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Exponential Thinking

The Big Idea for Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler have published a groundbreaking new book called Abundance: Why the Future Will Be Much Better Than You Think, an optimistic antidote to the cynicism that is so prevalent in the media these days.

The authors argue part of the reason for our pessimism is we are struggling to adapt to a world that is "global and exponential" with the same mental equipment that was designed for a world that was "local and linear."

In order to meet the grand challenges of the 21st century, Diamandis and Kotler argue, innovators need to think exponentially. They argue the accelerating rate of technological change will "put an end to what ails us" within 25 years with "noticeable change possible within the next decade." Indeed, this way of thinking will fundamentally transform every imaginable industry, from energy to education to health care. 


  1. 1 Our Future of Abundance
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 Jason Silva: Transcendant Man
    Brian Hoffstein Think Tank
  3. 3 Taking Matternet Into Their Own Hands
    Michael Raymond del Castillo Think Tank
  4. 4 Are We Ready For the Coming 'Age of Abundance?'
    Daniel Honan Think Tank

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