We like to end each episode with the “Lightning Round”, a series of questions meant to elicit answers off the top of the guests head. The funny thing about this segment is that the questions rarely produce an immediate response. Almost without fail, the first question asked is, “Is there an industry or service that you see becoming obsolete in the next 10 years? In other words, ‘Who is the next Blockbuster?'” At first, we wondered if we should change the questions to make for a more rapid-fire segment. However, after the first few episodes of Future of Living, we realized these questions actually sparked a little more conversation and insight into the guest beyond their area of expertise.
“Who is the next Blockbuster?” quickly started to generate some of our favorite answers and conversations. At the end of season one, we had the idea to create an entire episode featuring answers to just this question.
In this episode, various guests from the past two years talk about the industries, business, and companies they believe are at risk of obsolescence, or at the very least, massive disruption in the next 10 years. From landline phone providers to the auto industry to one very surprising and extremely well thought out and rational answer from Jeff Wood (@theOverheadWire, TW), this episode is a rapid-fire look back.
What’s great about this question is that it actually uncovers our guests’ thoughts about what the future will be like and less about what will cease to exist. Some of these answers are rooted in the guests’ expertise and industry knowledge. Some are simply educated observations, if not also intuitive. We couldn’t think of a better way to close out season 2 of the Future of Living than with this lightning round episode.
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