I began advising corporations about technology in 1988.
In 1995, Newsweek called me a software seer. Love that.
I have often seen and described our technosocial future accurately, such as:
In 1988 I wrote a report titled Neural Networks: Prospects for Commercial Use. Today's Large Language Models are their descendants.
The research service I created in 1990 contained most of the elements of the future World Wide Web.
The research service I created in 1991 contained most of the elements of the future iPhone (16 years later).
I described Weblogs in 1995, but called them Zines. Two years later, they were everywhere.
In 1997, I saw that Buddy Lists (Instant Messaging) were the future of the phone interface.
You can browse those stories and more here, in my Brain (see below).
Strategy and Futures
Tech was my start, but I've been immersed in strategy and futures work for ages, including:
1985: Price Waterhouse's Strategic Management Consulting group
1997: various Global Business Network workshops
1998: Virtual CTO at John Kao's Idea Factory
2004-2018: Research Affiliate with the Institute for the Future
All along, I have worked comfortably with corporate clients at organizations including AOL, AT&T Labs, Suncorp, betaworks, Target, Boeing, McKinsey & Co., The Wharton School, Stanley Black & Decker, and the Public Affairs Council.
In the background, first as a form of personal notetaking and later as a way of digesting and mapping the Universe, I've been curating one giant mind map, which is available freely on the Net. You can learn more about it at JerrysBrain.com.