I recently attended a presentation at IABC Houston by Dr. Peter Bishop, Houston’s resident futurist. Some great quotes below, and then perhaps some constructive feedback and questions.
Riding the Future’s Waves of Creative Destruction
Dr. Peter C. Bishop Futurist, and Associate Professor in the College of Technology and Coordinator of the graduate program in Futures Studies
University of Houston
The Dr. Bishop is very quotable dropping a few lines on the future such as:
“What goes away (in the future) is the traditional job. “¦ if you are not using judgment and value adds then I can tell a machine to do that job.“
“The very thing you think you have the least control over, what happens 15 years out, is what you have the most control over.“
“When an era ends we will be in a world of confusion and risk. “¦ When the first person realizes they are in a new era they have a significant advantage.“
“Communication (in the future) is instantaneous and simultaneous. If you are not instantaneous then you’re not there yet. If your information is not simultaneously available to everyone then you’re not there yet.“
More quotes on the future here.
I had a presentation at 2:00 so had to leave the IABC luncheon quickly. So we were not able to spend much time with Bishop after the presentation, but looking for a moment of bonding I asked briefly if he used bloglines. "No time" was the response. I protested that lack of time is the reason to USE tools that improve your consumption and filtering of information. "For a futurist, I don’t use the computer much." was the follow up response. Baroo?
Note I am not protesting someone using alternate tools, Mac vs PC, Linux vs Unix, Photoshop vs Gimp, rather I am questioning an apparent unwillingness to look at tools of the future now.
"The future is already here – it’s just unevenly distributed." – William Gibson
So basically our baby-boomer futurist doesn’t keep up on communication technology. I truly believe you can have great Doctors who aren’t tech savvy in the geek way. But a freakin’ futurist? This is just lack of discipline. Perhaps a lack of respect for the craft of "futurism"? Perhaps most damning is that by his own choice his communication inbound and outbound is not instantaneous and simultaneous.
Maybe I’m wrong and I’ll get a Bishop trackback telling me I am nuts and got it all wrong. I hope so for the sake of the future!