By now every­one knows that Sir Arthur C Clarke recently passed away — a truly sad event. How­ever, you may not have watched his ‘final mes­sage to earth’.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies are nec­es­sary, but not suf­fi­cient, for us humans to get along with each other. This is why we still have many dis­putes and con­flicts in the world. Tech­nol­ogy tools help us to gather and dis­sem­i­nate infor­ma­tion, but we also need qual­i­ties like tol­er­ance and com­pas­sion to achieve greater under­stand­ing between peo­ples and nations.

I have great faith in opti­mism as a guid­ing prin­ci­ple, if only because it offers us the oppor­tu­nity of cre­at­ing a self-fulfilling prophecy. So I hope we’ve learnt some­thing from the most bar­baric cen­tury in his­tory – the 20th. I would like to see us over­come our tribal divi­sions and begin to think and act as if we were one fam­ily. That would be real globalisation…

He con­tin­ued his com­mu­niqué with three final wishes, the sec­ond of which was:

I would like to see us kick our cur­rent addic­tion to oil, and adopt clean energy sources. For over a decade, I’ve been mon­i­tor­ing var­i­ous new energy exper­i­ments, but they have yet to pro­duce com­mer­cial scale results. Cli­mate change has now added a new sense of urgency. Our civil­i­sa­tion depends on energy, but we can’t allow oil and coal to slowly bake our planet…

via Wired Sci­ence