Zoom and Bloom, Not Doom and Gloom

7 Best-Case Scenarios for the Future of Humanity

Most science fictional and futurist visions of the future tend towards the negative — and for good reason. Our environment is a mess, we have a nasty tendency to misuse technologies, and we’re becoming increasingly capable of destroying ourselves. But civilizational demise is by no means guaranteed. Should we find a way to manage the risks and avoid dystopic outcomes, our far future looks astonishingly bright. Here are seven best-case scenarios for the future of humanity.


Try Changing the Images You Carry Around in Your Mind

No Doomsday

Dr. Ridley’s prediction for the rest of the century:

Prosperity spreads, technology progresses, poverty declines, disease retreats, fecundity falls, happiness increases, violence atrophies, freedom grows, knowledge flourishes, the environment improves and wilderness expands.


Pronoia Says: the Future Is What You Make It

Send a love letter to the future


Expecting the Worst Is Just Another Form of Superstition

The Future Is Going to Be Very Exciting


Our Time Has Come

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink


Just for Fun, Visualize the Best

Imagine: What America Could be in the 21st century by Marianne Williamson