JOURNAL ENTRY #0


Learn about the future from someone who's accidentally in it.

Journal Entry #1, Something's Gone Wrong
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Journal Entry #2:, I Might Need You to Pull Over


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THINGS YOU MAY BE WONDERING


Tales from the Skip?

Tales from the Skip are the collected journal entries written by a version of myself who, despite all logical bounds and temporal laws, was spun off immediately from the end of the year 2020 into the beginning of the year 2041, an event affectionately known as 'The Skip'.

An explanation for this glitch-in-time, slipped universal digit, or fever dream still eludes me (...us?), but 2041 Nick's equally inexplicable ability to send me messages gives me hope of discovering an answer. Until then, it makes for a great learning experience.


No, seriously. What is this?

Tales from the Skip is a narrative newsletter (a "storyletter") about the future.

Rather than another newsletter that curates articles, news, or other "bite-sized insights for your inbox!", I wanted to treat the future as a primary source. Researched ideas and predictions (from thinkers much smarter than I) are integrated into an episodic/serialized format, a method of storytelling that is still largely untapped in the newsletter space.

I believe that the path to the future is most clearly seen from the future.


How is it written?

Every other week, I'll post a chapter of the story that features citations of the ideas, claims, and predictions that led to this version of the future.

Each annotation will be linked in the footer of the email for readers to explore further.


How can I help?

How can you help solve The Skip? I have no idea. Let me know if you make any headway.

To help the newsletter, just be a good reader. Send feedback if you have any. I'd love to hear your input or thoughts.


Who are you?

In 2021, I'm Nick Bondura—a creative strategist stuck in the restless and uneasy mire of the pandemic-exhausted version of Earth that we find ourselves in.

In 2041, well, we'll just have to find out.


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JOURNAL ENTRY #1 - BACKGROUND


SOMETHING'S GONE WRONG

"Something's Gone Wrong" is a simple and humble beginning for TFTS, truthfully inspired by the amnesiac, "in media res" beginnings utilized by video or roleplaying games. With that, however, it gives us an opportunity to ease into this world, dealing with changes and differences marginally and only as the main character discovers them himself.

Getting into the changes, agriculture will be one of the most revolutionized and critical elements of society's future. Technological innovation will fuel economies of scale in a world that will be learning how to manage overpopulation.

Tech will allow both processes and farms themselves to be consolidated, leading to the "large-scale commodity production of corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton – the traditional products – and of the traditional livestock" across fewer farms ("The farms that are now 20,000 acres in our neighborhood are probably going to be 50,000 or 100,000 acres and there are going to be fewer of them.") (AgriPulse)

To manage these farms, many of the typical processes will need to be automated. Drone surveillance is already beginning to...take off in agriculture, with an extreme focus on minimizing the time spent by the typically-overworked farmer.

"The only way drones can find their place on the farm is if the human operator is removed from the loop and data is processed automatically on site, allowing farmers to focus their time and their resources on the information this technology produces." (Future Farming)

Of course, drones themselves will need to evolve as well. "Survival of the fittest" in the drone community will take the form of promoting those that can survive the elements and wildlife, while also having a reliable form that perpetuates function.

Agricultural drones may evolve to be bladeless (minimizing finicky physical maintenance and potential interruption), and be better equipped to handle the elements of wind or rain in order to better accomplish their mission of surveilling land. Bladeless drones have been discussed in recent years, but models have not yet been produced. (Red Dot Design Awards)

Finally, this journal entry also makes the slightest hint towards a driverless future. The United States Federal Highway Administration has weighed in on the necessary preparations for such a world, placing an emphasis on the maintenance of required infrastructure, in this case high-visibility road markings for AI programs to detect.

"Vehicle manufacturers such as General Motors have reported to Congress that pavement markings are one of the most significant infrastructure elements needed to guide automated vehicles and realize the estimated safety benefits of such vehicles." (Federal Highway Administration)

Such requirements may open up new opportunities as well, with similar infrastructural needs becoming dedicated human work programs (until they aren't).


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