The Future Is Better Than We Think – The 4 Forces of Abundance (via HuffPost)

Artificial Intelligence , Digital Transformation , Technology

Population size, economic meltdowns, energy shortages, water shortages, food shortages are just a few headlines published every day. In this article by Steven Kotloer, recently published by the Huffington Post, four forces of abundance show a different picture. Noteworthy:

2014-10-01-amygdala-thumb“What does the world really look like? It turns out it’s not the nightmare most suspect. Violence is at an all-time low, personal freedom at a historic high. During the past century, child mortality decreased by 90 percent, and maternal mortality by 99 percent, while the average human lifespan increased by 100 percent. Food is cheaper and more plentiful than ever before. (Groceries, for example, cost 13 times less today than in 1870.) Poverty has declined more the in the past 50 years than in the previous 500. In fact, adjusted for inflation, incomes have tripled in the past 50 years. On top of that, many of those living under the poverty line today have access to a telephone, toilet, television, running water, air conditioning and even a car. Go back 150 years, and the richest people in Europe could have never dreamed of such wealth.”

“Nor are these changes restricted to the developed world. In Africa today, a Masai warrior on a mobile phone has better mobile communications than the U.S. president did 25 years ago; if they’re on a smartphone with Google, then they have access to more information than the president did just 15 years ago. And if it’s a smartphone, consider the feast of features that now come standard: watch, stereo, camera, video camera, voice recorder, GPS tracker, video teleconferencing equipment, and a vast library of books, films, games, and music. Just 20 years ago, these same goods and services would have cost over $1 million.”

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