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Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis
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Jun 20, 2012

really liked it

If you liked The Rational Optimist, you'll love this - and I think that this is another salvo in the great half-empty/half-full zeitgeist. Diamandis uses an abundance of sources and demonstrable trends to thoroughly debunk many of the doom-around-the-corner arguments.

There are two basic premises at work here: the necessity of re-evaluation of historical trends, and the actual exponential nature of human achievement.

To demonstrate the first premise, Diamandis spends a significant amount of time showing how the indigent in modern America have assets which would have bankrupted millionaires fifty or a hundred years ago (think portable phones, antibiotics, and air conditioning). To demonstrate the second, a powerful example has been the spread of wireless data services in Africa - which he correctly points out substantially larger than the US and China combined - and how this spread has enabled the development of effective micro-finance and greater access to educational resources.

A significant amount of the book is spent profiling some techno-futurists, who are doing things like building toilets which produce energy (!) and developing low-energy water purification technology.

It's a good book, and definitely worth a read.

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