It’s very easy to imagine how things might go wrong, but it’s much harder to imagine how things might go right.
“Futurists” are those who study the future so that the people alive today can make better decisions for tomorrow.
It is impossible to get all of the predictions right. The point of futurism, however, is to envision multiple scenarios in which we can test our decisions so that we are ready for whatever actually occurs.
This video is part of The Progress Issue, a Big Think and Freethink special collaboration.
In this inaugural special issue we set out to explore progress — how it happens, how we nurture it and how we stifle it, and what changes are required in how we approach our most serious problems to ensure greater and more equitable progress for all.