Quotables

Kevin Benedict's Quotables:

  1. In the future, there is only fiction.
  2. Innovation happens when invention meets motivation.
  3. The only place that we as humans have found inhabitable is the present.  We can, however, plan for and prepare to live in our future, which is just around the corner. 
  4. A futurist can't be a bus driver, because they don’t know when to stop.
  5. Leaders must understand that the future can’t be stopped - just their ability to succeed there.
  6. How do futurists know where a train is going?  They follow its tracks.
  7. I don’t know what the future holds, but it’s heavy.
  8. The future might be judged by the past, but the jury is still out.
  9. Fear not for the future, it’s today that can hurt you.
  10. The future is yours, until you arrive and find somebody got there first. 
  11. The only businesses that have a chance of winning in the future are the ones that make it there.
  12. What is the difference between your destiny and the future?  Only one is guaranteed.
  13. Compressed times and distances mean businesses must operate at an operational tempo that surpasses human capabilities. 
  14. If the past is any indication of our future performance, we should hire a historical revisionist.
  15. Futurists and people with obnoxious neighbors both like a good hedge.
  16. Futurists are forecasting that despite the higher cost of living, it will likely remain popular.
  17. The future goes only in one direction, but my wife is convinced it’s the wrong way.
  18. A nostalgic futurist can’t wait for the past to arrive.
  19. The first rule of leadership in the future is to blame the robot.
  20. For a robot to reach its full potential it must be more like a human.  Likewise, for a human to reach its full potential it must be more human, and humane.
  21. A futurist is an impatient historian that can’t wait for the past to arrive.
  22. Our challenge will be identifying combinations of data sources where trusted meaning-chains exist.
  23. Your happiness should not be anchored to your preferred past.
  24. When the shit hits the fan, blow bubbles.
  25. The past is behind us, and it's too late to change the present, so the future is our lifeboat.
  26. Silicon Valley is one of the few places where you can buy a future for a company that has none. 
  27. A time can be marked, measured, documented and archived, but never returned to.  
  28. The most popular means of getting from point A to point B among Silicon Valley startups is on a hype cycle.
  29. Historians stop at today. Futurist don’t.
  30. It's not that individual bits of data have such great value on their own, rather it's the combinations of data from different sources, and their combined meaning that is golden.
  31. The security of distance has died.  Today, we must worry about wider circles.
  32. Why is the future always just around the corner?
  33. Be careful. The road to the future intersects with the Highway to Hell.
  34. Mitigate - is the gate you close to keep future risks corralled. 
  35. A Digital Twin might look like you, but it comes from a different motherboard.
  36. The future cannot be stopped, only shaped.
  37. A future-oriented mindset means we believe we can make progress against the challenges we face.

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