This video interview was just recently made available from an interview I did for the Foundation for the Future at their Humanity and the Biosphere Conference a few years back.
At the conference, scholars from five continents participated in the seminar “Humanity and the Biosphere: The Next Thousand Years,” jointly sponsored and conducted by the Foundation For the Future (Bellevue, Washington USA) and the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences of UNESCO (Paris, France) at UNESCO, September 20–22, 2006, in Paris.
The interview segment is as relevant today as when I first sat down for it.
"The first key about the future of humanity, is that if you look at human behavior in the past in attempts to respond to problems, people tend to muddle through. They really don't get around to solving problems until they have a catastrophe. This is well illustrated by the history of bridges, which tend to fall down when it's well known they're in trouble, but nobody will do anything until they actually fall down. Then they get rebuilt. The first thing I'd say about the next thousand years is that when we come up to a problem, we'll muddle through.
Then next question is, can we maintain the next generation and democracy as we know it. And I believe the key in both cases is abundant energy."
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