On Monday 6th October the Institute for the Future’s forecasting game, Superstruct begins. I had to read the FAQ to find out what the game actually involves as everything else is so EXCITED that the actual mechanics are a bit lost.
There’s a “scenario” although it doesn’t seem much like a scenario to me. It describes five potential “superthreats” to the survival of the human race but doesn’t describe what the world is like in 2019, which is when the game is set.
Playing the game involves describing life in 2019:
Superstruct is played on forums, blogs, videos, wikis, and other familiar online spaces. We show you the world as it might look in 2019. You show us what it’s like to live there. Bring what you know and who you know, and we’ll all figure out how to make 2019 a world we want to live in.
It’s a fantastic idea which should (a) help create a plethora of vivid descriptions of what life could be like in ten years and (b) get people into the mindset of thinking about our futures.
So it’s a shame things aren’t clearer. Is there a standard scenario in which everyone will write their own stories? Or are people coming up with their own visions of 2019? Based on what? And what do those five “superthreats”, which could cause human extinction around 2040 to 2050, have to do with all this?
Hopefully all will become clear from Monday.