Posts tagged ‘Abundance’
from PETER DIAMANDIS’ blog, 7/29/14:
Last week, I shared two key datasets showing that global violence is going down.
This week, I’ve got even more proof for you.
This is one of the most important areas you can share with your friends and family, especially if they have a negative mindset.
Nothing gets us down more than watching violence on television or reading about war and brutality in the newspaper. The truth is, there’s a massive reduction in the amount of violence around the world.
The following graph comes from data in the FBI National Crime Victimization Survey. It depicts the rapes reported in the Bureau of Justice Victimization between 1970 and 2010.
On this curve, and in the next curve, you’ll see the impact of the World Wide Web on violence.
You might hear people decry the loss of privacy in today’s world, but radical transparency is dramatically reducing violence everywhere. Most violent things happen in the dark when no one’s watching, whether it’s an oppressive dictator or someone causing violence in the inner city.
As sensors and networks continue to expand around the world, we’ll see violence drop even further. After all, when there’s a danger that your actions can be caught on tape and shown around the world, you’re more responsible for your behavior.
Here’s another one that shows the impact of transparency. This is trends by armed conflict and the impact on the World Wide Web. We do see an increase in violence here from the 1960s to the 1990s. Watch what happened in 1993 when the Web started reporting this violence, though.
This last graph is the rate of non-fatal firearm crime between 1993 and 2011. Again, watch what happens as the World Wide Web gains popularity: gun violence plummets.
The Web and level of transparency has an extraordinary effect on what people do or don’t do in public.
I hope you share this with your friends and family. Because regardless of what the news media will tell you, we are living in a world that is more peaceful and more abundant than ever before.
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I call CNN the Crisis News Network (or the Calamity News Network), delivering all crisis, all the time…
Today’s news media is a drug pusher, and negative news is their drug.
It might interest you to know that violence around the world has actually been going down, and has been for some time.
Your chances of dying a violent death are 1/500th of what they used to be during medieval times.
We’re blind to this fact, because our brains pay 10 times more attention to negative news than positive news. I wrote about these cognitive biases in Abundance.
This graph shows deaths due to war between 1900 and 2005. You’ll notice clear spikes during World War I and World War II.
Check out this next graph.
Here, you’ll see the types of battles fought since 1940, and every classification — colonial, interstate, civil, and civil without foreign intervention — has dropped off drastically over time.
But this isn’t the impression you get from watching the news every night, is it?
Today, every skirmish in every part of the planet is broadcast straight into your living room live, in HD… over and over again.
But when we look at the data, the amount of warfare and deaths by human hands are reducing globally.
What do I do to counter this barrage of negative news? I’ve stopped watching TV news. They couldn’t pay me enough money.
I get my news from selected Google News and my social feed. Try it. You’d be amazed at how much happier you’ll be.
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Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
January 20, 2012 by Editor
In the forthcoming book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, Peter H. Diamandis (chairman and CEO of the X-Prize Foundation and cofounder and chairman of Singularity University) and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler give us an extensive tour of the latest in exponentially growing technologies and explore how four emerging forces — exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the Rising Billion — are conspiring to solve humanity’s biggest problems.
“This brilliant must-read book provides the key to the coming era of abundance, replacing eons of scarcity,” says Ray Kurzweil, inventor and author of The Singularity is Near.
Matt Ridley, author of the Rational Optimist, agrees: “This vital book … gives us a blinding glimpse of the innovations that are coming our way. …” Stewart Brand, editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, describes the book as “comprehensively sampl[ing] … the profound innovations going on to improve the human condition.”
The authors make a compelling case for optimism. We are introduced to dozens of innovators and industry captains making tremendous strides in healthcare, agriculture, energy, and other fields: Dean Kamen’s “Slingshot,” a technology that can transform polluted water, salt water, or even raw sewage into incredibly high-quality drinking water for less than one cent a liter; the Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize, which promises a low-cost, handheld medical device that allows anyone to diagnose themself better than a board-certified doctor; and Dickson Despommier’s “vertical farms,” which replace traditional agriculture with a system that uses 80 percent less land, 90 percent less water, and 100 percent fewer pesticides, with zero transportation costs.
As a bonus, the authors provide a detailed reference section filled with 90 graphs, charts, and graphics offering much of the source data underpinning their conclusions.