How do you imagine the future?
Our secondary research can understand current social issues, and we use recent insights to predict the future world, so I think I might need some guidance on how to think about the future.
I found some answers and reflections in Speculative Everything.
Why do we need to predict the future?
I entirely agree with the author’s description of the difference between people’s dreams and ideals. I think keeping speculation on the future can keep us brave to predict the future, change the future, and look forward to the end. It is difficult for people to be full of expectation and enthusiasm for the future when they are constrained by reality. The more they are brave enough to jump out of the framework of existence, the more they will build and create an ideal future.
Our speculation about the future is also our reflection on the present society. By predicting the tomorrow, we reflect on how the current social development process changes our lot, and at the same time, conceive what our hopes and expectations for the future will be. For example, we identify the shortcomings of the current society or service in the speculative process and redesign the problems we currently define based on different situations at present and in the future to provide more new possibilities and reflections for the future society. It’s not just something to think about as a designer; it’s a necessary lesson for entrepreneurs and financiers. The future trend will be affected by the current society, and the accurate judgment of the future will bring more benefits to the whole community, economically or in life.
At the same time, human nature to be optimistic with new things and technological developments requires constant criticism and reflection of their impact, an essential exercise for careful designers. With the vigorous development of science and technology, we are blinded by the benefits of science and technology. Still, it is difficult to calmly think about the impact and even the threat of science and technology.
How do we think about our future?
Our group believed that the future trend might shift to the blockchain. The central power grid may change its role as the primary power source due to the lack of clean energy, transportation loss, and other reasons. At the same time, small areas such as communities and families may be more inclined to self-production and self-management.
“In the future, our Energy will be Visible, Clear, Greenery and Actionable.”
Of course, self-management is more in need of management. In the future, the community may organize an energy board to track and regulate the situation of households and provide a more suitable amount of self-supplied energy. People are in greater need of correct awareness and education of energy conservation. Therefore, the College of Energy may provide compulsory education to prove their energy awareness and change their energy use behavior through educational certificates. We will also have an energy surplus. We will transfer energy in other ways, such as selling power through peer-to-peer platforms, exchanging energy with neighbors through energy cards.
We’re going to argue all the time about social equity, inclusion, and so on. We’re going to say that the energy design of the future needs to do a better job of allowing more people to transition to more visible, transparent, sustainable energy systems. Based on the current situation of Council Estate, we predict that people’s daily behaviors can improve the current energy consumption situation of Council Estate in the next ten years.
One of my favorite sayings is “the present can be made up not only of the past but also of the future.” This is why we need to keep thinking about the future with hope and criticism.