This is the second of the detailed thought experiments posts following the more general introduction 6 Thought Experiments to Inspire Innovation which is where you will want to start if you haven't read it yet.
Last time, we looked at the Model of Excellence method. Here, we are digging deeper into the Time Machine.
Have you seen the time travel comedy skit featuring identical twins?
What if time travel was a real thing in an alternate universe? After all, quantum mechanics says it is possible.
Here is a way to play with that concept to generate possibilities:
First, think of some ability or accomplishment you have now that 5 or 10 years ago, you wouldn't have even imagined.
In your imagination, travel back in time and share that information with the "past you". How does the "past you" react? Maybe deer-in-the-headlights? How would the reply sound as you shared this? How would he or she feel about learning of the future self's abilities or accomplishments?
Now, keeping this in mind, return fully to the present. Shake it off.
Imagine you are getting in your time machine again, but this time travelling to the future, looking back on your present self - seeing and hearing your present self similarly to how you experienced your past self.
As your future self, imagine travelling back in time to the present (confusing, I know) telling your present (now, past) self about something you now do or have in this future time that your present self responds to in the same way.
What would that be?