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Jarno M. Koponen. I'm interested in emerging forms of digital communication and their effect on personal and collective futures and future thinking. I'm passionate about designing and developing methods to augment our personal and collective future thinking. Our multilinear existence has begun.
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    Did you intentionally search for the things that came to be the most significant things in your life? Or did you discover them by surprise, bumping into them almost accidentally?

    In our daily lives, there’s a huge difference between “searching” and “discovering”.

    Searching is almost always intentional and directed towards a certain outcome or end. When I know that I want or need something, I make an intentional effort to find it. I search for a map and real-time traffic information when I need to know what’s the fastest way to get from A to B. I search for a recipe when I need to cook a specific dish. On the internet, you press the “Search” button when you know what you want.

    When did you last search for a great new music piece and actually find it while searching? How often do we know exactly what we want? Or more precisely - how often do we know what's the exact question or keyword that will help us to find the answer we are seeking? Now we are stepping into the realm of discovery...

    On the internet, you press the “Search” button when you know what you want


    Discovery is something that can happen without any intentional effort. A discovery occurs when I run into a great restaurant while I'm just wandering the streets of an unknown city. Or I meet an interesting person in a party even though I wasn’t looking for that kind of a person at all. Or I find a brilliant book because it had been accidentally left open in the bookshelf in a bookstore. You know what I mean? But do you know what the “Discover” button looks like?

    Do you know what the “Discover” button looks like?


    Discovery belongs to the realm of serendipity. It's considered to be something magical and even mysterious. Something that cannot be anticipated or even prepared for. It can just happen. Simultaneously a true discovery can be something that meets a prolonged need or craving in a particular place and time. In a discovery, the seeds of possible futures surface almost unexpectedly. An implicit or explicit longing, intention or wish turns into something very concrete.

    The chance for an everyday discovery, no matter how small it might be, keeps us going and our lives meaningful


    In our daily lives, search and discovery blend. Sometimes you search for something and end up discovering a close match or something totally different. Search can thus unintentionally lead to a discovery. However, you might have to have a right mind set. "In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind", as "the famous French microbiologist":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Pasteur put it. All the same, you didn’t have a clue what that discovery might be while you were searching for that particular something. Discovery has magic in it - it's all about emotions and we are guided by them.

    We are interested in what we are today but we are even more interested in what we can become in the future. We live for discoveries.


    Our personal futures are affected by the interplay of search and discovery. We are interested in what we are today but we are even more interested in what we can become in the future. By actively searching for information we map the things that we are somewhat aware of. By discovering something new we go beyond the familiar, even beyond ourselves. Our future horizon opens up. The chance for an everyday discovery, no matter how small it might be, keeps us going and our lives meaningful. We live for discoveries.

    By discovering something new we go beyond the familiar, even beyond ourselves. Suddenly our future horizon opens up.


    So can one act proactively to discover something remarkable or mundane? Can one rehearse to make everyday discoveries more efficiently? When does discovering turn into a search for something particular? What is the killer app or service for making discoveries happen?

    There are tools for searching, why not to make an exceptional one for discovery too. A solution that truly cherishes the “human spark". A solution that helps us to spot the new meaningful and interesting things amongst the noise around us. You never know what futureful discoveries are around the corner, do you?

    UPDATE (April 7, 2014): Check out Random app now!

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