Geez, Cynical Sam. Save some room for me at the compound; I'll bring bullets and beans.
Not that there isn't plenty of depressing stuff going on:
Political gridlock? Can't get enough of that.
US Debt ceiling? Nope, sky is the limit, keep printing money.
Oil? The hell with global warming, we have this swell fracking thing that will let us out-produce Saudi Arabia. Carbon footprints be damned. Come on, what could go wrong?
Oh, Global Warming is just too hard of a problem... we can't do anything about it (assuming it was
(But hey, if you are
worried about the environment, let me tell you about Clean Coal...)
Income disparity? Hmm... could be larger; what could go wrong?
Meanwhile I'll just savor some hope for a bright future (at least parts of it).
It pleases me to see people working on cool long term possibilities like asteroid mining.
Maybe this asteroid / space thing will work out, maybe not.
Maybe the Civilization Starter Kit
will work out, maybe not.
Looks like Khan Academy"
is doing some cool stuff (cool because I see massive education as growing the economic pie).
I see things like these and I think "cool future".
It pleases me that our species can
conceive cool things.
I do kind of hope the space thing gets traction soon. If our civilization tanks (world-war III or whatever), then post-collapse it gets hard to see where the next civilization (if any) would find enough raw materials to get going. Oil kicked in during 1850 when somebody saw it oozing out of the ground
. If our great-great grandparents had to start by drilling miles underwater in the gulf for oil, or maybe invent fracking to pull it off, damn... its hard to see how our current civilization ever could have evolved.
Because of that it is abundantly unclear
to me our species will get a "do-over" if anything serious should go wrong.
Anyway, yeah. I'll check up on the asteroid miners in a few years. Given this successful proof of concept about landing an SUV on Mars
and driving it around, yeah... chasing down a smaller rock just might work.