What are you optimistic about? Why?

Different to all the New Years resolutions and reviews of 2006 is The Edge “World Question”, What are you optimistic about? Why? 

John Brockman again pulls together an eclectic group of academics, thinkers, tech gurus, etc. – often called the “digerati”:

“Who are the “digerati” and why are they “the cyber elite”? They are the doers, thinkers, and writers who have tremendous influence on the emerging communication revolution. They are not on the frontier, they are the frontier.

Ray Kurzweil, Brian Eno, Jason Calacanis, Esther Dyson, Chris Anderson, – My sort of people!

The 160 responses to the question include many refences to sustainability and preserving the planet, with a few obliquely commenting on transport (I particularly liked the return of commercial sail by George Dyson, for example).

“Fantastically stimulating…It’s like the crack cocaine of the thinking world…. Once you start, you can’t stop thinking about that question.”
— BBC Radio 4

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