I used to be a member of youth politics. I have always had a mix of libertarian and European conservative opinions. A few years ago I dropped out of politics. It no longer interested me.
The reason? I wanted to take part in shaping the future. The future has always interested me a great deal. It is a place where dreams can come true. It all depends on our level of ambition. We have a choice and choices are always interesting.
So I want to be in a position where I can be part of the biggest change. And then I realised that place is no longer politics. It is instead technology and private initiatives.
Politics have quite naturally become a system of reaction rather than initiation. In many ways that is actually a good thing. Political revolution can be dangerous, and a more stable political landscape is in no way a bad thing.
The new danger though, is in the power of technology. The chains have been broken and no one seems to be able to stop it anymore. I’m not sure what to think of that. It might become disastrous in the future but in the next 100 years I believe it will do only good for humankind.
I have invested my time and focus on technology and my dream is to be part of the positive change that is possible through areas such as green tech, alternative energy, the internet and robotics.
There are so many cool things going on that will really change the way we live. Some of them seem utopian, and might turn out to be, but here is a small list of things I think will really move things forward:
- Floating Cities The ideology behind them is genius and all political. A great example of how idea-driven technology is stronger than politics.
- Bitcoin Generally the idea of an open source and 100% digital trust-system. Purpose = money, contracts, stocks… basically every trust-needed interaction you can think of.
- Tesla pushing electric cars to the market. So all right: They might not be cleaner or better at first. And actually the cars don't really matter that much. It is the battery plants that, if we are lucky, will revolutionize energy. The biggest problem for renewable energy is that we can't effectively store the energy produced. And if Tesla can change that the world will change.
So basically I think the role of politics will be smaller in shaping the 21th century than it was shaping the 20th century. Involvement in technology seems like a better path. Idea driven (or politically driven) technology projects are creating lasting impacts right now.
And we can all be part of that.