One of the unique opportunities I have comes from the nature of how I do my job. As a believer in both the incredible ingenuity of humans and the cyclical nature of the universe, I recognize the importance of history in everything technological. Where something came from will tell you more about what something is, than mere examination alone. Numerous times in our history, a random crossing of paths, or a coincidental set of circumstances, led to major leaps and bounds in our technological mastery of the world. By understanding these past "alignment of the stars" I can better see when such things are happening again.
This is the most difficult part of what I do. In many ways, I am asked to predict the future. And with a rather high degree of success, I do. However, there is a serious caveat to my abilities. Unlike Nostradamus, I don't use magic. My ability to predict certain scenario outcomes is based on my ability to absorb, manipulate and recall massive amounts of information in my head. Although I use huge computational equipment for my work, the ability to connect distant dots of information that are relevant to enormously complex inter-relational concepts occurs in my head as moments of inspiration. These inspirations allow me to see trends and momentum that, when combined with historical perspective, existing conditions and massive amounts of raw data, lead to a peak of probability outcomes.
It is these peaks that are the future.