Study hard what interests you in the most undisciplined, irreverent & original manner possible. – Feynman
… ooh look at that, you scrolled down! Hellyeah! Let’s see if we’re well-matched …
Me: Max Kaizen. (Yup, really).
I get to develop ingenious solutions to gnarly problems with many high-quality minds. Mostly matchmaking humans + machines to unlock reality-enhancing opportunities >> and not only for the lucky few.
I also help people safely & quickly transition, from traditional systems close to expiry ➜ to profitable, resourceful, adventurous nerdery that might well save our collective asses. It’s a bet worth taking.
Applying the label “futurist” feels clunky/cringeworthy/uurgh. But it’s sticky in a way “polytemporal probability researcher” isn’t.
Because I help people prepare, and make clearer decisions about the future, it’s the easiest way to classify and deploy me. Chiefly to answer urgent questions of what’s worth paying attention to, or investing in.
I find, free up & share timely (and timeless) interdisciplinary ingenuity. And remix it into new contexts. I teach other humans to do it too, to help reduce the odds that the dystopian doom of hyper-intelligent machines or belligerently stupid people, might wipe us all out of the game.
Soon-to-be-hot trends, sexy emerging tech are my natural hunting grounds.
But there are bountiful treasures in unexpected geographies, or down the timeline. Sometimes the most suitable knowledge for the moment is ancient. Or starkly obvious – from a different angle. Maybe from a very unlikely source.
Sometimes it’s still locked in other people’s heads, and it’s my job to activate it. Learning skills that prepare you for a previous version of reality, is not terribly helpful. Especially in times of wholesale upheaval. I teach, to make complicated concepts easy to grasp and convert into fresh opportunities. With as much fun (and less panic) as possible.
Opening access to liberate bright minds & big hearts from lifesuck ➜ to create work they can be happily & profitably obsessed by = my delight. Where it can also be paired to nerdy adventures & intellectually-energizing merriment, so much the better! Invention and reinvention are easiest in the company of those who are cool with looking uncool while they learn.
Basically: brainier, bolder, more resourceful people, taking less boring chances with their lives -> increased chance of building a more fair, life-friendly operating system for humanity, in the nick of time.
LET’S NOT #$%! WASTE LIFE
Throughout history evidence points to a startling number of inventions spawned from noodling about with silly side-projects. Building things with no financial intent. Chasing a hunch. Or just learning something frivolous. With no UTILITY or efficiency. Just for fun, curiosity, a dare.
Breakthroughs can be tenaciously won from clear line-of-sight goals. But genius – the surprising, useful and novel – almost always pounces from the periphery while we’re doing other stuff.
“The next big thing will start out looking like a toy” – Chris Dixon, A16Z
Free time can be used to escape our reality temporarily, or expand our reality for good. Quick hit or long bet. Play eats perfectionism.
Bonus for alpha types: intelligent leisure is a successful antidote to anxiety. And increases your personal probability for luck.
Chance favours the prepared mind – Louis Pasteur
“You have the opportunity, here and now, to choose. To become something greater and nobler, and more difficult than you were before. The universe does not offer such chances often, G’kar.” – Babylon 5