X-Prize Founder Argues the Future is Bright

Thanks to the Power of Science!

Peter Diamandis, the founder of the X-Prize Foundation, and Steven Kotler, a best-selling writer and journalist, have a new book coming out on February 21st. It's notable because rather than argue that the world is going down in flames and that we're all doomed, they take the road less traveled. They claim that things are getting better, and that the rate of improvement is accelerating, but that our brains are built with cognitive biases that force us to pay a lot more attention to the negative than the positive (we get used to improvements almost instantaneously and take them from granted, but any setback is acutely felt).

The video above is Diamandis' passionate elevator pitch, and I recommend you check it out because it's so different from what we hear everyday in the media. His points are hard to argue against too; it's true that in just one lifetime, life expectancy has soared, literacy rates around the world have increased tremendously, billions of people are coming out of the abject poverty that has been most people's destiny in the past and in many countries the difference between rich and poor is now more about how many toys you have rather than who starves and who eats, etc. When you think about it from a historical perspective, that's not bad since for many thousands of years of human civilization progress was so slow, you probably couldn't see much change over a lifetime.

This isn't to say that there aren't big problems out there, but being objective means seeing the good and bad. It's just as irrational to ignore one as the other, which is why I'm glad this book exist. I'm putting it on my 'to read' list.

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X-Prize Founder Argues the Future is Bright
Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler argue in an upcoming book that we tend to focus more on the negative than positive, and that the future is bright thanks to advances in science and technology.

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