Ambivalence towards future and design

"The best way to invent the future is to predict it"John Perry Barlow - The Future of Prediction (2004), In Marita Sturken, Douglas Thomas, Sandra Ball-Rokeach (Eds). Technological Visions, p. 177.

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it" Alan Kay - Early meeting in 1971 of PARC, Palo Alto Research Center, folks and the Xerox planners

Why do I blog this? ruminating on the ambivalence of common quotes in the technology world. Quite enjoy how the two above intersect in a weird way when pit next to one another. While the first one is more about self-fulfilling prophecy the second is about our capacity (as human) to create our own future.