Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War Audiobook | Byron Reese | Audible.com
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Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War | [Byron Reese]

Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War

For years we’ve been inundated with bleak forecasts about the future. But in this electrifying new book, author Byron Reese debunks the pessimistic outlook as dangerous, and shows instead how technology will soon create a dramatically better world for every person on earth, beyond anything we have dared to imagine.
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For years we’ve been inundated with bleak forecasts about the future. But in this electrifying new book, author Byron Reese debunks the pessimistic outlook as dangerous, and shows instead how technology will soon create a dramatically better world for every person on earth, beyond anything we have dared to imagine.

With the art of a storyteller, Reese synthesizes history, technology, and sociology into an exciting, fast-moving narrative that shows how technological change has had dramatic effects on humanity in the past. He then looks forward at the technological changes we know are coming - from genetics, nanotechnology, robotics, and many other fields - and explores how they will vastly increase wealth, prolong our lifespans, redefine human rights, and alter the social fabric of the world. Reese explains how the Internet, human ingenuity, and technological innovation will help us forever end the five historic plagues of human existence: ignorance, disease, poverty, hunger, and war. With a rational and researched optimism, Reese sees the future not as a world in a downward spiral, but as destined for progress beyond our imaginations. As Reese looks forward, he notes that “we are gaining speed, not winding down. We are blooming, not withering, as we leverage the greatest natural resource on the planet: the human mind.”

The future of Earth’s inhabitants has never been brighter. If you want to get excited about the future, then this is the book for you.

©2013 Bryon Reese (P)2013 Byron Reese

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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 03-13-13
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Sugar Shock Optimism – I hope he’s accurate"

    Byron Reese is a historian. In his latest work, Infinite Progress he sets a high bar for Internet and Technology. He spells out his optimism in his title “How the Internet and Technology will end ignorance, disease, poverty, hunger and war. Yikes! As a fellow Internet aficionado and technology practitioner, I just had to see what this was all about. In the first chapter I worked my way up the ladder of “optimism shock” – a kind of sugar shock, just without ingesting a ton of jelly beans.

    The basis for Reese giving you his predictions are built on five principles: 1) futurists often get it wrong; 2) history can help us get it right; 3) internet technology + human ingenuity = infinite promise; 4) accelerating progress is inevitable; and, 5) the new renaissance has begun. Pretty heady stuff! Of these five principles there really is only one real premise three assertions and one dollop of hope. I really don’t think Reese made his argument in the end. But....

    I have read other books in this genre, for example the "Next 100 Years" by George Friedman and this work has a place along side. I would have to say that spending 10 hours dwelling on things might go right instead of 10 hours of the things that have gone wrong was a refreshing change. Even if you don’t buy what Reese is selling, I give him credit for putting his message out there. If you have the time and want to hear some good, non-political, speculation give it a read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Manitoba, Canada 10-10-13
    Simon Manitoba, Canada 10-10-13 Member Since 2008

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    "not a master work, but good read"
    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have, which in my opinion is the best, and that's one reason why I've tried this book


    Any additional comments?

    No Peter Diamond or Steven Pinker, but all right. The world needs more optimists, but the author is almost dreaming, in my opinion. To say that there will be less war or less hunger in the future, I can easily see…but no war? The book is good, no doubt, but just not a master piece like Abundance. But I am glad that it is Grover Gardner that read it, makes it all worth the time to listen to.

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    NANCAN Charlottesville, VA 08-15-13
    NANCAN Charlottesville, VA 08-15-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Fascinating Stuff"
    Would you try another book from Byron Reese and/or Grover Gardner?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writer has much enthusiasm about his subject matter.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No; but I liked this one.


    Was Infinite Progress worth the listening time?

    Yes; I listened as an ongoing process because it's more educational than entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Great ideas .... if it only could work, we'd all be better off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lara Coffer Austin, TX, US 05-02-13
    Lara Coffer Austin, TX, US 05-02-13 Member Since 2007
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. This book provides some really thought provoking ways of how the internet will be used in the future. You have to be an optimist to follow this book but it is a great read, entertaining, thought-provoking and inspiring. I can't wait for this future!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love all the examples of futurist products, jobs, ways of life.....


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