In the conceptual utopian world, farms will emulate natural ecosystems, rivers will run clean, fish, wildlife, and oceans will be stabilising. Is it possible to have such a world? In the utopian world, we think that man will have no enmity or competition with nature. We see in the future world abolition of cultural, racial and gender-based prejudices. Only utopian visionaries believe that such future projections are possible.
Dystopian visionaries, on the other hand, see only disaster. In their disastrous world, life and nature will be recklessly exploited and eventually destroyed. In this world artificial intelligence, rather than native intelligence, will govern all our activities. We will be the slaves of technology, and as a result, we will completely lose the freedom of our mind. Extreme visionaries are well meaning and we also know that they are as unreal as excessive optimists are.
Applied hopefuls believe, if things are not working right, it isn’t the end yet. They don’t leave the job in-between; they continue working on it until a satisfactory solution is found. In the world of applied hopefuls mere optimism is not enough. The practitioners of applied hope are not mere theorists. They understand subtle difference between hope and hype. They promise only what they can deliver. Applied hope requires sizzle in the brain and fire in the belly. Applied hopefuls are not afraid to create or face the astonishing world of ‘collective intelligence’. Applied hopefuls are adaptationists. An adaptationist can extend or contract as the situation demands. An adaptationist knows how to manage situations when extrapolations fail.