ISIS! Ebola!

Fear sells—it’s an evolutionary selection bias we all have and probably for good reason—better to be safe and all.

But the fact is that the world is safer and more prosperous today than it has ever been. Violence per capita is falling, income per capita is on the rise globally. In 10 years, it will be better; in 50, even better. There have been world wars and pandemics, to be sure, but if you step back and look at the trends, they all continue climbing up and to the right with only small dips for what we perceive to be large events. This will continue as we are more connected, more dependent, and hopefully, more empathetic.

Abundance, written by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, outlines these biases and trends and gives us a peak into what our future may look like. Diamandis runs the X-Prize Foundation, which grants cash awards for scientific achievement, such as private space flight and cleaning up oil spills.

The book is the best summary of the not-too-distant technological future I’ve come across. It covers genetics, healthcare, robotics, driverless cars, and myriad other technologies that will be here sooner than we think. It’s an uplifting summary of our future, or better yet, the adjacent possible.

The book can be found here, and the website for Abundance here.