So what does the future hold for us then? Driverless cars are only the start. What else lies ahead for us? Are you an optimist who looks forward to such things or someone who thinks it will end up as some sort of hell on earth? Personally I look forward to new technology with the only regret that at 70 years old I am going to miss the best of it all. Yes there will be snags but I am confident that whatever the scientist come up with wwe will manage and so make the best of it all.
"....the only regret that at 70 years old I am going to miss the best of it all."
I think you're absolutely right. The future will bring huge advances in technology and medical knowledge particularly, but in most other fields as well. If you look at the way the sum of human knowledge has advanced in the last thirty or forty years you realise how astonishing the rate of progress is now, compared to say, 100 years ago.
We are going to see even more remarkable advances coming. Fifty years from now, technology will have transformed the lives of everyone alive then beyond our present understanding.
Huge advances in medical knowledge will only exacerbate the fundamental issue which is that the human population has been too successful and is in danger of outgrowing the planet's ability to support it.
"the human population has been too successful and is in danger of outgrowing the planet's ability to support it."
That's not even vaguely true. The problem is not that the human race has become too successful - exactly the opposite is true - we haven't become successful enough. We have a long way to go in terms of understanding how our planet works, but we'll get there.
The planet can easily support us all, provided we learn how to manage natural resources properly. We haven't done that yet.