Matt Ridley at TED – The Rational Optimist

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Matt Ridley (The Rational Optimist) made a brilliant speech at this weeks’ TEDGlobal in Oxford. The essence of his thinking was twofold.

First, ideas need to combine (“have sex”) to really create great innovation – and the human race has proven to be brilliant at that. And, second, and related to the first point, we should be optimistic not pessimistic about the future, as there is no reason this innovation will not happen (for the good) for a very long time …

So the collaborative spirit of the human race will continue to drive us ever upwards, despite the hiccups, conflicts, legalisms and the rest. Personally, I have always been a bit of a pessimist – always seems to happen to me (even my Mac died at TED;-). But, socially we should all be optimists.

Here is his talk:

And here’s a link to the original on the TED website.