Welcome to Thought Experiment

We all wonder about the future.   We fret about it.  We fear it.  We’re wary of the unknown.  Yet we also hope and expect the future will be better somehow.  For us.  For our kids and grandkids.  For the world.

Thought Experiment is my vehicle for preparing for an unknown future.   And helping to shape it.

Call me an optimist.  Or call me a fool.  But I believe that each of us has the power to shape our future for the better.  Sure, new technologies, gadgets, fads, and movements will come and go whether we feel ready for them or not.   But how we react is what will make the difference.  And how we react is shaped by how we think.

Thought Experiment is a platform for thinking about the future.   Often we’ll start with a question, sometimes inspired by current events or new products or discoveries.   Where we end up may surprise some of us.  And infuriate others, particularly those who blindly embrace new technology or old political ideology.

The future is out there waiting for us.   Let’s get ready, and get busy making it better.

Author: whomren

Wayne Homren is a longtime student of the history of science, technology and business who’s always been drawn to the future. As a software professional he worked in artificial intelligence back in the 1980s, before it got cold and then hot again in the current century. He was into the Internet before there were browsers, declaring to others “This will change the world.” He started a blog before the word was invented, and was a product manager for the pioneering search engine Lycos before the word Google became a verb. He built cyber tools for inspecting IPv6 packets long before IPv4 addresses were exhausted, and today is a Data Scientist for the U.S. Department of Defense, where the past, present and future often coexist. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and their three children.