And that’s only a few of the versions. Should have something final by the end of the week.
There might be a few readers of Brainmail out there that remember Jasper, the dog that jumped out of the upstairs window and so much else besides. Sadly he died on Friday. A great friend who will be truly missed.
I’m loving this…a little experiment for something I’m doing with London Business School. Why didn’t I do this before?!?
Animated map experiment.
OK, so the US election. I can think of three broad scenarios.
1. Biden wins by a significant margin. The US economy crashes in late 2020, but eventually recovers. Everyone blames Trump, who moans for a bit and then either ends up in prison or goes bankrupt (again). Or maybe not (ex-Presidents generally don’t go to jail in the US). In this scenario, it’s more or less business as usual, largely because people can’t face any more upheaval, change or uncertainty.
There’s a spin on this, of course, which is that Trump says the election has been unfair and simply refuses to step down or he just leaves without a fuss (not really in his character).
2. Trump wins by a significant margin. The US economy crashes, the president goes rogue and possibly starts a war, most likely with China, in a hopeless attempt to regain domestic support. The war probably starts with an argument about Taiwan, Tibet , Hong Kong or the South China Seas. Whether there’s a war or not, the outcome of a second Trump term would most likely lead to chaos and social upheaval on a scale not seen since ’68. It would represent an ongoing victory for popularism and would certainly be exhausting mentally.
3. The election is too close to call (possibly because it’s been hacked again by Russia). It’s a re-run of the 2000 election with things ending up in the US Supreme Court. If Biden then wins things could turn really nasty for a while, but one suspects sanity would eventually prevail. If Trump wins, and especially if he wins having not won the popular vote, things could really turn weird and unstable, although one suspects that the US would not be alone in clinging onto democracy by a thread. This (what’s percieved as being a stolen election) would be the worse possible outcome in a sense, because it would give a giant thumbs up to every dictator around (notably Russia, China, Hungary, Turkey etc.) and question the role of democracy. If you can’t run a free election in the US, where can you run one?
I thought it was just me. I don’t believe in ghosts, although I’ve seen two. I put it down to my mind playing tricks. But something else has started to happen recently. Household objects are disappearing. First a set of keys, then a debit card and most recently a pair of glasses. The glasses are the weirdst. I was reading outside and placed them next to me. I then moved inside, about twenty feet. Then I got up and they were gone. Neither inside or out. I’ve turned the house upside down, but no sign. I’ve also caught brief glimpses of people that aren’t there.
An explanation? I don’t have one.
New map from Imperial Tech Foresight.
Some interesting work from Shell just out looking at different paths out of Covid. Link.
Now, what if you crossed Shell’s work with the TNK scenarios done by myself and Oliver Freeman? I may follow up on this as i think there’s some mileage in this set of scenarios.
What do you know, a new map!