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THE ELICITATION OF KNOWLEDGE FROM THE FUTURE AND THE


CONTENTIOUS INTERRELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FUTURE AND THE
PRESENT: A RADICAL YET RIGOROUS STRONG-SENSE AND CRITICO-
CREATIVE APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING THE COMPLEXITIES,
SUBTLETIES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF DRIVING FORCES UNDERGOING
PERPETUAL CHANGE IN TWENTIETH-ONE CENTURY.

By (c) Copyright 2010 by Andres Agostini

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CONTENTS

1.- Abstract
2.- Article's Introductory Quotations By
Enlightened Minds.
3.- What is Happening Now? How Many “Nows”
Are There?
4.- Body of the Present Article.
5.- Wrapping Up
6.- Caveat
7.- Annotated Bibliography
8.- Additional Bibliography (Recommended)
9.- About The Author.
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ABSTRACT

Is the future a function of the present or is


the present a function of the future? What do
present and future mean in practicality
regarding business, profession, education,
politics, society, markets, as well as in
regards to emerging science and technology? Why
is this FUTURE different to others? Why is
change so pervasive and frenzy? Why is this
ever-changing rate of change different and what
are the respective consequences and sequels
affecting our lives? How ca we gain a vantage
position and benefit from such futures and
changes?

Many people have huge difficulty understanding


time progression and the strategic surprises
that said progression foster sometimes beyond
creative imagination. It is attributed to Jeff
Immelt, GE’s current CEO, the following: “…post
9/11 is a different world…” I really hope that
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those not believing such a claim to make a


thorough understanding quickly. This material is
bound to helping in that direction and thereby
offering insights. [42]

Subsequently, in today’s world, timidity and


fear are serious competitive liabilities. Coming
times, upcoming times, forthcoming times, future
times will prove themselves ruthless in the
continuum known as PRESENT without a fail.

In illustrating the PRESENT and the FUTURE, What


rolls are they respectively impersonating to
gain us further insight? This is a strong-sense
and critico-creative discernment to
understanding the ever-challenging nature and
anatomy of change in every facet of Human Life!

In order to understand time progression and its


beyond geometrical non-linear quality, Can we
establish accurate parallelisms with metaphoric
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and not so metaphoric terms to better enlighten


our minds? Why do we humans, marshaling through
such a massive technological progression,
readily wish to subject our existence to
retrogression by choosing not to understand
grave and yet subtle forces that redefine it
all?

In the final analysis, the FUTURE is not for the


fainthearted. Stated simply, be it known that
the scale of the FUTURES is impossible to
overstate.

The PRESENT is so playful and naïve just gaming


in arenas whose sole proprietor is the
monarchical FUTURE.

As the PRESENT carries on just acting serially


(not coping with all simultaneously but just
gradually and in ill randomness), the FUTURE
ascertains every impending deed simultaneously.
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In instituting best analyzes and countering the


DOWNSIDES and leveraging the UPSIDES, the
optimum analyzes are those industriously
pondered: 1) pre facto (before the facts), 2) a
priori (a form of before the facts), and 3) pre-
mortem (much before morten or post-mortem).

Back in 1985, as I was starting to manage large


petroleum risks (refinery, installations, wells,
maritime fleets) – including the immense risks
of oil refineries number one and oil refinery
number three as per worldwide standards, I
started asking myself how I could foresee some
of that potential disruption (clearly, early on
and for future cases). At that moment, and for
some strange reason, someone started speaking to
me about Alvin Toffler’s and his game-changing
book “Future Shock” first published in the
1970s. [25]

From there on – having read the book carefully,


I became extremely interested about the rate of
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change, seeing change engendering opportunities


and chaos at the same time and forever. The
driving force was the understanding of how small
and complex things in life can be so profoundly
modified by just instituting “out-of-this-world”
common sense. To a great extent and since them,
I literally started a “space age” race to
understand the maximum about it (sic).

Some forms of change are amazing and must be


understood at any rate as per my view. For
instance, when things feel less chaotic, it
doesn’t mean that there is less chaos. What it
means is that many forms of chaos are greatly
intertwined and, thus, generating mutually-
reinforcing energies (productively and
disruptively), as their collective selective
pressures get aligned by their own combined
valuable orders (usually multiplied by many
orders of magnitude).

When my father gave me his private library, I


found a book that he never mentioned to me and
which he read in 1957, way before my coming into
existence, titled “El Desenlace Del Drama
Mundial” (in Spanish, “The Final Outcome of
World Drama”) authored by Dr. Fernando Chaij in
1956. It is a textbook with the rigor and
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strategic end and theme of a book in the


tradition of George Orwell, though it was fully
based on fact, statistics, and concern, never
driven by the science-fiction genre.

So many years later I came to a great


understanding. My maternal grandmother was
really a busy lady, not only in making her home
and being entrepreneurial, but my mother – not
fully aware of the subtle scope of my profession
– one day told me, “your grandmother was a
futurologist. She worked on understanding how
and when things were supposed to unfold.” And my
father would always tell us, besides amplifying
our brains thorough education and mind shaping
our personalities, “try to foresee every problem
so that you can fix them in advance.”

I was raised in a home that was much more


important so solve problems before their
crystallizing. Evidently, post-mortem
fundamental (not quick fixes) was extremely
efficacious too.

Fortunately I am not a prognosticator but I am


always practicing zillion “FUTURES” in advance
effortlessly. For a client or for a serious
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subject matter of mine, I will be eliciting the


driving forces that will impact positively and
negatively, as well the action plans to exploit
every UPSIDE out of every DOWNSIDE. In the mean
time, there is an Arab adage to share with you:
“That who foretells the truth lies even if he is
telling the truth.”

By extreme systematically and systemically


cognition, I see trends, their intertwining,
their superposing, their interrelationship, and
their possibilities. I also see advantages and
disadvantages and the fruitfulness of tackling
them when it is called for.

The scientific and technological progression,


driven by the convergence of many visionary
industries and the marketability of the stemming
technologies globally, has brought an
unprecedented level of scientific knowledge at a
growing rate beyond geometrically exponential
progression. In the mean time, and not so
paradoxically, too many valuable minds are
engaged in rogue retrogression.

Medical advancements and breakthroughs not only


hold the promise of prolonging life while
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holding it with great health and stamina, but it


is entertaining the idea of human lives
prevailing for up to one thousand years while
some, like Dr. Ray Kurzweil and Dr. Terry
Grossman [26], [27], speak habitually of
conquering immortality. Many serious researchers
speak about as live as you pay and use the one-
thousand year not to make afraid people about
immortality becoming a major reality in the near
future. The aim is immortality and not the
thousand years in actuality. In the final
decision, anyone will make its “freewill”
choice.

Attributed to Gary Hamel, “The problem with the


future is that is different (since once is
profound, its scientific properties are being
dramatically changed in real time). If you are
unable to think differently, the Future will
always arrive as a surprise.” Parentheses are
mine. [28]

As it is believed to be proclaimed by Samuel


Goldwyn, “Only a fool would make predictions –
especially about the future.”
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Before solving any complex problems, one must


understand the most of them. A cross-function,
multidimensional, scrutinizing womb-to-tom vista
will be beyond vital. In the execution, one must
operate through many contexts and aided by a
cohesive compilation of a great diversity of
perspectives. As I paraphrase Dr. Stephen
Hawking and to pursue the former, my express
perpetual bottom-line for Life is the ensuing:
“My goal is simple. It is a complete
understanding of the Universe, why it is as it
is and why it exists at all.”

In aligning the idea of understanding the nature


of change and the impacts stemming from said
change, former GE CEO Jack Welch indicated:
“Seeing the world the way it is, not the way we
hope it will be or wish it to be.” He succeeded
Jack Welch and became GE CEO in September 07,
2010. [42]

To further enlighten the present material, Tichy


stated: “Jeff Immelt realizes that the world
changes every day and that his job is to keep GE
competitive in that changing world. But his
ability to take the company where it needs to go
is greatly facilitated by the fact that he has a
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clear understanding of where he is starting.”


[42]

Agreeing greatly with Dr. Hawkins’s, Michael


mentioned, “To get to the guts of why things
happen.” [42]

There is a mandate in the PRESENT unto the


FUTURE by the forces of the FORTHCOMING TIMES.
The solid idea about it requires crafting a new
vision, with its appended strategy, and aligning
people to it. Transformation involves not just
tearing away from the PAST, but immediately
moving into a new better future besieged by
great perils that must be transformed into
lucrative yet sustainable UPSIDES.

In speaking to your intellect, as your intellect


and mine dialogue fluently, I will appeal to
very legitimate narrative resources to offer you
an accurate insight and perspective of how the
scientific properties of change are changing and
how changed changes are beginning to change it
all beyond the wildest dreams and nightmares. In
due time, you will realize that this is a well-
meant calling in which rigor is sine qua non to
the undersigned.
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The PRESENT seems to be having a great deal of


enjoyment by pontificating via words and deeds
mediocrity in exponentially geometric
expressions, thus exploiting the worst of
humankind as if it were the most desired
quality. This featured quality by the PRESENT is
pervasively horrendous and existentially
damaging. On the contrary, the FUTURE is
capable, and in fact it implements, of doing
well to the point we would astound ourselves.
The actual quotation by Thomas Edison indicates:
“If we all did the things we are capable of
doing well we would literally astound
ourselves.” [44]

As this material will portray, and very much to


the advantage of the subject matter here dealt
with, I carry on all my professional lines of
practice with absolute agreement with Otto
Herman Khan. He actually stated: “I'm against
fashionable thinking…. I'm against ignorance…. I
am against the whole cliché of the moment… I'm
against sloppy, emotional thinking…” [43]. In my
case, I am also extremely against superfluous
and inexpensive thinking. It’s timely to
remembering that humanity’s problems are all
related to ignorance. Very soon enough you’ll
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find the rigor, as well as the strong sense,


critico-creative approach, by the author.

ARTICLE’S INTRODUCTORY QUOTATIONS BY ENLIGHTENED


MINDS

There is a great deal of publishing about change


and coping with it and its consequences. I have
the firmest belief that there is a huge lack of
understanding how change can change its own
nature. Bacon, ensuing, makes a legendary
quotation about it.

Sir Francis Bacon: “He that will not apply new


remedies must expect new evils, for time is the
greatest innovator.” [2]

In seriously rigorous thinking, there is an


important maxim to bear in mind at all times. It
establishes: “whatever is now working is already
obsolete.” In the case of already-forewarned
scientists, this implies to evolve or to
radicalize the evolution of any tangible or
intangible. When evolution gets radicalized in
applied science, a so-called breakthrough takes
place. Therefore, Einstein makes the case now:
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Albert Einstein: “It has become appallingly


obvious that our technology has exceeded our
humanity … We shall require a substantially new
manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”
[4]

One of America’ and the world’s greatest and


most rigorous intellect with a perspective
embedded in the future. He, Buckminster Fuller,
tackles a continuously and increasingly puzzling
problem. As follows:

Richard Buckminster Fuller reminds us of the


following: “Either war is obsolete, or men are.”
[5]

Some scientific research preliminary yet


unconfirmed outcomes and findings seem to
suggest that the future rules the present. The
German philosopher Nietzsche has his own lucid
position.
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche: "It’s our future


that lays down the law of our today." [6] It’s
advantageous to understand what a prominent 120-
year-old corporation such as GE is now
considering. This quote is attributed to GE’s
current CEO, Jeff Immelt: “I have to lead for
tomorrow’s world.”

We cannot solve problems planted in the past.


But we can solve problems to come (in the
future). So, former U.S. president Roosevelt
makes a great appeal.

Theodore Roosevelt: "All the resources we need


are in the mind." [7]

It is indispensable to create whatever future


you conceive by yourself. Is there a better tool
than your most cultivated and prepared mind
thinking in unthinkable? See Emerson’s’ take:

Ralph Waldo Emerson writes: “Man hopes; Genius


creates.” [8]
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In order to work for the matters that make us


hope, we must bluntly face the matters that
besiege our own existence, the ones elicited by
us and the ones elicited by the people that we
don’t even like. Dr. Knowles, greatly into adult
education, has a lucid position that can serve
us as a starting point. Following:

Dr. Malcolm Knowles Ph.D.: “The greatest danger


for the survival of the present civilization is
neither atomic war, nor environmental pollution,
nor the exploitation of natural resources, and
nor present crises. The underlying cause to all
of the above is the acceleration of man’s
obsolescence … The only hope seems to be an
electroshock program to re-instill to the
current adults the competencies required to
function adequately under a mode of perpetual
change. This is a profound need – the
immeasurable challenge – that is presented by
the modern society to adult educator.”

Former Federal Supreme Court Justice Sandra


O’Connor gave a brief interview in 2009. He is
mobilized into telling people that children and
youngster must be taught both a) Civics and b)
History. Clearly, having seen so much mistaken
leading to grave imprisonment sentences,
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O’Connor indicates that many of the people did


not understand the basics about 1) living
civilly in society, 2) respecting the mandates
of the “Law Of The Land”, and 3) understanding
where society and, in her case, the U.S. comes
from (through systematic study of history) to
understand where are we likely to go or not. On
education Dr. Skinner made an important point.

Dr. Burrhus Frederic Skinner Ph.D., ˝Education


is what survives when what has been learned has
been forgotten.” [9]

We see a host of manufacturers of all types of


products, including automakers and their cars.
In great many cases and as people have been
concerning about being so-called “global
winners” in their respective industries, they
were adding to their products more and more
features. That is, they were adding great
complexity while defying that the whole is
greater than the sum of the parts. Evidently,
you can add every thinkable “complexity” to your
products, as long as you greatly upgrade the
scrutinizing vista of the entirety of the
systems and the dynamic interactions among i)
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hardware (amplest meaning), ii) software


(amplest meaning), and iii) humans themselves
(both the manufactures as well as the end
users). Since you cannot use the same knowledge
repository in making the features-adding-to-
your-products effort, you’d better pay attention
to Einstein’s wise words.

Albert Einstein: "A problem can never be


resolved at the same level of knowledge that was
created." [10]

Was Thomas Jefferson America’s first futurist?


He proclaimed:

Thomas Jefferson: ̋I prefer the stories of the


future than history.˝ [11]

Speaking of not changing the current state of


affairs, Dr. Kissinger, especially addressed for
people how take to extreme “first, foremost and
never do not harm,” by stating:

Dr. Henry Kissinger addresses: "An ignored issue


is an invitation to a problem." [12]
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Former U.K. Prime Minister Churchill is


considered by many one of the greatest political
intellects. He had a great position on the
future, stating:

Sir Winston Churchill: "The empires of the


future are the empires of the mind." [13]

There are many fallacies and ill-conceived


assumptions that even smart people hold dearly
without subjecting said fallacies and
assumptions to great testing to attempt to
disprove them to gain insight what holds true
and what doesn’t.

Antonio Machado: “The eye is not an eye because


you see it. The eye is the eye because it sees
you.” [14]

After the insight by Machado, there is


additional insight along his lines:
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The Panchatantra (body of Eastern philosophical


knowledge): “Knowledge is the true organ of
sight, not the eyes.” [15]
Seeing through the eyes of applied science is,
in my view, the optimum mode and here lies
further food for thought:

Bernard d'Espagnat: "Even if the Universe is a


little myopic is true that, more than others,
MEN OF SCIENCE ARE ITS EYES." [16]

Drucker was blamed often of self-praising


himself about his capability of foretelling the
future. This is his take:

Peter Drucker: “Things that have already


happened but whose consequences have not been
realized [because they were not imagined,
considered, or envisioned by disciplined
foresight and far-sight extending and expanding
both sides of the human brain] … Don’t confuse
movement with progress.” [17] Brackets are
mine.
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In an interview with Charlie Rose in 2009, Dr.


Watson explained the vast significance of
science:

Dr. James D. Watson, Ph.D.: "Science gives


society a great sense of decisive freedom."
[18]

There has never been a greater importance to the


most sophisticated importance to education,
especially to science, math, and engineering.
The ensuing quotation therefore goes:

Arthur C. Clarke: “We have to abandon the idea


that schooling is something restricted to youth.
How can it be, in a world where half the things
a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 – and
half of the things he knows at 40 hadn’t been
discovered when he was 20?” [19]

Regardless of how difficult, every responsible


adult must assume the difficulties of the
present realities. Then, s/he can establish a
plan of action to work through those realities
to overcome those realities. Khan offers
important insight now.
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Otto Herman Khan: “Clearly, the first task is to


gain acceptance of a more reasonable view of the
future, one that opens possibilities rather than
forecloses them.” [20]

Time and action are invaluable resources. Verify


the ensuing quotation:

General Francisco de Miranda: “Time is the


context by means of which action is delivered.”
[21]

Unthinkable thinking will increasingly prove


itself the most sensible decision.

Oscar Wilde: "To expect the unexpected shows a


thoroughly modern intellect."

Daring circumstances are for the tough-minded,


resilient, resolved, as well as for those who
combine boldness with prudence.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox: "There is no chance, no


destiny, no fate that can circumvent, hinder or
control the firm resolve of a determined soul."
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Before challenging situations, don’t rule it out


or oversimplify without first trying to research
those situations and begin asking questions.

AN U.S. AIR FORCE COLONEL WHO REPEATED IT


FREQUENTLY: "It's better to remain silent and be
thought a fool that open your mouth and remove
any doubt."

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW? HOW MANY “NOWS” ARE


THERE?

Swift and swirling change, peril, complexity,


and newness do not function alone. They are
deeply inter-meshed, interactive, and
transforming, as well as transformational.

You can open up new doors for yourself, see new


options, minimize significant mistakes, and
maximize potential understandings. In order for
you to act decisively successful, you’d better
have a lucid comprehension of said understanding
for Life. A lucid comprehension will come to you
by the greatest – tough and subtle – application
of the scientific method, especially through
exact sciences.
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Because of the forces exerted by the FUTURE upon


the PRESENT, this Era streams rising ambiguity,
ambivalence, dichotomy, uncertainty, complexity,
conflict and yet unprecedented possibilities.
It’s greatly convenient the luminescent thought
by the prominent German philosopher, Friedrich
Wilhelm Nietzsche "It’s our future that lays
down the law of our today."

It’s advantageous to understand what a prominent


120-year-old corporation such as GE is now
considering. This quote is attributed to GE’s
current CEO, Jeff Immelt: “I have to lead for
tomorrow’s world.”

It is for leaders to fall into the trap of


thinking that planning ahead and building for
the FUTURE is an incredible luxury. IT IS NOT.
IT IS AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY.

But anyone who underestimates the revolutionary


character of today’s changes is living a too-
uncontrolled an illusion. Zen Buddhists will
offer you an unprecedented lecture on reality
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being the greatest mental “fabrication” by the


hominid's mind. The world is being transformed
dramatically and irrevocably, second by second
all of the time.

Juxtapositions of many knowledge dominions will


bring about the greatest scientific convergence
ever in the years ahead. Some people like James
Canton call suggest the forces of “weird
science” in every sphere in our lives. [22]

With each passing day, change quickens everyday


at a faster-and-faster, nonlinear, discontinuous
and counter-intuitive rate. In the mean time,
Evelyn Lindner reminds us of the following:
“Pessimism is a luxury of good times … In
difficult times, pessimism is a self-fulfilling,
self-inflicted death sentence.”

ARTICLE
To further set the stage for this material, the
textbook “Einstein in the Boardroom” by Suzanne
S. Harrison and Patrick H. Sullivan Sr. may
offer some lucid ideas on the “current” state of
affairs when they claim: “Humans have been
adding to their total knowledge steadily over
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the centuries, and the amount of knowledge we


create is multiplying at an incredible rate.
Beginning with the amount of knowledge in the
known world at the time of Christ, studies have
estimated that the first doubling of that
knowledge took place about 1700 A.D.. The second
doubling occurred around the year 1900. It is
estimated today that the world's knowledge base
will double again by 2010 and again after that
by 2013.” [37]

There are many serious publications, around 2003


through 2007, speaking of the entirety of
scientific knowledge doubling every five (5)
years. How can one undertake such a gargantuan
challenge, through the “Society of Knowledge,”
unless it is through the stewardship of the
scientific method?

The PRESENT resolutely insists on trashing


itself with an overload of “obsoledge” (obsolete
knowledge) [23]. But the erudite, shrewd, pre-
cog FUTURE – knowing the decisively better best
– stays safe and certain that «what worked best
won’t» for the PRESENT besieged by mundane
miseries, those miseries propelled by the
unkindest humankind without a fail. THE FUTURE
IS ALSO AND ABOVE ALL BESIEGED, BUT BESIEGED OF
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AND BY BREAKTHROUGHS IN PERPETUITY AND


PERPETUALLY IN FLUIDITY RADIANTLY AND
IRRADIANTLY.

If you must insist, you can study the


melancholic PAST as a distorted prologue primer
to the PRESENT. Nevertheless, not even the
loftiest accumulation of all the suboptimal
PASTS added to the PRESENT are nothing but an
infinitesimal, ineffectual, inconsequential,
immaterial, and impious script to the FUTURE.
PAST and PRESENT are a bunch of empty, hallow
iotas.

Said script, I’m not apologetic to state, since


I did not birth this Universe, won’t get you to
your own FUTURE’s UPSIDES, but might make you
institute an emergency landing upon your own
existential disruption unless you pay great
attention and act upon it urgently. Got to get
beyond cross-pollinated sophistication.

In the ultimate scrutiny, you must conceive,


design, develop, implement, sustain, update,
adapt, re-adapt, and re-invent you and your own
FUTURES, FUTURE by FUTURE for Life, a Life that
will equate to immortality.
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Unless, in exercising your most conscientious


freewill, you wish to be enslaved by a robot
that is: omniscient, as well as self-upgrading,
self-enhancing, self-replicating, self-fixing,
self-energized, self-renewing, self-reinventing,
self-aware, self-ruling, self-transporting,
self-commuting (by ground, air, water, outer
space, tele-transportation, etc.), and in
possession of many other ‘selfs’ that grant it
huge autonomy.

Those believing that tele-transportation or,


more popularly known as teleporting, might wish
to research on the breakthroughs by Los Alamos
National Laboratories. Some years ago they made
it possible at the “discrete level.”

The PRESENT does not resemble the PAST, nor will


the FUTURE ever resemble the PRESENT; up until
now the PRESENT has been anecdotal, folkloric,
and still impregnated with greater forces and
yet more subtle ones than an ever-increasing
synergy (i.e., mother of all synergies) of all
our known and unknown PASTS combined (over four
billion years), while the FUTURE will over-
geometrically trans-mutate into infinitely
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swifter, arrhythmic, inconceivably, amorphously


perennially-accelerating (through diversely
modulated or not speeds — speeds that stem from
some new order of rampant speeding and
acceleration of said speeding —), orderly-
chaotized and yet more driven into vividly-
immersed and palpable realities than our current
yet obsolete PRESENT.

Why second-guess the FUTURE when you can read,


in advance, said FUTURE's hints NOW and exploit
them grandiosely, to your advantage? Annihilate
the DOWNSIDES to hijack the UPSIDES,
metaphorically and not so metaphorically
speaking about leading, managing, and
undertaking organizations with a profit end or
otherwise.

The FUTURE always wishes to readily equip the


present with novel information. Why? Because the
FUTURE considers the PRESENT a failed stated in
the realm of time, and does not desire to get
implicated with the downsides of a sub-optimal,
bitter fellow who declines every helpful
knowledge on “emotional intelligence” and
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“political intelligence”. Anyway we are in a


multi-eon-streaming epoch in which mind-
toughness and mind resilience, within kindness
and civility, are going to be far more important
than the smile of the bus driver spoken of by
Daniel Goldman. [29]

As the FUTURE gives the PRESENT a bad score and


becomes judgmental on it, the PRESENT flagrantly
denies and rejects the current existence of the
FUTURE. The signs echo by the FUTURE into the
PRESENT are ubiquitously here in encoded ways.

As the FUTURE paraphrases Shakespeare’s sentence


(fears take away the good with which we could
win) and executes it in the practice, the
PRESENT feels a great animosity against such a
maxim and habit.

The forthcoming FUTURE – already scattered among


us – has a lot to offer to the PRESENT, namely
an invaluable out-of-this-world-and-time source
of narrative and numerical data (unexplored
repository knowledge waiting to being seized and
administered by the PRESENT and its
inhabitants). Can you think of anyone more
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visionary than the king in his class, the FUTURE


itself?

The PRESENT, unfortunately, is somehow anecdotal


(suboptimal) while the FUTURE ruthlessly and
relentlessly abides by ever-emerging scientific
truths. These truths contain vast gold mines for
creation, recreation, and super-creation, as
well as for devastation. The cultivated brains
must root out the endless dangers to capture the
benefits, so humankind prevails on Earth and
much more beyond it if the Universe (and the
embedded Nature of the latter), too, – and its
own hyper-dynamics – warrants such a sovereign
license.

For the first time in history, we can work


backward from our imagination rather than
forward from our past. [28] In the midst of
chaos, there is a learning lesson to assimilate.
Sometimes the table is served for OVER-LEARNING
if the prepared mind is paying huge attention to
the nano-granularity of details.

To me uncharted territory is the most


splendorous “terra incognita” territory, chiefly
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because of its sheer number of unknown knowns


and unknown knowns.

The term singularity entered the popular science


culture with the 1993 presentation at NASA-
sponsored conference of a seminal paper by San
Diego State University statistician Vernor
Vinge. The abstract of the famous essay is as
dauntingly lucid today as it was more than a
decade ago: Permalink:
http://www.mindstalk.net/vinge/vinge-sing.htm

Professor Vinge indicated it in 1993: “Within


thirty years, we will have the technological
means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly
after, the human era will be ended …Is such
progress avoidable? If not to be avoided, can
events be guided so that we may survive? These
questions are investigated. Some possible
answers [and some further dangers] are
presented…” Brackets are mine.

I just wonder if the FUTURE is always stalking


on the PRESENT! Perhaps, it is so. One thing can
be ascertained, because of its non-erudite
nature, the FUTURE (the over-ruling) is always
filibustering the PRESENT (the enslaved).
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These days meaning: these seconds — the totality


of all is in the making perpetually. That to be
‘in the making’ mode —at this time— is
relentlessly thought of and thought through way
in advance. This is a technique to CURRENTLY get
your brains over-in-sourced by zillion practiced
futuristic scenarios (quite early on).

The FUTURE WILL HIT the PRESENT AND ITS


RESPECTIVE GROUND RUNNING. All of that as it has
been seen up to the present time. This is a
hyper-accelerated Eons-streaming Age and ever-
increasingly by an above and beyond an over-
exponential factor. Said ‘over-exponential
factor,’ even when multiplied by many orders of
magnitudes as in effect it is, the non-linear
geometrical and discontinuous growth of it is by
most people immeasurably underestimated and
misunderstood. Besides its intuition is only
counter-intuition.

To me the PAST is more like Alice (Alice's


Adventures in Wonderland). The PRESENT seems
more like Mr. Hyde while the FUTURE appears to
be more like the joint conspiracy by Dr. Jekyll
and Dorian Gray. Perhaps, we will need the
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combined effort by Sherlock Holmes and Agatha


Christie to decipher these outright enigmas,
namely those stemming from the always-awaited-
but-ever-intruding FUTURE. We are always longing
for the good sides of the futures impiously
forgetting that those futures come along with
great responsibilities and challenges.

Progress is the future outcome of a multitude of


cascades of “current moments” flowing
divergently. The divergence unites seamlessly
but not under the comprehension of the “naked”
human eye.

The PRESENT is introvert adhocracy as the FUTURE


is technocracy in perpetuum. The PRESENT is an
illiterate adhocratic one while the FUTURE is
the technocratic, ‘omni mode’ savant. The PAST
is hollow and inconsequential fossils
unverifiable by any “carbon testing.”

Most business plans are (have been for too long)


grotesquely ill-conceived indeed in the mean
time, as they are written-up and reckoned with
the eyes fixed in prehistory. IF IT IS NOT AN
ACTUAL SUB-SET OF A MUCH GREATER AND THOROUGH
ADVANCED RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGY, THE FIRM WILL
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MEET GARGANTUAN CHALLENGES. Otherwise, there


will be great opportunities! One end of the
greatest Risk Management Effort (extraneous to
insurance, co-insurance, re-insurance, bonds,
and those artifices “marketed” by beautifully
institutionalized “social engineer”, termed by
these God-sent incumbents: “marketing
techniques”) is to entertaining the fiscally
sound outcomes of a business, literally any
business, challenge, or task.

This FUTURE, that throws around its weight


through every facet of the PRESENT mercilessly,
might be 99.99% INEVITABLE. Inevitability, in
this instance, equates to meaning that it will
be a rogue dictator, over-ruling capriciously
and solely acting upon its way and capricious
taste.

The unavoidable consequences of this FUTURE can


be mitigated or at least somehow modulated.
Evidently, this FUTURE’s UPSIDES can be,
perhaps, seized and even amplified. To meet both
requisites, there is one HUGE prerequisite
before proceeding any further. That is, that the
TOTALITY of HUMANKIND has to converge AT UNISON
—‘on the doubles’— on the most essentials
Herculean tasks to do in order to attempt the
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sustainability of the corresponding civilization


as it is known / perceived now.

Possibly, this FUTURE will not have — as per the


flawed hopes treasured by all-walks-of-life
eyewitnesses — a “natural tendency.” Stated
plainly, because it is being envisioned and
worked-out preternaturally, this FUTURE may
appear – before our naked eyes – with extreme
tendencies and directives that evoke the most
extravagant and transhuman mandates.

The terms “extravagant” and “transhuman,” in


this case, apply for even the ultimately
leading-edge practitioner of the scientific
realm, either within that eminent establishment,
or those with an unauthenticated citizenship
from the avant-garde renegade-verse. It might be
a genuine deal, it might not?

Said dictator will not impersonate anyone. He


will be THE maximum MONARCH OF TECHNOCRACY by
his own right, Remember? Yes, yes, yes — I know,
Technocracy, the gentleman that just espoused a
lady with an appalling temperament that loses
composure oft, even before the state’s visits by
the Holly Pope and her Royal Highness the Queen
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of England. Her fist name is “Global.” Her


surname is “Crises.” That’s the reason why this
“power couple” has made Sir Francis Bacon a
best-selling icon, “FOR TIME IS THE GREATEST
INNOVATOR.” Gotten it?

This Monarch will expel every laggard and every


one that, notwithstanding his / her most
advanced education, worships and disseminates
ignorance. This expel will include the transfer
of the selected one to a recondite corner of the
Universe or Multiverse.

The PRESENT carries on superfluously. But the


FUTURE is over-impregnated and super-immersed
with detailed meaning and significance and with
projected transgressive-ly and a là ‘omni mode’
manners, as well as with its manifesting
tangibly and yet palpably intangibly pervasive
ubiquity.

Perpetual innovation is a rogue truth to this


PRESENT. The breadth, depth, scope, subtlety,
intricacy, and rate of acceleration of this
FUTURE’s perpetual innovation will be endless,
endless so that is beyond the wildest dream or
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nightmare ever conceived by the ultimately noted


or most criticized sci-fi writer.

To attribute to this FUTURE’s perpetual


innovation a quality of far-fetched will be as
well an extreme over-simplification and an
existential blunder and the greatest and most
public personal acknowledgment of own worshiped
supine ignorance.

The PRESENT is a function of the PAST and, above


all, a function of the FUTURE. The PRESENT is a
function of the PAST only in part.

Remember: The FUTURE is always pre-clashing


and/or clashing the PRESENT, thus continuously
shaping and re-shaping the PRESENT to a great
extent. The FUTURE is, so to speak, 30% a
function of the PRESENT and 70% a function of
the FUTURE itself.

The PRESENT is bathed by the ill-presumed


permanency and by the quality of being
impermanent. The PRESENT is never a snapshot or
fixed (static). It is the linkage,
superposition, and/or contentious intertwining
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of many films (multi-fluidly dynamics /


kinetics).

Its dynamism grants itself, the PRESENT, huge


ambitions to becoming the FUTURE while trying to
capture the ‘here and now’ mirage, a mirage (a
misdemeanor) that does not care losing the sense
of ridicule in worldwide football / soccer game
through worldwide broadcasting “live.” There are
too many ‘heres’ and a myriad of ‘nows.’

The PRESENT is at least always infinite, unless


its interrelationship with the FUTURE stops. The
FUTURE is never endless unless a great anomaly
takes place.

Concerning the PRESENT and specially the FUTURE,


the great majority of people failed considering
the possibility of anything going wrong, no
matter how remote the location or complexity of
the implementation environment.

The PRESENT and the FUTURE engender tsunamis of


CHANGES. When you altered your work because of
competition and/or difficult times, you are
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CHANGING your professional occupation


(organizational strategy).

The PRESENT has always been used to being a land


at the dawn of history, that history architected
by a bunch of biographies and auto-biographies
by the winners and the prevailing ones without
considering the side of the losing ones or that
of those not taking part.

The PRESENT’s duties are appended to the FUTURE.


The PRESENT’s rights are appended to the PAST.

When you reflect and modify you innermost (and


that one revolting and commuting within the
innermost by using its own proprietary
translational and rotational move), you are
CHANGING your essence to some extent. CHANGING
your essence to being ADAPTABLE to ever-shifting
realities.

When CHANGE is always altering all types of


CHANGES, the scientific properties of known and
unknown changes get modified, sometimes
profoundly and sometimes to an indescribable
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unknown. This extreme modification is what I


have been referring to ‘CHANGED CHANGES.’

CHANGED CHANGES make the overwhelming case for


‘beyond unprecedented’ reinvention of humans,
lifestyles, organizations, businesses,
governments, nongovernmental organizations,
societies, and worldwide society. In the
process, the extreme makeover is in nothing
superficial or similar. And the call is an
abrupt wake-up alarm to all sorts of leaders,
managers, entrepreneurs, business owners,
government administrators, consultants,
advisers, strategists, professors, teachers,
students, researchers, and any breathing or
cryogenized human being.

Welcome to a new “normal” and a new “abnormal.”

At the time being, it does not matter anymore


where you come from and how this impact your
‘current’ PRESENT. Instead, what is presently
relevant for you to envision are the floating,
fluxing, cross-railed FUTURES as they climb the
treacherous building-block ladder, the ladder of
accumulation of opportunities, challenges, and
perplexing, but exuberant trade-offs.
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These trades-offs poise the least thinkable of


the unthinkable results, challenging our body
(physiology), mind (psychology), and soul
(spirit). If you think “exuberant” is a fancy or
undesirable term, wait until you come to meet
your FUTURE in person.

To apply, say, for practical leadership


credentials will be a nearly, though not
impossible, insurmountable enterprise for Life.
Leadership to what a) Benchmark, b) Metric, c)
Objective, d) Goal, e) Function, f) Purpose?

How insurmountable? As nearly insurmountable as


attempting to hike the Everest cloth-less,
equipment-less, ill-prepared, without a crew and
the indispensable Sherpa, as you walk and climb
toward the mountain’s peak with your back
focused on the peak and while your eyes are
grabbed by the starting-point locus. You have
the right to successfully seek the anti-
canonical milestone, Haven't you?

You can always walk into the FUTURE backwards to


revive the fossilized vestiges of blurred/made-
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up memories that eat your soul out. A healthy


medical prescriptions will dictate: “The patient
must always focus on the FUTURE. In the process,
and in order to keep its existence, he/she must
always REMEMBER THE FUTURE.”

You know what the PAST is? Reply: The eternal


flow of increasing creative-tension
discrepancies between the FUTURE and the
PRESENT, encapsulated in a stream of segments
from the ‘preterit tense’ kingdom, a kingdom
that is neither awaken nor significant anymore.
Historians and actuaries, in a hurry, will be
shouting that they stop being “retrospective” to
becoming “prospective” (and creatively so) given
the eternally-happening inflicting points of
inflections.

Paraphrasing Ray Kurzweil [1], as order from


FUTURE exponentially increases, designated time
exponentially and incessantly speeds up by ever-
increasing orders of magnitude. The PRESENT is
just a fluid venue progressively shocked by the
interactions between the unfortunately
fossilized PAST and the FUTURE.
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Clearly, the genetics of the human beings will


have a notable impact on the psychology and
physiology of the humans until the FUTURE’s say.
Such a say has a designated ‘due time.’ By all
enforced effects, the FUTURE is always a
representative of three facets. There is the
facet of opportunities that we can call UPSIDE
RISKS.

Another facet is that of the likelihood of


potential disruption. The former impersonates
the DOWNSIDE RISK. Thirdly, there’s the facet of
blended UPSIDE RISKS with DOWNSIDE RISKS. To
really get the OPPORTUNITIES the DOWNSIDE RISKS
must be terminated or, at least, mitigated and
modulated.

Such eternal creative-tension discrepancies /


disputes — as imposed by the rogue and nearly
ageless interrelationship between the FUTURE and
the PRESENT — as the FUTURE wages a “preemptive
war” to get the PAST under retirement. These
eternal creative-tension discrepancies make
three major displacements. Firstly, it displaces
the PAST to a corner (or quadrant) where
vestiges are fossilized but not looked after.
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Secondly, it displaces the PRESENT closer to the


FUTURE. Thirdly, the FUTURE pulls pervasively
the PRESENT into the FUTURE’s intimate spheres
of influence, since this monarch (the FUTURE)
wishes the PRESENT to be the ultimate, loyal
subject of the FUTURE. This wish by the FUTURE
is to this monarchical ruler a sine qua non
without fail.

It must be mentioned that interrelationship


between the FUTURE and the PRESENT is intense
and will become increasingly more intense,
beyond the boldest and lucid imagination without
a fail.

Mother Nature is a great and loving and noble


matriarch. The Universe is the oldest and wisest
Patriarch, perhaps the elder son of the greatest
intelligence of all. The Multiverse (many
universes happening and reckoning at the same
time, possessing many dimensions) is not only
the maximum, all-enabling Patriarch, but also a
pervasive Patrician holding the greatest
intelligence, wealth, perhaps the elder son of
applied omniscience, nanotechnology,
biotechnology, robotics, and A.I. (artificial
intelligence). [41]
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Successful and tough / subtle / refined /


granular reverse-engineering captures
breakthrough innovations for the PRESENT’ and
from the FUTURE’s dominion. Reverse-engineering
all regardless of its origins, terrestrial or
extraterrestrial. In the last analysis,
everything is terrestrial and exo-terrestrial.
This is important to bear in mind. Terrestrial
or extraterrestrial, what a fruitless argument
as that of the gender of the angels, is
ultimately guided by the Multiverse (period).
The Earth (so too: Earthlings, always greatly
non-terrestrials, and/or Buckminster Fuller’s
Earthians) is a function of the Universe. The
Universe is a function of the Multiverse.
Perhaps, the Multiverse is a function of most
known and chiefly unknown forms of awareness and
intelligence.

Every human is partly earthling and partly


extraterrestrial. Why? Because pre-bio-genesis
and bio-genesis was (at least and as it seems)
massively instilled from the outer space (a sub-
verse of the Multiverse). If extraterrestrial
beings existed, they would be, in fact, siblings
to current humans. How come? Because there are
other genesis different from bio-genesis on
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Earth, whether within our knowledge or not. A


genesis does not only take place only on Earth,
but in the whole Universe if it is or not under
known and unknown modes/assumptions.

To capture benefits and to extreme-make-over,


say, leadership and to scientifically steward
disruption potential into exploited upsides (to
make success capturing crystallizes), you need
to understand the PRESENT, the FUTURE, and its
frenzy interrelationship. In making this effort
optimum — and among other prerequisites — we
must find out and address two topics. One topic
has to do with how we reached this PRESENT out
of a scattered PAST’s technological
accomplishment as we constructed an expanded
knowledge repository just by practicing future
scenarios through radiant foresight, far-sight,
hindsight, insight, and innermost-sight.

Another topic is that insidious habit of the


FUTURE in seducing the as-of-now PRESENTS while
the citizens of such PRESENTS make us agent so
many looking-forward changes that set afire the
interrelationship between this PRESENT and this
FUTURE. Now we know how we got to ‘here’, ‘here’
is the hyper-dynamism of flows, in-flows,
counter-flows, avant-garde flows, crossed-
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pollinated flows, point-inflecting flows. “As-


of-now” exactly refers to the PRESENT-FUTURE’s
own tête-à-tête. [38]

‘Here’, while in the PAST, was a bit statistical


but never really so. The so-called ‘here’ is
undergoing a total immersion of numberless
processes, throughputs, transactions, deeds,
etc. ‘Here’ has always been mobilized. ‘Now’ is
motorized at a rate that is beyond awe-
inspiring. We just got the ‘now’ about right to
this point. To turn savvier on this FUTURE, one
must be a genius in his executions (sic),
yoctosecond by yoctosecond.

Then, he / she has to make the greatest effort


of all, that is, to think unthinkably in
relation to present forces and pertaining to
futuristic trends—both subtle and dramatic ones
as well as those driving and marshaling and
enforcing just brute-force dramatic ones—by
means of the practical implementation of
scenario planning. All of the previous without
ignoring the flagrant and less-are-sometimes-
more interactions instrumented by said forces.
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Thereinafter, your unthinkable thinking about


FUTURES must become more refined, enhanced,
exuberant, streamlined, diverse, expanded,
disciplined, and extended. In doing so, it never
suffices to come up with a three-scenario
forecast. Subsequently, forecasts must carry
with you as many plausible or implausible
scenarios (ad infinitum indeed) as resources
required never lacking the maximum rigor. Also,
no optimum forecast is great enough if it is not
accompanied with an arsenal of plans of
contingency. Each scenario crafted must have its
respective, unambiguous plan of contingency
without a fail.

All of this is true for humans from the PAST and


the PRESENT. Towards a more advanced time — and
by means of reverse-engineering with the
omniscience perspective — the humans will
increasingly be of different constituents and
design, as well as different concerning purpose,
function, and a combination of purpose and
function simultaneously.

The PRESENT is always unnecessarily delayed or


even lost and absent-minded because its limits
are impermanent and capabilities are finite. The
PRESENT never contemplates fast-forward-ly, but
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in reversal in so adding to its even greater


inherent disadvantage. The FUTURE operates
beyond the offensive acceleration of ‘light
speed’-plus and nearly without or with zero
limits or constraints or borders. The FUTURE is
the Napoleonic Emperor that does everything only
under its own terms, exploiting every advantage
and disadvantage to its lucrative well-being and
omni-ruling.

The FUTURE is accustomed to spying on the


PRESENT. How come? The FUTURE is the PRESENT’s
debriefing one. The FUTURE is, in many cases a
virtuoso, though it at times voyeurs the
PRESENT. What a horrendous vice! Such deed will
NEVER be tolerated. How do you REHAB the FUTURE?
Group therapy? Grouping it with whom?
Rehabilitating it by which means?

The PRESENT is sleepwalking while the FUTURE is


‘child like’ wondered by daydreaming. In the
mean time, the post-modern modernity is a rush
getting more and more modern by unprecedented
‘shock and awe’ unearthed standards.

This criss-cross PRESENT will be reconstituted


by the continually crinkum-crankum FUTURE
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inevitably. [30], [31]. There is going on a


terzetto in which the happenings are more or
less like this: the PAST (R.I.P), the PRESENT
(thé dansant), and the FUTURE (tertium quid).
[32], [33], [34]. Clearly, the PAST is getting a
fully impeachable CPR by so-called “historians.”
Earned in his own intellectual right, Thomas
Jefferson most lucidly stated: “I prefer the
dreams of the FUTURE than history.”

Who would dare not to appreciate that


nanotechnology, biotechnology, bionics, and
artificial intelligence making deep and steep
inroads? Incidentally, the definition of the
omniscience perspective can be revised at
www.AllSciCzar.blogspot.com as well.

The PRESENT is an absent-minded sardine while


the FUTURE is a giant cuttlefish in conspiracy
with an octopus and a twenty-four eyes jelly-
fish.

Ying and Yang have combined forces of subtle and


dramatic origin. These days the PRESENT is a bit
like a pseudo-harmonized Ying-Yang relationship.
The FUTURE is only about Yang deeds.
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The PRESENT is besieged by a bunch of


dilettantes and poseurs. [39]. The FUTURE is —
so to speak — à la Sir Francis Drake.

The PRESENT is more like Huckleberry Finn while


the FUTURE is perhaps the archetype of Genghis
Khan and his efficacious Mongols.

The stream of as-of-now PRESENTS will become —


to some extent — one of the forthcoming FUTURES.
At some point ahead, a PRESENT will be
ultimately integrated into a single FUTURE. Such
a FUTURE, though, will reach a point in which
being bio-based or bio-related or not in vivo at
all will be splendidly awaken and active.

Regardless of transhumanity, overhumanity,


superhumanity, nonhumanity and ‘above and
beyond’ humanity, the hard-core essential is and
will be not being human but becoming and acting
humanely.

The PRESENTS are from appalling and contentious


interrelationship between Venus and Mars. The
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FUTURES are only from stringent Mars. Go and ask


about it Dr. John Gray. [40]

The FUTURES are supervening upon the PRESENTS in


combination with the ruthless forces possess by
the own FUTURES.
The PRESENT concerns the animal and vegetable
kingdoms. The FUTURE is only about beyond post-
humanity and its staggering brute-force and
dramatically-subtle INTELLIGENCE.

The PRESENT pertains to pretending discovering


science. The FUTURE is absolute science
dominance and nearly if not thoroughly infinite
power.

On their own earned rights, the PRESENT and the


FUTURE are dogs and darlings, respectively.

The FUTURE has, in many incessant and


efficaciously ways, reminded the present about
the instrumentality of America’s primordial and
indigenous civilizations. When you take the
glorious Dakota’s tribal wisdom, you’ll be
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advised: Whenever you discover you’re on a dead


horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

The undisputable scientific maxim goes,


“everything now working is obsolete” (including
the human being and the human mind) and
therefore is subject to actual perfectibility
for Life. As you will never reach perfection
(even if over-practicing makes over-perfection),
one (and everything) must be increasingly be
upgraded forever. Can you now relate better to
Dakota wisdom above?

The PRESENT is always misled and misleading,


treasuring a great promise of deceit. The FUTURE
is eloquently transparent and clear, crippling —
in advance — violators of ethics, morality,
principles, integrity, and dignity.

The PRESENT has its eyes glued to the inside-


outs. The FUTURE is immensely into staring at
its outside-ins.

The PRESENT is a powerless hostage not


interested in any vindication at all. The
PRESENT is sick and ailing because of: a) its
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once-true believes, b) its once-true


assumptions, c) its once-true cosmosvision
(weltanschauung), d) its once-true systems of
belief, e) its once-true truisms f) its once-
true “common sense,” g) its once-true “good
luck,” so forth. From the human point of view,
these changed changes will be a throwing away of
all the previous maxims.

The PRESENT is pseudo-architected and mobilized


in tearing down achievement. The FUTURE is
always re-architecting itself while massively
out-fostering breakthrough achievements.

Subsequently, the FUTURE will incessantly remain


redefining the totality and the entirety of (i)
all and (ii) everything (known, unknown,
improbable, impossible, thinkable, unthinkable,
concerning, and desirable within and outside the
laws of physics, quantum mechanics, and other
science of “exactness”). I now welcome you,
ladies and gentlemen, to ‘Futurama’. [36]

Some serious scientists are making the case of


conquering humans’ immortality or, at least,
some thousand years of healthy living in the
upcoming years. In making their case, they
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insist that we are all made of an eternal


molecule known as DNA. They insist that the DNA
molecule has been with us through billions of
years. Ray Kurzweil proclaims that “by the
2030s, the nonbiological portion of our
intelligence will predominate” [1]. Get ready
then! Let this brief paragraph to be
introductory to the one ensuing.

Futurama will ultimately and inexorably


transform into Computronium [35], [36], a
technocratic, adhocratic, stratocratic,
plutocratic empire thoroughly immersed in the
overbearingly qualities: techie, nerdish,
brainy, geekish, whose subject matter is the
designated output of: a) humans, b) enhanced
humans, c) pseudo-humans, d) post-humans, e)
super-humans (over-men), f) bionicals, g)
superhumanly intelligent beings, h) robots, i)
hybrids, j) trans-humans, k) post-biologicals,
and l) a combination of all of the priors.

While the PRESENT vastly underestimates the


influence of the present-day Internet, the
FUTURE will capture every known and unknown
force to crown itself into ruthless
Computronium. This Royal is not silly dignitary
as one will see him out-compute the entirety of
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the Universe (and Multiverse, the Universe’s


first-and-foremost father).

In the near FUTURE’s (in the zillion flows


between Futurama, the adolescent, and
Computronium, the adult), your dreams,
fantasies, and nightmares will all be literally
out-dreamed and/or out-daydreamed and/or out-
smarted and/or out-shinned and/or out-foretold
by a factor of trillion orders of magnitude.

The FUTURE is bathed, as the PRESENT has already


been hinted, with artifacts that as a whole are
pervasively awakened. These FUTURES are beyond
boundary-less-ness.

The FUTURE is always unfolding before most


people’s absent-minded eyes, independently if
those eyes are appended or not to so-called
“prepared minds.”

The PRESENT is mostly about hardware (palpably


tangibles). The FUTURE is greatly about software
(palpably and not intangibles with consequences
and sequels both in the physical and vivid
virtuous worlds).
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The hardware era, ever-changing and adapting, is


giving way to the software era.

This colossal eons-streaming Era, regardless of


time locus, is always under ruthless ruling by
the FUTURE.
If you're not remembering the FUTURE is only
because you are ignoring every lesson by the
PAST and PRESENT, both a PAST and a PRESENT, in
my view, designated by the express mandates and
designs of the FUTURE.

The PRESENT makes a great number of mistakes


once, twice, thrice and beyond that without
learning a single lesson from even the most
recent and gravest mistakes. The FUTURE is into
extracting the critical lessons learned.

Whether or not you’re seeking a rival and if the


FUTURE is not conscientiously conceived,
designed, develop and created, the FUTURES will
become your most formidable adversaries.
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In unnoticeable yet transformational movement is


what the FUTURE’s status quo has become, a
status quo that is pervasively fluid and
impermanent in perpetuity. On the contrary, the
PRESENT’s status quo is erratic, timid,
disorganized, idiotized and consequently banal.

While the FUTURE is extremely concentrated and


focused on every matter in which it has a vested
interest, the PRESENT is over-fragmented –
greatly Balkanized –, thus lacking attention
and excessive in dilution of results.

In dealing with our systems of beliefs, strongly


held assumptions and cosmosvision
(weltanschauung), the FUTURE, into walking
habitually great lengths, ascertain that the
PRESENT is a thing of the past and the past is a
thing further back to the primordial big bang.

The FUTURE is not in hot pursuit of the PRESENT.


The PRESENT represents one fluid expression by
the ever-more autocratic unstoppable rulings by
demanded the FUTURE. Yet we have now a great
chance to make the most intelligent decision to
lowering the downsides and upping and upgrading
the upsides.
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In matters of actual challenging one’s own


intellect, any ‘too much’ effort to this end is
always ‘too little.’ We must, therefore, strive
exponentially and creatively forever to capture
now the best from the ever-forthcoming FUTURES.

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) is important. But


now is more important the most pervasive
amplification of the human mind via biological
media only so that we can conceive and develop
our own FUTURES and those incumbent to the
people we care for!

In deciphering the FUTURE now and making the


PRESENT a “thing of the PAST,” one must learn an
easy lesson: Post-mortem analyzes are
indispensable. Yet pre-mortem analyzes
(especially the qualitatively driven) are beyond
grandiose. In order to institute the latter you
must inquisitively learn to discern, think,
heed, ponder, scale and become furiously
mobilized.

WRAPPING UP
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The German philosopher, Friedrich Wilhelm


Nietzsche, reiterates that if we change the
present we can change the future, and if we
change the future – as well as the way we
proactively and qualitatively envision and
practice it through futuristic scenario methods
– we will be changing the present in fact and
taking increasing control over the negative
circumstances that impact us so dramatically. In
actuality, we must change both the PRESENT and
the FUTURE simultaneously. The PRESENT’s vest
interest into the FUTURE is too huge not to note
it immediately. Nietzsche, thereby, stated
exactly: "It’s our future that lays down the law
of our today."

It now becomes opportune Freeman Dyson’


sentence: “God is what mind becomes when it has
passed beyond the scale of our comprehension.”

The FUTURE will, nonetheless, unveil the most


ambitious and extravagant hopes crystallized
into bewildering, new full immersion realities.

Thinking “Big Picture” will never suffice since


this image is fixed. Instead: It is about
carrying on perennially fluidly radiant thinking
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irradiantly through quite a few big/small motion


pictures.

Even with the most beneficial UPSIDES from the


FUTURES, not to mention their inherent yet
controllable — to some extent — DOWNSIDES, it
will be a huge existential error not to identify
the diverse facets embedded in that a temporal
yet incessantly transmutating locus known as
“FUTURES”.

Clearly, in order for you to identify something


significant and rendering a solution, you must
acknowledge every complexity, every intricacy,
every dynamics and every challenge without
getting paralyzed through the analyzes,
especially the most crucial analyzes to a great
degree from the qualitative stand. Thereinafter,
keeping you reflecting via your own biological
“search engine” seeking to test, validate, and
falsify evidence in the ground and on the fly,
there has now come unquestionably urgent time
for boldest and shrewd execution.

If you don't conceive and develop — jointly with


your manageable and controllable UPSIDES and
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DOWNSIDES — your own FUTURES, Who is it going to


do it for you? Really?

CAVEAT
Capturing the benefits of all possibilities
stemming from the future, as well as turning
threats, perils and hazards – several of them
existential ones –, will largely depend on THE
TOTALITY OF humankind taking unprecedented
countermeasures in tackling so many global
crises with sustained success.

We must establish universal acceptance of the


greatest axiom of all times pertaining to the
subject matter to be dealt with now. Said axiom
establishes: “An ounce of prevention is worth
millions of dollars of cure.” In the West we are
unquestionably over-working at the “cure” while
maximizing the under-working at the
“prevention.”

Even by Dr. Bertrand Russell’s proclaim (“I know


more people who prefer to die than to think.”)
[3], we must anyway create preconditions for
everyone to get more immersed into the
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constructive thinking side of the equation than


in the self-destructing one.

By © Copyright 2010 Andres Agostini (*)

www.AgostiniWorks.blogspot.com
www.linkedin.com/in/AndresAgostini
www.twitter.com/SciCzar

Arlington, Virginia, USA + The World + The


Multiverse + Computronium

(*) Andres Agostini is the author of “¿La Medida


de Nuestro Desconocimiento?” (In Spanish, “The
Magnitude of Our Ignorance?”) as it is featured
by Google Scholar at
http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=%22and
res+agostini%22&btnG=Search&as_sdt=2000&as_ylo=&
as_vis=0

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
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[1] Ray Kurzweil’s quotations at


‹brainyquotes.com›
[2] Sir Francis Bacon (Oxford Dictionary of
Quotations, ISBN: 0-19-866185-1
[3] Dr. Bertrand Russell (Oxford Dictionary of
Quotations, ISBN: 0-19-866185-1)
[4] Dr. Albert Einstein (Oxford Dictionary of
Quotations, ISBN: 0-19-866185-1)
[5] Dr. Buckminster Fuller (Oxford Dictionary of
Quotations, ISBN: 0-19-866185-1) and at
‹brainyquotes.com›
[6] Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (Oxford
Dictionary of Quotations, ISBN: 0-19-866185-1)
and at ‹brainyquotes.com›
[7] Theodore Roosevelt at ‹brainyquotes.com›
[8] Ralph Waldo Emerson at ‹brainyquotes.com›
[9] Dr. Malcolm Knowles at ‹brainyquotes.com›
[10] Dr. Albert Einstein at ‹brainyquotes.com›
[11] Thomas Jefferson at ‹brainyquotes.com›
[12] Dr. Henry Kissinger at ‹brainyquotes.com›
[13] Sir Winston Churchill at ‹brainyquotes.com›
[14] Antonio Machado from Oxford Dictionary of
Quotations, ISBN: 0-19-866185-1.
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[15] The Panchatantra (body of Eastern


philosophical knowledge) from Oxford Dictionary
of Quotations, ISBN: 0-19-866185-1.
[16] Bernard d'Espagnat from Oxford Dictionary
of Quotations, ISBN: 0-19-866185-1.
[17] Peter Drucker from Oxford Dictionary of
Quotations, ISBN: 0-19-866185-1.
[18] Dr. James D. Watson, Ph.D. as he was
interviewed by Charlie Rose most recently in
year 2009.
[19] Arthur C. Clarke at ‹brainyquotes.com›
[20] Otto Herman Khan at ‹brainyquotes.com›
[21] General Francisco de Miranda from Oxford
Dictionary of Quotations, ISBN: 0-19-866185-1.
[22] James Canton, Technofutures: How Leading-
Edge Innovations Will Transform Business in the
21st Century by James Canton
(http://www.amazon.com/Technofutures-Leading-
Edge-Innovations-Transform-
Business/dp/0976108100/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=book
s&qid=1268366802&sr=1-3 )
[23] Revolutionary Wealth: How it will be
created and how it will change our lives by
Alvin Toffler and Heidi Toffler (ISBN-10:
038552207X)
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[24] Ella Wheeler Wilcox at ‹brainyquotes.com›


[25] Future Shock by Alvin Toffler (ISBN-10:
0553277375)
[26] Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live
Forever by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman (
ISBN-10: 0140282025 )
[27] Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well
Forever by Ray Kurzweil Ph.D. and Terry Grossman
M.D. (ISBN-10: 1605299561)
[28] “Leading the Revolution” by Gary Hamel
(ISBN-10: 1591391466)
[29] Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman (
ISBN-10: 055309503X )
[30] Criss-cross at Oxford Dictionary ISBN 0-19-
861122-6
[31] Crinkum-crankum at Oxford Dictionary ISBN
0-19-861122-6
[32] Terzetto at Oxford Dictionary ISBN 0-19-
861122-6
[33] Thé dansant at Oxford Dictionary ISBN 0-19-
861122-6
[34] Tertium quid at Oxford Dictionary ISBN 0-
19-861122-6
[35] Computronium at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computronium
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[36] Futurama at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurama
[37] “Einstein in the Boardroom” by Suzanne S.
Harrison and Patrick H. Sullivan Sr. (ISBN-10:
0-471-70332-X
[38] Tête-à-tête at Oxford Dictionary ISBN 0-19-
861122-6
[39] Dilettantes and poseurs at Oxford
Dictionary ISBN 0-19-861122-6
[40] Why Mars and Venus Collide: Improving
Relationships by Understanding How Men and Women
Cope Differently with Stress by John Gray.
[41] Multiverse at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiverse
[42] “The Cycle of Leadership” by Noel M. Tichy
(ISBN: 0-06-662056-2)
[43] Herman Kahn’s quotations at
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/herm
an_kahn.html
[44] Innovate Like Edison: The Five-Step System
for Breakthrough Business Success By Michael J.
Gelb (ISBN-10: 0452289823)
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ADDITIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY RECOMMENDED


The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend
Biology by Ray Kurzweil
(http://www.amazon.com/Singularity-Near-Humans-
Transcend-
Biology/dp/0143037889/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books
&qid=1268365913&sr=1-1
)

Lessons from the Future: Making Sense of a


Blurred World from the World's Leading Futurist
by Stanley M. Davis
(http://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Future-Blurred-
Leading-
Futurist/dp/1841120707/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=boo
ks&qid=1268366065&sr=1-12 )

It's Alive: The Coming Convergence of


Information, Biology, and Business by
Christopher Meyer and Stan Davis
(http://www.amazon.com/Its-Alive-Convergence-
Information-
Business/dp/1400046416/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=book
s&qid=1268366347&sr=1-1)
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Blur: The Speed of Change in the Connected


Economy by Stan Davis and Christopher Meyer
(http://www.amazon.com/Blur-Speed-Change-
Connected-
Economy/dp/0446675334/ref=sr_1_22?ie=UTF8&s=book
s&qid=1268366208&sr=1-22 )

Future Wealth by Stanley M. Davis and


Christopher Meyer (http://www.amazon.com/Future-
Wealth-Stanley-M-
Davis/dp/1578511941/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&q
id=1268366424&sr=1-1 )

The Intelligent Universe: AI, ET, and the


Emerging Mind of the Cosmos by James N. Gardner
and Ray Kurzweil
(http://www.amazon.com/Intelligent-Universe-
Emerging-Mind-
Cosmos/dp/1564149196/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&
qid=1268366513&sr=1-6 )

Seeing What's Next: Using Theories of Innovation


to Predict Industry Change by Clayton M.
Christensen, Erik A. Roth, and Scott D. Anthony
(http://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Whats-Next-
Theories-
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Innovation/dp/1591391857/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=bo
oks&qid=1268366646&sr=1-1 )

Our Final Hour: A Scientist's Warning by Martin


J. Rees (http://www.amazon.com/Our-Final-Hour-
Scientists-
Warning/dp/0465068634/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books
&qid=1268366726&sr=1-1 )

Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations Will


Transform Business in the 21st Century by James
Canton (http://www.amazon.com/Technofutures-
Leading-Edge-Innovations-Transform-
Business/dp/0976108100/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=book
s&qid=1268366802&sr=1-3 )

The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will


Reshape the World in the Next 20 Years by James
Canton (http://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Future-
Trends-Reshape-
World/dp/B001OMHSWQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&q
id=1268366802&sr=1-1 )

Futuring: The Exploration of the Future by


Edward Cornish (http://www.amazon.com/Futuring-
Exploration-Future-Edward-
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Cornish/dp/0930242610/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books
&qid=1268366927&sr=1-1 )

PS: All quotations not otherwise cited are from


the interviews conducted by the author or
personal communications sent to the author.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mr. Andres Agostini is - first and foremost -


a Global Independent Professional Contractor and
a Member of the Advisory Board of ACC Group
Worldwide (New York, Miami, London). He is also
Executive Associate for Global Markets at Omega
Systems Group Incorporated (Arlington, Virginia,
USA). He has 30 years of applied,
professional/empirical experience. He has two
majors on insurance management in the U.S., took
"Mechanical Engineering Technology" in Dawson
College (Montreal, Canada), as well as
Linguistics courses in Queen's University and
Saint Lawrence College (both at Kingston,
Ontario, Canada).

Through his professional life and beyond upper


education, he became engaged in being
indoctrinated by the most prominent global
organizations, out of the U.S. and the U.K.,
into: a) Management, b) Risk Management, c)
Group Employee Benefits, d) Insurance, e)
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Reinsurance and many other subject matter


dealing with transformation of: 1)
Organizations, 2) Management, 3) Leadership, 4)
Business, 5) Scenario Method, 6) Systems
Methodologies, 7) Systems Safety, 8) Systems
Security, 9) Systems Reliability and 10)
Professional Futurology.

Beyond implementation of methodologies such as


Total Quality Assurance, Kaisen (including the
Toyota Production System «TPS»), Lean
Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Reliability
Engineering and other Multidimensional
approaches, he is the founder and sole
proprietor of the methodology “TRANSFORMATIVE
AND INTEGRATIVE RISK MANAGEMENT,” based on
Systems Methodology, designed by Andres Agostini
in 2005.

Mr. Agostini is passionate about (a) the FUTURE,


(b) Applied Omniscience Activist,(c) Not
“insurance-based” Transformative and Integrative
Risk Management,(d)Mind Expansionist
Practitioner. I enjoy teaching a great deal!

AN IDEA WORTH SPREADING AS PER MR. AGOSTINI! We


can all attempt the best to tackle so many
global crises. Those concern me. However, there
is one global crisis that TAKES PRECEDENT AND
TUTELAGE FROM ANY OTHER CRISIS.
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I’M REFERRING TO THE EXTREMELY GRAVE AND


UNIVERSAL, EXISTENTIAL RISK CONCERNING
SYSTEMATIC VIOLATIONS AGAINST MORALITY,
PRINCIPLES, VALUES, AND ETHICS. I’ve given this
life-to-death humankind challenge a womb-to-tomb
reflections for a number of years.

In the mean time, disruption potential and its


corresponding vulnerabilities are staggeringly
compounding into an immeasurable defiance to
Earth in its totality. Ethics AND serious rule
of law AND true justice AND zero calamities
equal some viable chances as we grasp the
convergence of technologies with the omniscience
perspective.

In fact, with a “tsunami” of new knowledge and


novel skills we might have a change of
prosperity. We must all remember that all
“PROBLEMS” are because of ignorance, especially
that ignorance deployed by those supposed to
have empowered minds that in actuality worship
their preferred path: own supine ignorance in
extremis!

TALK TO ME ABOUT! We must embrace (i) science


and technology, (ii) unconventional thinking in
excelsis, (iii) morality and ethics, (iv)
civics, justice, and rigorous law ruling, as
well as compassion, humanity and really enforced
harmony and peace.
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“PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT I'M GOOD AT” AS THIS


QUESTION WAS ORIGINALLY REFERRED TO ME AT
TED.COM! People don’t know that I’m extremely
good at -with the Omniscience perspective -
seeing existential problems/fixes way in advance
and decisively, and solving extremely complex
difficulties that require maximum precision.

MY TED STORY! I’ve had and still have the


pleasure to be hired by customers and operate
with partners before the most daring and
pressing situations. Fortunately, educated in
the USA, Canada, and Great Britain in academia
and chiefly in profession.

I have a unique way of seeing problems and their


solving. Luckily and very much to my advantage,
I have worked in many tenures and for a whole
array of disparate industries.

Subsequently, I feel quite comfortable in


dealing with a gamut of business issues,
including some undertaken by some supranational
organizations as the World Bank and special
agencies like or related to or aspiring to
instituting best practices by NASA.

I am always ready to take on an even more


stringent challenge every time. I never advise
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to make crises wait when there is so much


learning to capture in solving said crises.

I don’t only do a great deal of researching,


experimenting/testing. But I, too, do huge
studying and studying present “evidence
falsifying” (a là Sir Karl Popper)to walk
several steps forward towards the optimum
omniscience repository applicable by me and via
others.

I can go from huge structuralism to highly


amorphous and a combination of those two without
losing consistency, congruency, sense of
direction, ambient/environment awareness and
efficacy.

He has addressed major advisory services to top


executives from Fortune-1000 corporations. Some
of its clients include, World Bank, GE, GMAC,
Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Abbot Laboratories.

MY MOST SUCCINCT BIO at


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4tNFnLjDyQ

1.-MY EXTENDED PROFESSIONAL PROFILE at


http://www.cybercv.blogspot.com/www.linkedin.com
/in/andresagostini
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2.- MY PERSONALITY TYPE at


http://www.slideshare.net/andresagostini/1-
1601247

3.- WORKS, RESOURCES, TESTIMONIALS, AND


REFERENCES at
http://www.ECADEMY.com/account.php?id=408933

4.- IMPORTANT CONTACTS AND WORK PERFORMED at


http://www.PLAXO.com/directory/profile/201864946
128/463c7d64/High-Tech/High-Tech+Visionary

5.-IMPORTANT RESOURCES at

http://www.slideshare.net/andresagostini

http://bigthink.com/wwwagostiniworksblogspotcom/

http://www.docstoc.com/profile/omnisciczar

http://www.ted.com/profiles/view/id/231424

6.- LEADERSHIP FORUM WITH U.S. MILITARY AND LAW


ENFORCEMENT PRACTITIONERS at
http://www.leadership-online.blogspot.com/

7.- ORGANIZATIONS I HAVE EXTENSIVELY WORKED WITH


at http://www.slideshare.net/guest45906/andys-
andres-agostinis-clients-arlington-virginia-usa-
presentation
79

8.-A NASA SCIENTIST ASSESSES AND HIRES ANDRES


http://www.slideshare.net/andresagostini/omega-
evaluates-andres-agostinis-traits

9.- SOME CONTACTS AND MY REPUTATION OVER THE WEB


AT
http://www.yasni.com/index.php?action=webprofile
and update

10.- "TRANSFORMATIVE AND INTEGRATIVE RISK


MANAGEMENT" (MY OWN METHOD) AT
http://www.slideshare.net/andresagostini/1-
2489096

11.- APPLIED OMNISCIENCE DEFINED BY ANDRES


AGOSTINI AT www.slideshare.net/andresagostini/1-
2094865

12.- MY LINES OF PRACTICES


www.slideshare.net/andresagostini/1-2524521

13.- ORGANIZATIONS I HAVE WORKED EXTENSIVELY


WITHwww.slideshare.net/andresagostini/1-1898282

14. - IS ANDRES AN ACADEMICIAN GIVEN THE GOGGLE


SCHOLAR PUBLICATION AT?
http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=%22andres+ag
ostini%22&hl=en&btnG=Search&as_sdt=2001&as_sdtp=
on
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15.- AT XING at
https://www.xing.com/profile/Andres_Agostini

Andres can operate as a coach, consultant,


indoctrinator, trainer, and adviser, as well as
a transformational manager!

Arlington, Virginia 22202, USA + The World + The


Multiverse (sic)