Recently John Brockman asked me to contribute to the Edge year-end question. This puts me in good company (and boy do I feel like the minor contributor in this group, including Dawkins and so many others)
This year, the question positited to us was: "What are you optimistic about? Why?" As part of the invitation to participate, he asked that we should try to write about something that isn't normally associated with us, if we liked.
My essay, titled "Widely Available, Constantly Renewing, High Resolution Images of the Earth Will End Conflict and Ecological Devastation As We Know It" is pretty optimistic and is only tangentially related to open source.
It is probably one of the more political things I've written in a long time. Long time readers and friends will know I don't like to mix my personal politics into my work at Google and with Open Source, but I enjoyed writing this. Please read and tell me your thoughts.