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What are the Critical Technologies Leading to Abundance?

Moore’s Law, the doubling of the price-performance of our laptops every 18 months, also underpins the exponential growth of any ‘information-based technology’. As such areas like computational and network systems, artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, bio-informatics, nanotechnology, human-machine interfaces, and medicine are growing faster than ever. These technologies are enabling the vast majority of humanity to experience what only the affluent have had access to thus far. Artificial intelligence alone, as demonstrated through the recent success of Watson in the game show Jeopardy!, has the potential to transform both education and healthcare worldwide. In Abundance, Peter and Steven examine how exponential technologies are being used (and can be used) to provide 6.8 billion people with clean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalized education, top-tier medical care, non-polluting and ubiquitous energy.

Technology is also dematerializing the goods and services that used to distinguish the rich from the poor. Today anyone with a smart phone can own a video-camera, game arcade, music library, GPS, video phone, voice recorder, compass, radio, television and much more, all for the price of a cup of coffee.

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