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Hassan Syed

Executive Director (Resources), Twycross Zoo, United Kingdom

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Do you believe that our future is bright, if yes, why and if not, why not?

While looking at the trends like human health, access to knowledge, access to technology, technology growth, etc., we start believing that our future is going to be very good. On the other hand, looking at the trends like destruction of nature, speed at with we are consuming natural and environmental resources, explosion of human population, carbon in the air and climate change, etc., we think that really difficult times are ahead of us.

I am interested in knowing the sources of optimism and causes of pessimism in us.

Just to be clear, "our" means humankind :-)

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  • Oct 12 2012: Only problem is, one robot would replace 5 workers. And one worker would likely design and maintain 100 robots. Nice work if you can get it! The workers, while freed up to play or create or whatever, still need to meet survival needs (food, lodging etc.) So unless we make it so we work much less, we will become slaves to our technology. I am all for meditation, etc. Do it daily. Hard to meditate when your stomach is growling. I wholeheartedly agree with what you are saying, don't get me wrong. Its just that we would likely have to get rid of the monetary system, like they did in Star Trek, Next Gen. There, people worked to improve themselves rather than competing for resources and money. Nice dream, a long way off. Besides, many people define themselves by their work; being out of work makes them feel a bit worthless. So, unless society creates activities to engage people, we will have millions of people, hungry, sitting around, feeling worthless, resentful against technology. Not a good combination. We would need a new challenge, like populating Mars. Sign me up!

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