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
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
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.
I have, which in my opinion is the best, and that's one reason why I've tried this book
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.
The writer has much enthusiasm about his subject matter.
No; but I liked this one.
Yes; I listened as an ongoing process because it's more educational than entertaining.
Great ideas .... if it only could work, we'd all be better off.
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!
I love all the examples of futurist products, jobs, ways of life.....
This is a great book about the optimism we should all feel concerning our present and future, because of Technologic progress.
As always, Grover Gardner does a *phenomenal* job narrating.
My one reservation about the book is the Author's view of economics and economic progress. This is exemplified by his claim "I love a brand of canned chilli called Wolf brand. It costs about $2 a can. I would gladly pay $10 a can. So when I buy it for $2 I make an equivalent economic utility, because of my happiness/satisfaction with the product, of $8. This is a form of 'wealth'".
I appreciate his intention is to indicate that an improvement in products, which sell for a fixed or even lower price than before, increases the amount a consumer VALUEs the product, but their personal satisfaction level cannot be taken to the bank when applying for a mortgage. A person's sense of Value is a motivational factor in choosing a purchase or course of action, but it is not an economic measurable.
yes because it gives you food for thought about the future.
at some moments it made me laugh.
Infinite Progress places our time in the wide arc of history and how technology and global communication will transform our world through greater interdependency and economic growth. The author does not provide a timeline but rather argues transformational progress is well underway and accelerating. This positive future focused vision is based on a view of history and how these changes are well under way.
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