Attenborough, Gates and the battle between pessimism and optimism

Are we in the best of times? Or the end of times?

One of the oddities of the current era is that extreme pessimism about the world coexists with extreme optimism - and both have a plausible case to make.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2019, with the headline 'Attenborough, Gates and the battle between pessimism and optimism'. Print Edition | Subscribe