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If you’re feeling a little pessimistic about the world, watch this video. Trust me, you’ll feel better.
The Future is Ours from Michael Marantz on Vimeo.
Please forgive me- I usually have better self-control than this, and I know it’s totally childish, but I just can’t seem to help myself this time…
Thanks, I needed that. After 5 weeks holiday and not following the news of the world (well not much) the last week of catching up had left me feeling a little pessimistic. I really needed a little optimism.
This is a perspective I’ve been gaining over the past few months. I’ve been buying into the whole “world is going to hell in a handbasket” rhetoric for most of my life. My parents are both conservatives and my Dad is a follower of the Monkey King, so it’s always been hard to keep positive. More recently, the more I learn about the reality of things I’m now becoming less vulnerable to all the fear-mongering and lies.
When I started learning about reality, I honestly expected to become more and more depressed by the directions the world was going, but I was totally surprised when the opposite happened. I realized that, worldwide, people are more free than ever. There is less war, overall, than ever before. People are more accepting of those who are different than them. Our ability to increase the quality and length of peoples lives is absolutely amazing.
I still wouldn’t call myself an optimist, but I definitely have more hope for the future than I ever could have imagined I would, even just 3 months ago.
I thought this was a tralier for a movie/doco. Son I am disappointed.
Especially nice to see advancements in robots… that are already replacing us at the advanced pace 🙂
I know, I know. I’ll leave.
I’d feel better about it if it didn’t twice quote Ronald Reagan, the epitome of the worst in the past, the man who tore the solar panels off the White House.
I was thinking almost the same thing! He says the future doesn’t belong to the faint hearted, but to the brave. I disagree, the future belongs to EVERYONE, the meek and the bold alike.
Beowulf’s Dragon: “find a pot of gold and sit on it.”
According to the clip, that’s how we’re gonna move forward into the future. Find your purpose, namely some idea or something greater than oneself. True
Assuming we aren’t dragged back to the Dark Ages by one god botherer or another.
I’m so sick of hearing from my mom (as I have been all my life) that we’re living in the end times. Tensions in the middle east are a sign. Supposedly bigger disasters than ever before are a sign. Declining morals like gay marriage and abortion are a sign. And she has a feeling that God is going to judge the U.S. particularly harshly. You have been warned.
This makes me feel better.
Meanwhile, a reality check: Peter Thiel in his recent debate with George Gilder argues that we live in a technologically and scientifically stagnant era in many ways, except for computing. Many areas of engineering face so many restrictions now that they have become effectively illegal. And that would explain why the 21st Century just doesn’t look that “futuristic” compared with the last century’s visions of it in science fiction and futurology.
American culture has propagandized itself with doomsday beliefs at least since the 1960’s. We have allegedly “scientific” apocalypses promoted by neo-Malthusians and environmentalists like Paul Ehrlich and Al Gore; economic apocalypses promoted by cranks like Alex Jones, Gerald Celente and “Austrian economists” (who give bad financial advice, BTW); religious apocalypses promoted by Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye, Harold Camping, John Hagee and all the lesser known fundamentalist or evangelical pastors out there who now have pulpits in America’s suburbs and preach about how we’ve reached the “end times”: and singularitarian apocalypses (which sound increasingly ridiculous to me) promoted by internet celebrities like Ray Kurzweil, Hugo de Garis and Eliezer Yudkowsky.
Apparently people just resist the implications of the Copernican Principle when it comes to their place in history: The odds favor that we live in a time when nothing extraordinary will happen. For example, I tell christians who believe that they’ll get raptured any time now, instead of dying according to the way of all flesh, that they’ve placed a bet against the actuarial tables. Which has a better track record for predicting people’s futures?
Peter Thiel is the guy who wants to build a floating island with no regulations for him and his fellow Randians. Peter Thiel and reality check are not words that belong together.
The odds are also that the now living generation will see more change in their lifetime than any previous generation.
No, what I got from that is the future belongs to the rich and powerful. Do you think that the ordinary man is going to be able to afford a robot? No, the ordinary man is going to be REPLACED by robots (already is in some jobs) and the gap between the poor and rich will get larger.
there is no god I promise you 😛
What we can do: is drop to bin whole financial system as 1st(is 100 years old.. we deserve something better-and it was created to put people in debt from day 1..) ONLY poker chips human kind have is Intellectual and technological progress .
so financial system is the key to understand a world we live in now… eating rest of our resources,fighting and killing for it etc..
no gods or politicians gone save anyone.. they dont CARE..
politicians serve money and power just like religious leaders.. is time to WAKE UP
PS:and yea Regan in this intro video , not the best representative on any circumstances