A Happy Mutant's Guide to the Near Future

Katasutra A Happy Mutants Guide to the Near Future

1) It's going to get awesomely weirder
You're going see more amusing, charming, disturbing, and novel things than you ever dreamed possible. ZOMG will happen non-stop. As jaded as you might think you'll get, there'll often be something dropping your jaw.

2) It's going to get hopelessly cuter
Lest you mistake this as treacly sentimentalism, remember - cuteness is a powerful mask for whatever can get behind it. Adorableness will be pervasive, disarming, and irresistible. Hug, but verify.

3) Memes are going mainstream
Every day new memes will appear, others will be repeated, remixed, and amplified, and others will fade. Cultural in-jokes will abound. Your grandma will send you image macros for the lulz.

4) A lot more things are going to get made
Maker, Crafter, and other DIY cultures will only get larger. You'll possess, use, give, and receive more made items. Your life will be much richer and meaningful for this.

5) It's going to get fresher and tastier
The growth in farmers' markets will make locally grown fresh produce more accessible to more people all the time. Neighborhood and backyard gardens and greenhouses, with heirloom varieties, chickens, and beekeeping combined with a more fun cooking culture will increasingly supplement and in some cases replace processed and commercially prepared foods.

6) Talking heads are going to grow more annoying
Sorry, but AM radiots and teevee's professional mouthholes are just never going to shut up. They're going to persist with their divisive hollering, crying, complaining, inciting, ranting, and raving. It'll take a lot of visceral and cerebral fortitude to effectively counter this nonsense.

7) You'll have more pals in more circles
The net continues to make it easier and easier to connect with those sharing common interests. Each is a circle and these will continue to increase in number and size. Delight, horror, and strangeness will all be possible when these intersect and collide on your Futzbook page.

8) You'll conduct more business by picturephone
Can jetpacks be far behind? This promise of yesteryear's future has finally arrived on your desktop and mobile devices, and just in time to save you from having to carbon yourself around in meatspace as much as before.

9) The net and TV will continue their slow Milky Way/Andromeda-like collision
Despite 1994 calling and wanting the word, "convergence" back, this long- promised marriage is still being negotiated. But given that they can't keep their hands off each other, the odds are much better that they'll finally be moving in together.

10) You'll get by and make the best of it
Because after all, that's what most of us do. You can help by connecting to and sharing with the people around you, both locally and in your virtual common interest circles. The stronger we are socially and otherwise interconnected, the more effectively we'll take on and respond to challenges. Shit happens, but remember to reach out to help when you're able and receive when it's necessary. We really are all in this together, regardless of how they slice us up into groups and categories.