through these shared stories we can approach and wonder the rich fabric of human life, the reality which consists of intertwined and intrinsic systems, individuals, networks, societies, ecosystems, universes… We construct and modify ourselves through the fabric of networked, multilinear narratives.

    Future thinking is hardwired in our brains and in our behavior in various ways. We react to our present condition and reality by trying to anticipate the consequences of our actions and their effects on our surrounding systems - and to ourselves. Additionally, in the age of networked culture, the objects and systems around us can be seen to react to our future expectations, hopes, wishes, goals and aims. In digital sphere, through our personal digital trails and networks, it becomes possible to map the connections and activities that are relevant regarding our personal futures.

    Future thinking is not always conscious or driven by rational thought. Quite on the contrary. Possible, probable and desirable futures loom in the proximity of our personal and collective center of the future gravity. We might acknowledge the existence of alternative futures yet they remain unknown since we experience only one future (out of the many) that actualizes and becomes part of our experienced reality. In our everyday lives, the images of these alternative futures remain uncertain and vague, even incomprehensible. Would it be possible to make futures more comprehensible and accessible?

    Today, we have access to an unprecedented amount of versatile personal and social data. By analyzing and processing this rich material, consisting of records about the past and present, we could provide unique insights on the future. By simulating the future, the images of the future could be made more concrete, more accessible, more informative and even entertaining. A new dimension of human experience would be created through such a playground of possible futures.

    I would even say that we might seriously need a "playground" to explore both our personal and collective futures. So many times we constrain our future thinking due to the basic routines, unnecessary prejudices or restrictive assumptions. Exploring futures through an interactive simulation could be the first step to release the hidden potential of our personal and collective futures.

    An interactive playground of futures would provide us a concrete call to action - an invitation to actively think and shape our futures. What do you think?
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    Today, future-oriented acts and thoughts are exposed to personal and collective interpretation and analysis in an unprecedented manner through various digital environments and channels. Digital technologies and networked environments provide new environments and techniques for archiving, recording and experiencing the past and the present. Additionally, they may provide new unique methods to analyze, anticipate and even experience possible futures.

    Personal futures become visible in new ways when an individual stores and shares her life patterns and future-oriented thinking (i.e. intentions, hopes, fears, wishes, goals) in digital environments. In essence, personal futures can be approached in new ways - and possibly anticipated in an unprecedented manner - when we analyze the explicit, digitized manifestations of future thinking and other available personal digital information. By combining these diverse digital patterns we can reach for our personal and collective futures.

    The center of future gravity becomes accessible through our physical and non-physical multilinear existence. It is manifested in personal and collective narratives (e.g. conversations, status updates, microblog/blog posts, personal messages, emails, photos) both intentionally and unintentionally. One's social sphere and other systems and entities (cultural, societal, economical, ecological "ecosystems") affect the center of future gravity both implicitly and explicitly.

    Through the continuously fluctuating yet detectable center of future gravity, we are drawn to objects and entities as well as other objects and entities are drawn towards ourselves. The future is transformed from virtualized abstraction to concrete reality through shared narratives. Personal and collective futures (intentions, hopes, fears, wishes etc.) become narratives. Personal and collective narratives become realities.

    The mass of personal information, gathered and constructed by humans and machines alike, is nothing in itself; it remains silent and dead without analysis and interpretation. Information - containing the seeds of the future - has to be processed into perceivable and desirable patterns that become meaningful through personal and collective experience, through continuous contextualizing and recontextualizing. In the process, we can become more aware of our possible, probable and desirable futures.

    The virtualized futures can be made part of one’s sense-reality as an enriched narrative experience that enables problematizing, envisioning and playful speculation of possible, probable and desirable futures. Through an adaptive and intelligent personal future simulation system, we could recognize, reflect and explicitly affect our own center of future gravity. Furthermore, we could enhance our awareness of the consequences of our existence by connecting personal and collective actions to a wider social, cultural, political, economical and ecological context.

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