Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Pangloss vs. Cassandra
I'm a big fan of The Long Now - consistently one of the most interesting organisations thinking about the future. They run a series of talks and debates, and this one is the best so far: historian Niall Ferguson (in the role of Cassandra, as if you couldn't guess) and futurist Peter Schwartz (very definitely a Panglossian optimist).
Seriously smart, entertaining and thought provoking stuff: especially Ferguson about the very nasty challenges facing China (not including the recent earthquake).
More of the same at FORA.tv (YouTube for grown ups ;-)