If This Then That (IFTTT) is a simple, but absolutely fundamental programming principle.
It is also the basis for futurist-thinking such as war-gaming and strategic planning. For example, if North Korea put's a nuke on the launch pad with the targeting at the U.S., then we will do kaboom!
IFTTT is also an app and is used in algorithms such as with Twitter, so when Trump or other famous and powerful people say something on the global social media stage, Wall Street's high-speed, high-frequency trading desks are at the front of the line to respond to market-moving news.
So powerful is IFTTT, you could almost predict the election results from it (the outrageously biased media may want to open their tarnished rose-colored glasses and try it). For example, if you take for granted, forget or neglect working class America, then the great "blue wall" tumbles.
IFTTT also works in politics of all sorts. If you abandon friends and allies and embrace terrorist enemies, then the world order is turned on it's head and the Middle East and beyond burns and rages in turmoil. Similarly, if you are biased between people, races, and political parties, then you polarize the country and create divisiveness and hate and obstruct even the possibility of virtually any progress.
So you really don't have to have a crystal ball to see the writing on the wall for the results of profoundly good moves and the display of stupidity galore.
One final IFTTT before the major transition of power this week: if you talk big, but don't really deliver results (or you deliver lots of bad stuff), then you get seen for being all poetry and no prose, and your legacy goes bye bye. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)