Wired magazine asked eight futurists about how they spotted the future.
One of the futurists, Tim O’Reilly, tries to find out what interesting people are up to.
This is what he had to say about how he thinks future trends are generated:
The myth of innovation is that it starts with entrepreneurs, but it really starts with people having fun.
The Wright brothers weren’t trying to build an airline, they were saying, “Holy shit, do you think we could fly?”
The first kids who made snowboards, they just glued skis together and said, “Let’s try this!”
With the web, none of us thought there was money in it. People said, “This document came from halfway around the world. How awesome is that!”
It reminds me of what Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is the residue of wasted time.”