It depends on how you look at the future.
An awful lot of people don’t seem to look beyond the weekend.
But some number of folk do try to imagine the world to come, and to my thinking, they tend to fall into two camps.
On one side are the unfettered optimists who usually see technology being the hero on the white horse that rescues the day.
The other camp consists of those who think it’s already “game over” because we’ve fouled our nest beyond repair and human nature is ultimately self-destructive.
Future Perfect, a worthwhile bit of optimism published over at at Grist Â sees the world from the optimist camp. I share some of the author’s understandings of a best-of-all-possible-worlds use of technology. We are capable of solving many of our energy, food, transportation and resource needs. We are smart. But we are not very wise.
The author makes some good points, and some rosy assumptions.
What do you see when you contemplate the world you great-great grandchildren will live in? Can you bring yourself to really, honestly face it, and convert that to action on the ground today?