Foreseeing Future has proven to be one of the biggest
dreams ever since humankind first started to understand the concept of Time
and became aware of the Temporality. "What is going to be Next ?" is
the Question that, throughout ages, succeeded to prove longest lasting and haunting
in the minds of both erudite and spiritual people and common individuals as
well. It is obvious that achieving this dream was seen, through the battle over
surveillance, as a mean to ensure future or, at least, obtain the certainty
of their becoming.
At the beginning of a New Millenium we keep asking ourselves
obsessingly "What is the humankind going to become ?". Time is relative,
Space is relative, there is no doubt any longer. But the Question still asks
for an answer.
We find ourselves in the middle of a digital revolution, being
confident that e-Future is the horizon we are stepping towards. The moment
and the future, the way we can see it today, undoubtedly belong to the world
of bytes and digits. But looking back we shouldn't forget that human society
has previously lived the same kind of certainty about future belonging to different
other worlds: the world of coal, of petroleum, the world of machines and computers.
It happened before and we are currently living it again. Today we are living
the conquest of the Cyberspace, but what is seemingly to be Next ?
'Follow your times' used to be the governing principle for
the 20th Century. It used to be appropriate, we agree, but yet it was appropriate
for the 20th Century. Stepping into the Next Millenium, following times becomes
superannuated, cause we don't follow them any longer, we actually seem to be
a step ahead.
Today, the need for rethinking is unavoidably felt, from strategies
to business practices and human resources policies as well; sometimes even life
principles change. At present we start learning "intensively" and become aware
that "extensive" growth will keep on losing field. Development turns into a
two - ways street, and we can only notice that, while devising ways for improvement,
emerging sciences act as driving forces themselves. It is therefore a fact that
getting stuck to fixed ideas and self - sufficiency would only lead, these days,
to people lose their path and be withdrawn from the uninterrupted flow of emerging
life "snapshots". However, what we can take for certainty at present is that,
whether we call it e-Future or not, it is not going to wait for us.
It has been proven so many times before that biggest discoveries
start with most unachievable dreams. This is exactly what Internet used to be
60 years ago. Still, if we look at the biggest names in Science ever we see
Visionaries, people able to see Future and foretell its becoming.
Da Vinci used to be a dreamer, but what we are actually
witnessing today are most of his dreams turned real. We see dreams become reality
and fantastical projects come into existence. So what is the use of obsessing
about what is the Future going to be like? Maybe the Question does not have
a specific answer, or maybe the matter was not meant to be solved.
Indisputably, on-line or off-line, the Future is the One