Most creative speculation about the future is contingent on taking existing ideas and re-engineering them into a new form factor that is plausible. Take the idea of the Rolodex and the Resume; Linkedin is a logical extension of the physical realm. The internet is a reflection of the off-line. The GIF above illustrates this point further, ideas are combined in a new form factors. It’s the perfect over simplication but the point isn’t that Skype was obvious, it’s that idea combination is a common path to creative ideas.
France in the Year 2000:
Jean-Marc Côté was tasked in the 1899 to create France in the Year 2000 (The 21st Century). Originally these illustrations would compliment cigar boxes and postcards but Côté later enlisted creative artists in Paris to create apparently over 87 cards for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. What’s funny is that as far as these folks are concerned, people in the year 2000 will: a) travel through the air, b) automate tasks, c) host aquadic sports. Seems way off of course but you can’t deny the creative value herein.
Ideas to Testing
The funny thing is that these creative ideas aren’t that insane. They take a modern idea and repackage them in a new way. This in effect is how innovation is developed. It’s never a straight line from idea to product, but it’s critical to start the journey to testing the viability of your ideas.