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Posts Tagged ‘humanity’

An Optimist’s Tour of the Future: Inspiring and funny look at the evidence for a bright future

An Optimist’s Tour of the Future: Inspiring and funny look at the evidence for a bright future

Mark Stevenson's An Optimist's Tour of the Future is a hilarious and inspiring romp through some of the most promising directions in technology -- from permaculture success stories in Australia who are beating the drought and sequestering carbon to nanotechnology boosters who are showing off successful prototypes for effective energy [...]

Matt Ridley’s talk at Long Now: “The story of history is of more for less”

Matt Ridley’s talk at Long Now: “The story of history is of more for less”

Here's Stewart Brand's recap of science author Matt Ridley's (The Rational Optimist, Genome, The Red Queen) talk at the Long Now's Seminar About Long-term Thinking in San Francisco on Tuesday. Hominids had upright walking, stone tools, fire, even language but still remained in profound stasis. What led to humanity's global takeoff, Ridley [...]