I am hopefull our future will resemble that of Trek. I am NOT talking about the technology (although that would be nice), but the maturity of the human race. I hope we will one day set aside our various beliefs and come together as a united planet. I know that sounds rather hippie-ish (which I am NOT!!!), but our lives would be so much better if it really happened. I think first contact with sentient alien life is only a matter of time. That very well may be what spurs us to come together.
Do people watch sci-fi movies because they think that is what our future will be like? Man, think of all thos Matrix fans!! I don't want to end up a battery!
To secure the peace is to prepare for war. -Metallica