Futurist (and transhumanist) Ray Kurzweil in Time maganzine (6 Dec 2010) provided answers to the following questions”
Is it a mistake to use the events of the recent past as a method of predicting the future?
Our intuition about the future is linear. But the reality of information technology is exponential, and that makes a profound difference. If I take 30 steps linearly, I get to 30. If I take 30 steps exponentially, I get to a billion.
What are the dangers of technological innovation?
Technology is a double-edged sword. New technologies can be used for destructive purposes. The answer is to develop rapid-response systems for new dangers like bio-terrroris(m). . . We don’t have to sit back and wait.
How will science affect the religious and ethnic differences in the world?
. . . we are evolving rapidly into a one world culture. It’s certainly one world economy. With billions of people online, I think we’ll appreciate the wisdom in many different traditions as we learn more about them. People were very isolated and didn’t know anything about other religions 100 years ago.
How will our technological progress make us feel about God?
. . . our civilization is going to be vastly more intelligent and more spiritual in the decades ahead. You can argue how we got here, but we are the species that goes beyond our limitations. We didn’t stay on the ground. We didn’t stay on the planet. Our species always transcends.