I’ve always associated the term “forecast” with the weather. Coming from the Midwest, I am culturally inclined to a near obsession with the weather. Few places have unchangeable weather, and living someplace where a tornado, a blizzard, a scorching heat wave or some other short or long term event can come slamming down on top of you makes you a bit skeptical of anyone’s ability to tell the future. Granted, in the area of meteorology, science is improving, but sometimes it pays to just step outside for minute and look at the sky.
- E-commerce would put retail completely out of business….and yet Amazon is set to open a storefront in Manhattan.
- The freedom of thought and exchange of ideas would change the world into a more liberal and democratic place….and yet the most populous nation on the planet also has one of the most comprehensive Internet censorship machines imaginable.
- Location would become irrelevant – the world would become “flat”…and yet both Amazon and Google are in sharp competition to get any goods ordered from them through that last mile to the customer, wherever they are, as quickly as possible.