Written by Paul Leacock, Co-founder & General Manager, Blacksmith

Remember that Rocky Horror Picture Show song ‘Time Warp’?  It’s a jump to the left and a step to the right!  Turns out they could have been onto something.  When you stand on a time graph and look to the right at the change that’s coming at us, some would say it is a bit of a horror show.

As Blacksmith’s ‘resident futurist’, I do a lot of research and reading on the topic of the Future and specifically what’s fueling the incredible change we’re all living though right now – technology.

One of the blogs I love to read and consumes more of my time than I’d care to admit to is waitbutwhy.com

They write regular blogs on all sorts of topics and one of their most recent posts is a blog researching Artificial Intelligence (The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence).  If you’re interested in AI this is one of the best articles I’ve come across on The Net so far and it’s well worth a read however there’s one idea in the blog that I just can’t stop thinking about.  It’s a really simple idea to do with our relationship with time and change (human progress).

What does it feel like to stand here?

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I don’t know about you but when I look at this image I feel a little freaked out.  That mountain of progress heading our way is more than a little daunting.  If you want to read more about what’s driving that progress then you can read my recent blog on the Law of Accelerating Returns.

The insight I had from this graph is that when standing on a time line, we can’t see what’s to the right of us.

What it actually feels like to be standing here is this.

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Now this feels pretty normal and we are comfortable with the known and the steady pace of change we’ve experienced throughout our own history.

So the question I’ve been asked by nearly everyone I show this graph to is....what’s the deal with this mountain of change heading towards us, is it real, will it affect me?

The answer is yes and yes.  Yes, it’s real and here a few examples:

Yes, it will affect you if you:

  1. Are alive
  2. Don’t live in a cave as a hermit
  3. Have a mobile phone

So, if you have none of these then you’ll miss the wave otherwise, strap in as it’s going to be a fast ride.