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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully enlightening, March 13, 2012
This review is from: Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think (Hardcover)
This is one of the most enlightening books I've ever read, giving me a more accurate vision about the almost unbelievable bright future man has on this planet, and, how our minds trick us into feeling otherwise.

Driven by our evolutionary neurobiology, we pay far more attention to the barrage of negative news we receive each day than positive news because the primitive part of our brain (the amygdala) is designed to be on high alert for anything threatening survival. Bad news sells because the amygdala is always looking for something to fear--having a propensity for bad news; and that single psychological element called cognitive bias impacts our view of the world as getting worse; skewing our perspective into such a morose cynicism as to bring some people to question if it's morally responsible to bring a child into such a corrupt, violent and troubled world.

Well, Dr. Peter Diamandis, degreed in molecular biology and aerospace engineering, founder of more than a dozen high tech companies; and Steven Kotler, award-winning science writer; see it far differently as they lay out in compelling cogent detail in their new book, Abundance. In fact, the human condition has become extraordinarily better, and at an exponential rate, as the world has grown far better in the last 50 years than in the previous 500. There are many wonderful hopeful facts that support his view and vision of the wonders to come.

Diamandis and Kotler examine four potent forces that will soon allow us to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet...clean water, food, energy, health care, education and freedom. They are:

1. Exponential Technology: Technologies that are growing at rapid pace like artificial intelligence, robotics, nanomaterials, 3-D printing, synthetic biology, infinite computing, digital manufacturing and numerous other exponentially growing technologies that will enable us to achieve greater gains in the next two decades than we have in the previous two hundred years.

2. The DIY Innovator: DIY (Do It Yourself). Now individuals, small companies, and small groups have access to tools that only large companies and governments once had.

3. The Technophilanthropists: People are getting wealthier younger, creating a new breed of philanthropist. Idealistic people; rather than erecting buildings to themselves, are committed to using their wealth to better the world.

4. The Rising Billions: In 2010 there were 2 billion people on the Internet; in 2020 there will be 5 billion. That's 3 billion more new minds to help us solve our seemingly insurmountable problems.

This book will give you a different perspective of our world and the world to come, coming away with a glimpse of the wonderful possibilities ahead that seem almost inevitable, an infused excitement, and a sense of renewed hope. At the end of the book the authors administer a caveat making us aware that the technologies ahead are only tools, and tools are neutral. A hammer can build barns or bash brains; and we must proceed with caution, mindful that great power must be tempered with great responsibility.

Joe Arrigo
Author of, Fostering Cooperation: Power and Harmony through People
and, The Secret Factor for Uncommon Sales Success
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