Editor’s note: I am on vacation for the next two weeks. This week’s “Friday Future 5” will be abbreviated.

Think Big: There is a saying among futurists, “Nuclear fusion is the future of energy–and always will be.” This joke will likely have legs for the next decade or two, but last week’s fusion breakthrough was a BIG deal. If you haven’t spent at least a little time reading up on the news, this article is a good primer.

Think Optimistically: Climate change, the war in Ukraine, long-term threats to democracy, and global inequality are, sadly, all too real. This does not, however, mean that everything in the world is going to hell. This article, Abundance Doesn’t End, is a good reminder that the world is getting better in so many ways.

Think Fast: Last week, I shared an article on ChatGPS. This article, which describes how some biotech labs are using AI to invent new drugs, is yet another reminder that artificial intelligence will change the world in some powerful ways.

Think the Unthinkable: A butcher shop in Singapore is now selling “cultivated” meat. (FYI: “Cultivated” meat is another name for meat which is “grown” in a bioreactor.)

Think: In case you missed it last week, here is my annual article on “predictions” for the coming year. It is sure to give you plenty to think about: Futurist Jack Uldrich’s Predictions for 2023.

Bonus Think–Think Long-Term: While on vacation, I like to take some time to read unconventional articles. This one on perpetual broths that simmer for decades got me thinking about the importance of long-term thinking.

Afterthought: “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.“–Elisabeth Foley