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Abundance and technology

Water will become more and more valuable as the future draws nearer.

Image of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
Author: Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
Publisher: Free Press (2012)
Binding: Hardcover, 400 pages

In his book, "Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think," author Peter Diamandis writes that "currently humanity uses 30 percent more of our natural resources than we can replace."

Water, Diamandis say, will be the next big battle. Less than 2 percent of the planets water is pure and drinkable and as populations expand, so will humanity’s thirst.

But Diamandis argues that technology is a resource-liberating force that will enable us to overcome the challenges of resource scarcity. And while some humans might worry about the rise of the machines, Diamandis believes technology is an overwhelming force for good -- and plenty. “Yes, we’re going to have ups and downs, but on the whole, the human race… is getting better and better."

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Tess Vigeland is the host of Marketplace Money, where she takes a deep dive into why we do what we do with our money.
Image of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
Author: Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
Publisher: Free Press (2012)
Binding: Hardcover, 400 pages
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if our source of vital water comes from a revatively few places than a few people or corporations can control distribution and price. this echoes of the food crisis we currently have. local people no longer know how to obtain their own food so we worship and support consolidated food distribution centers. we have enough technology to feed the world now and don't do it. farmers are paid not to grow crops in some areas so to control prices. food is dumped and wasted for the purposes of commodity control and maximizing profits. even if one invents a machine to change air into drinking water the overlord corporations will steal, buy or legislate it to their benefit. nobody gives away technological advances on a mass scale.
if we as a culture contiue to forget, or can no longer get the majority of our water, food, and shelter from local/regional sources were headed down a rough road.

I noticed that all the improvements were related to humans. You didn't ask, and didn't care, about other living creatures or the environment. It must be nice to live in a people-orientated world where nothing is important but human greed and selfishness. But when we melt all the water to suck into our endless needs, we will lose populations of animals who probably thought they were pretty important too. I'm not optimistic about the future of the human race when we find ourselves on the planet all by ourselves because we've poisoned everything else. Of course, we can always go to the moon with Gingrich. No, I think I'll pass on that.

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