Not long ago a gentleman asked me to write an article on rapidly advancing communication technologies for a high-traffic, well-known technology website, which discusses future innovations on the horizon. After agreeing to do this and submitting my first article, I felt that there was something missing to the project. And having passion for the future of technology and what it can do for humanity, I felt it the right thing to do, to take a stand.
Thus, I did the only thing a true passionate personal-tech spokesman could do, I sent them an email and stated that; I was thinking out-loud here and wanted to give you constructive criticism:
You know what is so unfortunate? When you asked me to write about 5-10 years out on communication technologies and I, in an email, started discussing “Mind-Thought Swapping w/Computer Interface” you told me that people would think that I was crazy and I should not mention that? Then you told me to write about “challenges” with future technology when discussing this stuff, well there are very few challenges that I see, that are even viable as excuses.
Next, you accepted a crappy article from me, telling me it was “good” but in reality it isn’t, it totally lacks a “true” snapshot of where we will be in 5-10 years. I think the article sucks, but it is not because I cannot write a good article or I do not know what I am talking about, it is because you have set your expectations too low to that of the rapidly advancing technologies. You and I read all the same stuff on the Internet, as far as technology is concerned, yet you do not wish to talk about the reality of where this is taking us. Still you position your website as a “Futurist Tech Site” and then wish to have articles that are for the average science reader?
The fact is that mind-communication will be here very shortly, but as an editor you are looking towards what people are ready to believe, rather than what is going to be in the near future. Thus, you are slowing down the forward progression of the human species, by your caving to the common perception out there for money and popularity, rather than enlightening people.
On top of that, you tout your group experts based on degrees earned in various colleges and universities, making me feel bad for leaving college to become an entrepreneur in the real world – I just don’t get it, Bill Gates, Michael Dell and so many others left school, just like I did? Where is your PASSION? The site looks and feels real nice, but where are the visionaries? Where is the juicy stuff, where is the meat.
Now, I know as an editor that you want to keep the content and concepts discussed sell-able, but if you are a real entrepreneur, tying industry with science and futurism, then you must figure out a way to make the site and its information sell-able. And yes, you must still give people a more reality based perspective from a futurist standpoint of what is coming, get them excited about it, but you should not be regurgitating and purporting the general debris and mass media academia scientific fog. We really need to get a jump on the future of things if mankind is to be ready for it.
Anyway, that was my thought, and I do not mean to be too critical, just saying, I think people deserve more and I know I want more from a site like yours. All the great science in the world is worth nothing without the applied part, the ‘killer aps’ and the problems it can solve – In my humble opinion.
Now, me as a futurist, Political, Sci-Fiction and Business Writer – you are probably thinking that I should not be telling editors how to run their websites, TV programs, how to write or which books to publish. But when someone has passion for something, they tell it like it is, besides, I am retired at forty as an entrepreneur Franchisor, so, well, I just call it how I see it. I would advise you if you are a website owner, publisher, documentary producer to think about this. We need better content on the Net, TV and in our Futuristic Books. So think on it, it is time to take this to a whole new level.