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The term "futurist" most commonly refers to authors, consultants, organizational leaders and others who engage in interdisciplinary and systems thinking to advise private and public organizations on such matters as diverse global trends, plausible scenarios, emerging market opportunities and risk management.
The Oxford English Dictionary identifies the earliest use of the term futurism in English as 1842, to refer, in a theological context, to the Christian eschatological tendency of that time. The next recorded use is the label adopted by the Italian and Russian futurists, the artistic, literary and political movements of the 1920s and 1930s which sought to reject the past and fervently embrace speed, technology and, often violent, change.
Systems thinking presents an interesting face to the world. If you follow the works that created the genre you think in inputs, processes and outputs. The inputs of today (mobile devices, cloud computing, tablets, laptops, servers, mainframes, the Internet) are mapped into a series of processes that result in an output (actionable screens).
I would like to propose a slightly modified systems thinking metaphor. Where the inputs are actually the human being, the processes are the machine and the broader output is something the person wished to create. This is an extension of existing systems thinking but one I believe will benefit the overall output significantly.
You can see this metaphor starting to take place with the number of 3d printers that are available on the market today. Imagine it, put it into a computer program and it is output on a 3d printers. Interestingly by the way, you first see these types of system outputs on CSI shows first.
If you include the human element of a system as an input of the system you change some things. For example the concept of hard to user becomes a barrier. It has always been a deterrent to solutions but with this broader system model we now have it as a direct barrier. If the process and the outputs are too complex the system fails.
I keep hearing Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone voice in my head. “Imagine if you will, a system bound to the inputs and delivering expected outputs. You’ve entered the new system thinking zone.”
more to come…