While science and technology continue to develop in the future, people will delegate more and more decision making to machines. Even now military systems already feature electronic sensors responsible for maintaining the required flight characteristics in advanced planes. The present day computers can handle over five hundred trillion bits of information per second. The technology level of today's civilization is so advanced that human systems depend on the use of electronic computers. Modern computers are primitive versions of those that will operate in the future. In the long run the social systems will require the use of electronic sensors interconnected with all the spheres of the social life reducing the need for politics to minimum.
Even now contemporary industrial plants and factories feature built in automatic inventory systems designed to order materials and a range of mechanical replacements well in advance.
People do believe that achieving a society where people would be able to live healthier, longer and more productive lives is a realistic goal. People in this society will measure success by the fulfillment of oneís individual dreams and pursuits rather than the accumulation of wealth and power. Even though many of the concepts mentioned above may seem unattainable objectives, all they are based on proved scientific principles.
The expected social improvement has no analogs in history and canít be compared to any other political ideology or economic strategy of the past. This new civilization will require changing many of the established traditions, values, and beliefs.
The history lacks national leaders or politicians who would propose a comprehensive plan how to change the lives of people for better. Such philosophers and thinkers as Plato, Howard Scott, Edward Bellamy, Karl Marx and H.G. Wells tried to shape a new civilization, but all of them were considered impractical dreamers with Utopian ideas.
In his book "Looking Backward" (1898), Edward Bellamy described an ideal egalitarian society based on advanced ideas for its time. This book evoked a great interest having become a real bestseller. Many people wanted to know how to build such cooperative Utopian society but Bellamy failed to offer implementation methods.
The proposals Bellamy presented, as well as those of Plato, Karl Marx, H. G. Wells and many others are attempts to find feasible solutions to many vexing problems of that time. However all these ideas lacked practical methods necessary to transform the appealing concept into reality. Unfortunately all ideas about creating a better world had nothing to do with the changes in human attitudes and technology, as well as lacked a comprehensive set of methods for implementation. Finally, there were no competent individuals to push the change.
Today the definition of a better world sounds like: to constantly upgrade existing technologies to enhance the quality of the human life and protect the environment. Now we boast the technology that surpasses the most ambitious dreams of all social innovators who lived in the previous centuries. So the present day world has all the opportunities to solve many of its problems by applying technology in a humane way.
The technology we use today, including computers, cellular phones, the Internet, cars, airplanes are the result of constant improvement and innovation. Yet our social system and human beliefs remain mostly unchanged. Any innovation or upgrade requires change. Any social change threatens the established mode of life. But the entire history of civilization can be viewed as a great experiment. The American free-enterprise system also has been an experiment that turned out to be successful. One of the greatest social experiments in history, it ensures diversity of lifestyles and individual freedoms, driving innovations and overall progress in general. So it is necessary that we continue the process of social improvement to enhance the lives of everyone. However, the improvement of any social system depends on the ability of the society to bring about change. The methods we use to implement the change will prove whether or not there is intelligent and humane life on earth.