Abundance

Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler needs to be a must read in every school and workplace.

The Future Is Better Than You Think

To borrow the summary from the book, it is about how “progress in artificial intelligence, robotics, infinite computing, ubiquitous broadband networks, digital manufacturing, nanomaterials, synthetic biology, and many other exponentially growing technologies will enable us to make greater gains in the next two decades than we have in the previous 200 years.”

The progress taking place from 2032-2042 will outperform the gains we have achieved from 2012-2032. We’re already seeing a similar pattern. As Jeffrey Rayport points out, “The average smart phone is as powerful as a high-end Mac or PC of less than a decade ago.” Having a basic understanding of exponential growth also helps when analyzing these changes.

These technologies are going to grow at incredible speeds because they are subject to Moore’s law, and the community behind them simply makes things happen. As improvements are made with these technologies, the prices of them will drop significantly, making them accessible to the most impoverished parts of the world. Though many people refer to the most impoverished people in the world as the ‘Bottom Billion’, Diamandis and Kotler choose to refer to them as the ‘Rising Billion.’ With access to inexpensive, advanced technology, it’s far easier for the Rising Billion to make global changes. And it will only become easier in the future.

We are surrounded by bad news. Bad news sells, and as a result, some of us often believe there isn’t hope in the world. Diamandis and Kotler believe this is our greatest challenge to achieving abundance stating, “The inability of people to see the positive trends through the sea of bad news–that may be the biggest stumbling block on the road toward abundance.”

But more positive stories could be published than bad stories. It’s not breaking news when good things are happening in the world because they are ordinary. This is a good thing. If it was breaking news every time a plane landed safely, we would be in trouble. If you enjoy good news, though, visit Huffpost Good News.

With these exponential technologies, an abundant future for earth is very likely. Like Diamandis and Kotler state, “When seen through the lens of technology, few resources are truly scarce; they’re mainly inaccessible.” Soon we will have access to technology that provides everyone on this planet with abundant solutions.

Many people will be resistant to these changes, which isn’t unusual. “People will resist breakthrough ideas until the moment they’re accepted as the new norm.”

Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is one the most important visionaries to study. Though some of his predictions may seem outlandish, he has an established track record of success. Truth is, I could constantly go on about him.

It’s important to study futurists in business even if their predictions aren’t accurate. Consistently thinking about future inventions and possibilities trains you to anticipate and accept change, therefore making it easier to adapt in the business world when inevitable changes occur.

Do yourself a favor and visit some of Kurzweil’s sites to learn more.

Kurzweilai.net, Transcendant Man, Bigthink.com/raykurzweil, Singularity.com,