The “rational optimists” say we’re moving in the right direction, and how can you argue against Hans Rosling’s bubble charts or Bill Gates’ multibillion dollar positivism/activism?
This morning the optimism was in high gear. Within about 10 minutes on Twitter we had
— TechnologyWillSaveUs (@techwillsaveus) July 7, 2015
And even better
— Theo Priestley (@ITredux) July 7, 2015
Well thats good news. But there is more.
"The internet of things could save the honeybee from extinction" http://t.co/bJ83HVeniE
— Martin Vittinghoff (@mdm_mav) July 6, 2015
Or how about reforestation?
— Blames Governor (@monkchips) June 19, 2015
Or perhaps we don’t need tech per se, just the power of our imaginations
Could human imagination save us from extinction? | Andrew Simms http://t.co/GuFyidTDOW Including the invitation to respond
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) July 7, 2015
An argument based on empathy doesn’t seem so dumb when we have stuff like this
Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015
But then we live in a society that reveres banks over countries and communities. Optimism or not we’re clearly facing real and substantive challenges and dangers – mass extinction is pretty compelling evidence. Science is not a Cargo Cult, whatever the deniers might claim, though it increasingly looks like a religion in terms of the the faith we put in it. I am in the lucky position of being half-American so I am naturally pretty optimistic, but I am also a European so I believe in resource constraints. We all have a lot of work to do. Technology can’t save us. Only we can do that, by choosing how to use it.