In the book titled What the Future and Why It's up To Us by Tim O'Reilly there is a line as follows:

How can we all become better at mapping future trends?

Here a keyword in this sentence is the verb "mapping". What does it mean by "mapping future trends"?

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This is possibly the oldest sense of the word mapping there is, just it's used figuratively here.

When one explores land and makes a map of it, that is mapping.

Thus mapping future trends is looking at the metaphorical "lay of the land" and working out what's going where - making a map (prediction) of future trends.

  • But how can one be better at making a map(even of future trends)? I think one can most likely be better after making a map(to do something rather than just painting the picture). Feb 25, 2019 at 0:57
  • It means that we become better at making predictions.
    – SamBC
    Feb 25, 2019 at 0:59

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