Human potential is forged in the imagination. The relationship between Hollywood and American popular culture is the nexus where American ingenuity and chutzpah (audacity) come together to nurture possibilities.
Take, for example, those moments when we experience a seemingly mysterious event, apparently made possible by technology but not obviously understood. Think about the first time you saw an automatic door open, without having to step on a black rubber mat to obviously trigger the favor. Hard to believe that invisible waves can cause so physical and timely an action–but today they do and we take it for granted. Similarly, there are hundreds of actions and activities that are nearly invisible and unintelligible to many of us…. We use them without even really choosing to and we benefit without paying a price or even understanding. Automatic seems to be the trend as the life around us, since the first automatic transmission to todays photocell driven seamless interactions…
Today, technology is all around us and our sense of control, choice and volition seems to be increasingly replaced by consequences to our mundane actions—not the least of which is our social media communications and Google, Facebook and Big Government taking notes and saving data that can further impact what we do next or not do.
So, what is driving all this technological change and why is it here? The answer is quite surprising and less sinister than one might think–we simply imagine it. Yes, technological change and possibilities are not only driven by mathematicians and engineers. They are born in the imagination of a restless writer or a curious George ….
The Policy ThinkShop recommends: Mashable has a nice homage to the role that creativity and pining for a better world present when interesting ideas become popular and society creates the necessary conditions to support a crazy idea like: Let’s build a rocket and shoot for the moon!
“Whether it\’s deep space or the deepest depths of the ocean, truly brilliant machines can operate in all sorts of extreme conditions. While the U.S.S. Enterprise doesn\’t exist (yet!), there are other technologies out there that …”