The View from 2020: A Datasnap from the Near Future

February 11 2010

I’m voice-writing this in a rented media pod on the beach in Zanzibar.

Yup, I’m back in school—Microsoft U, the old alma mater, doing a Master’s, my second—this time in NGO Studies. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the marine development work, but all that hover-jetting to the North Atlantic wave farms was just too much ass-time for me.

I decided to do it down here for the kiting—the thermals from these new wind patterns are insane. I’d always wanted to see the Maldives but I was too late—the Melt submerged them a couple of years back. So Zanzibar it is.

Actually I turned down a gig as CEO of a social design think tank to do this re-tooling. The VCs were projecting a fast turnkey company to sell half a dozen patents. Four years tops. But it was a chair job in Shanghai and these days life in the Chinese Renaissance is, I have to admit it, a little too fast for me.

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