In his keynote presentation at Convergence08, forecaster Paul Saffo said,
"Those who think the farthest win...What is going on today is that there is a sort of race. You know how there are two types of fools, one who says 'this is old and therefore good,' and the other who says 'this is new and therefore better.' They are saying it is a race between those who love technology and those who hate technology. I think the race today for civilization is a race between people who think the farthest."