All these moments will be lost in time: the web, the future, and us

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As web professionals we’re used to hearing about the virtues of shipping fast and iterating regularly in order to meet changing needs, but how do we ensure that the projects that we’re planning now are still as relevant and robust when they launch in the future... and beyond? How do we prepare for the unknowns and constant shifts in technology; what can we do to progress the evolution of the web itself; and how do we, as individuals, ensure that our skills are as relevant as ever in this rapidly changing world?

In this talk we’ll look at past visions of the future, what we can learn from these lessons, and how to apply this in a practical sense to the work that we do.

A written version of this talk is available at: http://www.sallyjenkinson.co.uk/blog/2015/09/26/all-these-moments-will-be-lost-in-time/

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All these moments will be lost in time: the web, the future, and us

  1. ALL THESE MOMENTS WILL BE LOST IN TIME Sally Jenkinson, (R)evolution, 25.09.2015 @sjenkinson | sally@recordssoundthesame.com the web, the future, and us
  2. sally@recordssoundthesame.com | @sjenkinson Digital solutions architect & consultant Records Sound the Same Ltd Sally Jenkinson
  3. DEVELOPER DEVELOPER, MANAGER DEVELOPER, MANAGER, ARCHITECT MANAGER, ARCHITECT, SALES, CONSULTANT 😒 DESIGNER!
  4. DISCOVERY REQUIREMENTS SOLUTIONS RECOMMENDATION & ARCHITECTURE TECHNICAL STRATEGY PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS CONSULTANCY
  5. THE INTERNET OF 2021
  6. youtube.com/watch?v=8p0jmewhXeU
  7. youtube.com/watch?v=8p0jmewhXeU
  8. WHAT CHALLENGES DOES THE FUTURE BRING?
  9. 2015.dconstruct.org
  10. I worked on a project for SSEaaaaaaaa, , looking at digital solution architect , so that we could do some digital and something for the next 5 to 10 years.
  11. What we plan now may not be relevant in the future
  12. Our project
  13. Our users Our business Technology Wildcards Our project
  14. Keeping up vs getting ahead
  15. Technical debt
  16. ‘Digital transformation’
  17. The needs of tomorrow vs
 the realities of today
  18. The wrong decisions, or adopting too soon
  19. Keeping up as individuals
  20. THE FUTURE IS HARD!
  21. THE FUTURE FROM THE PAST
  22. teslamotors.com/blog/hyperloop “ Short of figuring out real teleportation, which would of course be awesome (someone please do this), the only option for super fast travel is to build a tube over or under the ground that contains a special environment. ! This is where things get tricky.
  23. TELLING STORIES
  24. a work kit useful for parceling ideas into their atomic elements
  25. Make It So “ We’ve seen repeatedly that if an interface works for an audience, there’s something there that will work for users. ! Finding what that thing is and using it for inspiration in our own work is part of how we can use these speculative interfaces.
  26. nesta.org.uk • Imagining Technology • Better Made Up - The Mutual Influence of Science Fiction and Innovation • Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: A modest defence of futurology • Quantitative Analysis of Technology Futures
  27. morning.computer/2015/05/the-future-is-a-confidence-trick
  28. USING FUTURE THINKING
  29. Better consider our users’ changing needs. Identify opportunities. Aid prioritisation. Define what the product is and what it will be. More robust decisions - understand limitations and benefits of choices. React quickly/better to change by embracing evolution. Make more exciting things!
  30. THE FUTURE & OUR WORK
  31. User interfaces & interactions Feature-based components & integrations Core digital platform components Core back-end systems
  32. User interfaces & interactions Feature-based components & integrations Core digital platform components Core back-end systems
  33. Submit doStuff()
  34. User interfaces & interactions Feature-based components & integrations Core digital platform components Core back-end systems
  35. User interfaces & interactions Feature-based components & integrations Core digital platform components Core back-end systems
  36. User interfaces & interactions Feature-based components & integrations Core digital platform components Core back-end systems
  37. A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE FUTURE
  38. Discovery & planning Content first Separate content from display Small to large Prioritisation Backlog & roadmap Problems now & of the future Usage patterns, interactions, behaviour Embrace wider trends Learn from the past Don’t be bound by form Create a set of high level principles for the future gist.github.com/greywillfade/366394a1bef07afe27f5
  39. Example principles
  40. Discovery & planning Content first Separate content from display Small to large Prioritisation Backlog & roadmap gist.github.com/greywillfade/366394a1bef07afe27f5 Problems now & of the future Usage patterns, interactions, behaviour Embrace wider trends Learn from the past Don’t be bound by form Create a set of high level principles for the future
  41. A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam ! - Frederik Pohl
  42. Doing Embrace web standards, semantics, open formats Responsive design & progressive enhancement Create incrementally, release often Track & manage change Think atomically Allocate time to improve the past and the future Stories and design thinking (workshops) Lifespan of project components Separation, modularity, loosely- coupled architectures and services gist.github.com/greywillfade/366394a1bef07afe27f5 Embrace automation Document decisions Prototype & test
  43. Evolving Share your experiences Specs & upcoming technologies Use your data Better digital preservation Play more gist.github.com/greywillfade/366394a1bef07afe27f5 Watch more sci-fi!
  44. CUP OF TEA?
  45. @sjenkinson | sally@recordssoundthesame.com | recordssoundthesame.com THANK YOU. ! flickr.com/photos/oflittleinterest/8171299893/ flickr.com/photos/randar/16862053922/ flickr.com/photos/foam/9248390752/ shop.nearfuturelaboratory.com flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn/3461149713/ Warren Ellis by http://www.ellenrogers.co.uk/ flickr.com/photos/tessenwee/2594817260/ ! ! flickr.com/photos/s-t-r-a-n-g-e/8292748067 flickr.com/photos/jiazi/1061447777/

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