Abundance of Bullshit

... a book that Debbie hates.

My fake secretary Debbie is on Ray Kurzweil’s email list because she’s all worried that medical progress won’t be able to keep pace with her “chain-smoking while tanning” lifestyle. She’d love to stop the smoke & tan madness :: but she needs it to cover up her diabetic pallor … so she depends on the science of future miracles for comfort.

Says Dr. Kurzweil to Debbie …

Dear Friend,

I’d like to reach out to you personally about a new book that I am very excited about:

Abundance — The Future Is Better Than You Think. This book is written by my dear friend and colleague Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Singularity University Cofounder and X PRIZE Foundation Chairman, and Steven Kotler, science journalist.

The Future Is Better Than You Think :: assuming you’ve been thinking about it of course … which {let’s face it} you haven’t been because The Future is not what’s on TV right now. What’s on TV right now? It’s a question AND a way of life :: one with scant little room for books about science by doctors who can’t write everything they know about math on to a single half-used napkin.

Peter and Steven intend to start a new conversation in the world — one focused on solving problems rather than just being gloomy about them.

Take that The Society of Let’s Just Be Gloomy About It Engineers :: go suck yourselves … in the worst way. You had your chance {I’ve just been told} :: and you fucking failed {hate to be gloomy but it’s true}. We’re going back to the other engineers now … the ones who actually do engineering!

Debbie took a pass on the pre-order :: maybe she’ll read a book next year or something.

Now to the part of the story that’s about to make Abundance a part of the story :: an email from The Syndicate’s Jeff Walker about the same abundant book …

I just put up a new blog post that’s all about…
>>> ABUNDANCE <<<
The reality is that our future is a lot brighter than you think.
And this isn’t about some hippy-groovy law-of-attraction “land of milk and honey” thinking. It’s about cold hard facts.

This isn’t the hippy-groovy unicorn bullshit that Jeff & Pals are usually pushing on the unwary for life ruining sums :: this is actual information backed by facts … and hey if you want to conflate the two in your mind then that would be super awesome for Jeff Walker … professional bastard.

As an entrepreneur (or an aspiring entrepreneur), this stuff is IMPORTANT. You need to protect your confidence, and you need to protect your mindset.

IMPORTANT stuff here people :: you NEED to “protect your mindset” … which is totally businessish and not in the least bit cultish.

To the dumb blog post where SuperCreep Walker tries to sidle up to Dr. Diamandis unbeknownst …

I just got the chance to interview Peter Diamandis – the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation and co-founder (along with Ray Kurzweil) of the Singularity University…

Wait :: an interview? … what the fuck? The sidling is totally beknownst? Uhmmmmm :: objection!

If I could puke :: I just would have.

MIT and Harvard trained :: but I guess he can’t use Google {or Bing even} to find out that Jeff Walker hurts people … real people … right now people not the future fucking inhabitants of the utopiamatrix.

I guess I best explain to Doctor Doesn’t Do Due Diligence how an online confidence scam works …

1) You say you’re an expert on something {or on everything} … even though you’re undoubtedly an uneducated barely literate semi-moron.

2) You form a secret mafia like organization with other uneducated barely literate semi-morons :: go ahead and name it The Syndicate if you’re into descriptive naming.

3) Get other people in your mafia like organization to say that you’re an expert on something {or on everything} … even though they all know you’re an uneducated barely literate semi-moron {or a felon :: or a pedophile :: or a homicidal maniac}.

4) Sidle up to the lazy and ignorant press and let them spread the rumors of your experthood …

Thanks CNN …

Thanks all major news outlets …

5) Sidle up on unwatchful people with real credibility {that’s you Dr. D} to further distort the truth of your idiotness … and the insane falseness of your unicornian claims.

Joe Polish and Jeff Walker … really terrific job science journalists.

6) Gouge the shit out of unsuspecting victims :: charging them thousands and thousands for price fixed idiot turds …

7) Ensure the total suck out of your marks by backending to a Utah boiler room :: you’ll get half the loot … or at least that’s what they’ll tell you.

Changing Debbie’s Life by SaltyDroid

Boom!

Now youz gots monies and you can buy cars and blow and hookers and stuff … aka … abundance. It was so easy … and you only had to ruin tens of thousands of innocent lives in the process. Of course some of them will call you :: frantic and sobbing with fear :: and some of them will kill themselves … so this is where it’d be super useful to be a psychopath.

Dr. Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler’s {science journalist} negligence is especially unfortunate given that the title of their book :: Abundance :: is the absolute g-spot of cult-scam-doublespeak.

Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis don’t mean “don’t feed the gloom” like Jeff Walker and The Syndicate wenches meant “don’t feed the gloom” when Jeff said

“If people are tearing you down, then you need to avoid them. This can be tough if it’s your family, but you need to set boundaries. You need to create distance. And if your friends are tearing you down, it’s time to find some new friends.”

They don’t mean that you should turn your back on your wife :: like Dave did to Alison … if she starts to gloomily wonder about the ethics of your unethical paycheck

They don’t mean that you should abandon all critical thought and make yourself a slave to the worst possible lies …

… but they might as well.

So in this :: my first fake robot book review :: I give Abundance — The Future Is Better Than You Think … one finger up.

I’ll bet you can guess which finger.

>> bleep bloop

 

117 thoughts on “Abundance of Bullshit”

  1. “Abundance” appears to be a completely genuine, respectable book that’s been wrapped in scammer bait.

    If you head over to Amazon, you can read the list of innovators who contributed and see how well-researched it is in the Look Inside.

    But then everything outside the actual text is just crying out for promotion to a gullible list, from the chapter titles like “Chapter 2: Building the Pyramid” and “Chapter 16: Freedom” to the chance to win a zero-gravity flight ticket (or attend the Executive Program at the unaccredited Singularity University) when you promote it.

    Some of the folks providing blurbs are no stranger to this blog. Sir Richard Branson has been mentioned in connection with Russell Brunson and Tellman Knudson (in an article I found searching this site for “Adderall”). Arianna Huffington’s HuffPo promoted negligent homicider James Arthur Ray. Tim Ferriss likes to hang with Russell Brunson. Ferriss’ book was one of @Slowly Waking’s first baby steps into the unicorn dream. (Where are you @Slowly Waking? Is everything OK?)

    1. @Lanna, pretty scary stuff when legitimacy and scumbag-scammy slime meet and the line starts to blur a little. My distress over high trained professionals getting sucked unawares into the mud is not that severe — they could have done the Google thing as SD pointed out. But knowing that the likes of Jeff Walker have a chance to crawl up like the leeches they are to suck up the credibility of MIT — oh that hurts, that really hurts.

    2. @Lanna,

      I read the book and it’s actually really good and has NOTHING to do with law of attraction or any other shit like that.

      It’s a bummer that they felt the need to dance with the Devil on this one.

      The book is really focused on technology and how it can be used constructively to change the world in a real way, not a fake way.

      How the fuck Jeff Walker got involved with this dude is a mystery, or most likely failure to do due diligence on the part of the author…

      just my 2 cents.

        1. @Lanna,

          If you listen closely to the taped interview you can hear Jeff Walker say he has a “pre-advance copy”. How’s that for proving his insider status?

          1. @Barbara,

            Is a “pre-advance copy” even a real thing? From my limited knowledge of the publishing world, there’s a manuscript, there’s a bunch of truly internal versions done by the editors, and then there’s an advance copy that’s distributed far and wide to retailers’ buyers, reviewers and celebrity blurb-providers. In the OP, it sounds like SD thinks Walker said he was a “reviewer” in order to sidle up to Diamandis. Is there other evidence that they are BFFs and Diamandis shared the manuscript with Walker?

      1. @SD, Now that I had to think through it more, the K2500X didn’t do much for economy-abundance…once I found out about how to play bass, drums, chords, and solo for it on the jazz standards, the regular-restaurant-gig fired the 3 other musicians in our quartet. I remember thinking about how guilty I wanted to think I should have felt as I went on to play the classics “Don’t Blame Me” and “I should Care”.

  2. Well, to be fair, the book is generating some buzz. Here’s one review from MysticMonkeyGuru:

    “Abundance: Why The Future Will Be Much Better Than You Think?

    BULLSHIT.

    This book, Abundance, will be as relevant to the future as a fridge is to an eskimo. Which means, utterly freaking useless.

    Diamandis and Kotler have constructed a nice doorstop out of mulched trees, filled with fairy stories, lies and bullcrap.

    The future is poverty and disease due to the Great Stagnation and energy crisis.

    The international banking classes are brutally robbing the global population of their basic rights and needs, and it’s only going to get worse.

    These crackpots can take their myths of abundance and technological change and shove them up a chimp’s bottom.”

    And this evenhanded review by Asimov1:

    ” You are free to go out and buy abundance soon

    free to line the pockets of a connman and soothsayer with your hard earned dollars

    free to let yourself be exploited by a bookpeddler, just as you are free to buy crack or cocaine at the street corner

    every generation has its wars, our war is the energy descent and we are going to lose

    a soft landing is the best we can hope for & work toward, but that wont happen until the world wakes up to reality

    ‘Abundance soon’ is the first title that needs to go on the bonfire as it is the biggest socio economic lie out there.”

    With word of mouth like this the book is bound for glory, just like Bristol Palin’s “I wuz Raped” memoir. So far even Amazon’s #1 fake reviewer Harriet Klausner hasn’t pretended to read this dog, the only tags on it are “too expensive for Kindle”. Ha!

    1. @Barbara,

      Yeah, I think the authors and the experts they cite are overly optimistic in their “technology will fix everything” approach to global problems of resource management and the associated social equity issues. Even if it’s one-sided, though, it looks like they’re contributing a well-researched, thought-provoking argument to the debate about our planet’s future. It’s a far cry from the usual “how I got rich (but not really) – and you can too” books SD’s targets usually produce.

      Is it possible to discuss the scamminess of the promotion without delving into the book’s contents? Or are they too intertwined to consider separately?

      1. @Lanna,

        So this book’s basic argument is that “technology will fix everything?”

        That’s a great one. Do you think they consulted Icarus on that? I hear his experience with developing technology is H-O-T!

        Or how about DuPont and the yet-classifiable chemicals that get dumped into our water supply?

        As I recall, the “technology will fix everything we break” was a basic argument in my college Poly-Sci 115 class that was inherently flawed. (It even had an “official name” that escapes me now…)

        Granted, I haven’t read the book, and I’m certainly no Poly-Sci expert, but too much unchecked optimism leaves a lot of room for scam-o-paths to weasel their way in and take advantage of the trust of well-intentioned others.

        (No offense to weasels was intended in the above run-on sentence.)

        1. @zipnar,

          Shit, you made me look it up. In a book. And wade into the off-topic topic I was trying to steer the discussion around.

          In “The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses,” John S. Dryzek calls that philosophy “The Promethean Response.” From page 45:

          Prometheans have unlimited confidence in the ability of humans and their technologies to overcome any problems presented to them–including what can now be styled environmental problems.

          Since it’s not out yet, I haven’t read the book, so it’s just my impression from the website and Amazon info that the book espouses the Promethean mentality. It sounds like @Barbara got a similar impression.

          I think Prometheanism is broken, but I don’t want to get into a debate about the finer points of Prometheanism versus survivalism, environmental problem solving or green radicalism.

        2. @zipnar, And don’t forget Monsanto’s terminator seeds and iron-fisted efforts to destroy small farmers and control the world’s food supply.

          Yep, technology will solve everything….

  3. Oooh! Breaking News!!

    “Abundance” is going to Norway!

    “A big shout out to Tor Barstad who blew our minds when he purchased 45 copies to send to high-ranking government official in Norway!”

    Wow! A high-ranking government official?! Who could it be?? Quickly, off the top of your head name all of the high-ranking government officials in Norway that you know.

    (sound of crickets…)

    I thought so.

    As far as I’m concerned the only Tor worth listening to is Tor Johnson…”time for go to bed”…( MST3K fans will recognize this quote)

    1. @Barbara, Tor Johnson was a god among men. He made stupid scary or vice versa or something, but he was real big. The Beast of Yucca Flats is something you won’t forget – I have tried.

    2. @Barbara ::

      I was going to name a footballer instead … as a joke … because sometimes I’m telling the jokes … but then I couldn’t think of one.

      Give me some of ur oil monies Norway … don’t be so greedy.

  4. So this is the guy that’s holding the “Build Your Own Tricorder” competition? From Slate:

    “Today, January 10, 2012, at the Consumer Electronics Show, X-Prize’s Peter Diamandis shared more details. He hopes that the winning device will “allow a user to diagnose themselves without having to visit a doctor or hospital,” he tweeted. Final guidelines won’t be available until September of this year; however, teams can fill out intent-to-compete forms now. (One sure entrant: the company Scanadu, headquartered at NASA’s Ames Research Center, which has been working on a tricorder since January 2011.) The Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize website says that the following will be required of the winner:

    Diagnose diseases
    Provide ongoing metrics of health (vitals)
    Allow monitoring or continuous use of sensors to diagnose and measure health
    Provide awareness of health state
    Give confirmation that everything is ok with a consumer
    Notify that something is not ok (a “check engine light”)

    ********************************************************************

    I see Peter never missed an episode of Star Trek. And, really, a check engine light for human beings? The one in my car malfunctions constantly. And we already have that diagnose yourself thing without a doctor or hospital…it’s called millions of Americans without healthcare.

    1. @Barbara, I bet the malpractice attorneys are salivating all over themselves… just waiting to sue the company that made the device that failed to diagnose a fatal cancer lurking deep in somebody’s organs…

    2. @Barbara,

      Yeah. Humans already have something along the lines of a “check engine” light. It’s called “pain”.

      Sure it’d be cool to have some cheap, well-working gizmos that could warn you of potential body problems that pain isn’t able to inform you of. But that’d be like–hard. I mean hard as in comparable to the Strong AI problem.

      I’m not saying that the proposed “engine light” is as hard as Strong AI–I’m just saying that it’s close.

      Furry cows moo and decompress.

    3. @Barbara,

      Gizmodo loves them a tricorder story: Tricorder Chip, Real Tricorder Invented, Medical Tricorder, Working Tricorder, Portable Medical Scanner, iPhone Stethoscope.

      Tricorders are not for us ‘mericans, even those of us without healthcare.
      They are for Africans, military personnel and astronauts. DARPA and NASA are both working on tricorder-type tech, in addition to whomever the X Prize motivates. I’m still rooting for George Whitesides’ good ol’ fashioned paper diagnostic tool.

      1. @Lanna,

        Yeah, that is cool. I agree with @SD. It seems it could do a lot more good than a tri-corder. I hope it catches on.

    1. @Jack, Just double-checkiting to make sure AbundanceHub.com is Peter Diamondis domain & Whois says yes – so Twitter looks for being his – and he’s making the fake-social-proof play then.

    2. @Jack,

      . . . thought leaders . . . freedom . . . global abundance at a level never before seen on this planet.

      But seen on another planet?!

      the major touch points of abundance:
      * Perspective
      * Exponential Technologies
      * Building the Base of the Pyramid
      * The Forces of Abundance
      * Peak of the Pyramid
      * Steering faster

      Doesn’t that sound like an MLM? But the pyramid the book talks about is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

      . . . road map . . . tipping point . . . call to action . . . [for] anyone

      It doesn’t matter if you don’t know a genome from a genome, you can be part of the future! Get out your wallet.

      hands on thinking

      I usually think with my brain.

      1. @Lanna, Maybe about the “planet-word” it’s them being careful with words until more research is done for planets around and about Kepler-22.

        The more you point out about the scam-bait wrapper the more bizarre it all comes…I’m trying to summon up more rage for now, but it’s hard not going to laugh loud-and-hard at the sheer absurdity…”Hello Diamandis, anybody home?”

        1. @Jack, clearly an “advanced” degree doesn’t prevent one from being a douchebag.

          The comments on that blog are priceless. Thank God Peter and friends are courageously taking on the problem of people who point out the problems by publishing their science fiction in the non-fiction department.

          It’s easier if you just translate the word “futurist” as “asshole.”

  5. From one MasterCard holder to another, here’s the secret to abundance:

    “The less you spend trying to buy abundance, the more abundance you’ll have.”

  6. No doubt the book is well researched and scientifically clean. But where did that title come from? Publishers don’t pick titles without first checking it out thoroughly. I can’t believe they didn’t know what kind of company they would find themselves in. Abundance is cheap.

    Listening to that interview with a vampire I couldn’t help wondering if people living below the poverty line really appreciate their flushing toilet enough. And you know, that homeless fellow who froze to death last night, 20 years ago the jogger who found him wouldn’t have had a cell phone to call the cops. And 100 years ago they probably would have buried him in unhygienic conditions, endangering the wider community. Yup, things are looking up.

    1. @Yakaru says,

      “Publishers don’t pick titles without first checking it out thoroughly. I can’t believe they didn’t know what kind of company they would find themselves in.”

      This book is published by Simon & Schuster’s Free Press imprint. Like most all publishers, they’ll print anything that will sell.

      For example, the Free Press brought us Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits books, as well as the notorious “The Bell Curve” which argued that whites were genetically smarter than people of color.

  7. You wrote:
    “MIT and Harvard trained :: but I guess he can’t use Google {or Bing even} to find out that Jeff Walker hurts people … real people … right now people not the future fucking inhabitants of the utopiamatrix.”

    I get what (I think) you are trying to say, but, Salty, when it comes to selling something, anything, many people and organizations have not a care in the world as to “how” a message gets out, they just want the message to get out.

    “Damn the torpedoes… Full speed ahead.”

    And, BTW… since when does “MIT and Harvard trained” mean having common sense? My father-in-law is a rocket scientist… for realz. What that really means is if it ain’t floating 100 miles in the sky, he don’t know shit about it.

    1. @GV,

      “MIT and Harvard trained” is the kind of weasel language that people use to create artificial credibility.

      It sounds like it means he graduated from a couple of extremely competitive big-name universities, but all it really means is that he attended a couple of workshops held at those locations.

      1. @Just Jake,

        “MIT and Harvard trained” are SD’s words. Everything that’s been dug up – especially Silver Agave’s comments below – have me pretty skeeved out about Diamandis, too, but his credentials seem to be real. MIT says they granted him an undergraduate degree in ’83 and graduate degree in ’88, and Harvard is pretty certain they gave him his MD in ’89.

        1. @Lanna,

          It’s absolutely possible for amoral con artists/psychopaths/potential criminals to also be book smart. No academic credentials would be a red flag, but it doesn’t logically follow that good academic credentials mean no red flags. In this case it appears the flags are just in a different location.

          I’m really curious to know the back story on this hook up. I’m guessing there must be a Richard Branson/Virgin Galactic connection. A person I know who was in Joe Polish’s mastermind group went to the test flight they did in the desert (last year I think) which at the time I thought was kind of a weird thing for him to be at…now it seems a lot less weird.

        2. @Anonymous,

          Oh, absolutely. And the educated con artists are probably playing a much longer game that’s more difficult to see through. I was simply challenging Just Jake’s assertion that Diamandis only attended workshops on MIT and Harvard’s campuses.

    2. @GV ::

      Yeah they don’t care about the “how” … just do whatever to sell whatever. But I don’t accept that. You wanna be splashing your credentials all around and making yourself into a public figure … then represent for that … be professional.

      You think the world’s getting better and technology can be a force for good … then fucking represent for that!

      Sit downs with Walker and Polish {especially on this subject matter} was …

      a) stupid
      b) uncaring
      c) negligent

      If something isn’t done about it :: then I’m not done about it … and Dr. Diamandis can expect to see further demonstrations of my version of techo-philanthropy.

      1. @SD, maybe Mr. D doesn’t know how abundant your attention can be yet. Or how many of his friends will be talking to you.

  8. Lest the prick of the pin be lost in the abundant pile, I want to give props to Salty for the catchphrase “uneducated barely literate semi-moron.” That’s as apt of a description of these jokers as I’ve seen.

  9. At the recommendation of an Amazon review of the Abundance book I googled ‘salty droid’. What a waste of time. This article sucks balls and the comments are worse. I can’t believe I spent twenty minutes of my life reading what you losers have got to say.

    1. @Gareth, 20 minutes? So you didn’t really use the brain on this one, then, it seems, since the videos alone are nearly 2 hours.

  10. Founder of Singularity University. Look at that institution for moment. I have before and it’s ruined my day. The wikipedia page is a good start. It is “not an accredited four year university…” and its trustees are mostly VCs who are associated with the Singularity and Trans-Humanism movement, a group of folks who’ve intellectualized that through technology (artificial intelligence, intelligence amplification, bio and genetic engineering) “…superintelligences design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds.”(from the wiki page on Technological Singularity.)

    Lots of big words, big minds and big money. Currently, Singularity University’s Policy, Law and Ethics area of study has no expert chair employed- all of their other departments do. Are they trying to be funny?

    I have asked myself, Why do these corporate VCs seem to want to dictate how people think, based on a concept with science fiction origins? Strip away the big words and tech money and it sounds a lot like scientology- keep the words and money in and it’s still creepy. Add to this that the girlfriend of one of the University’s trustees runs a sex cult- sorry, an orgasmic meditation center- and I’m skeeved out thoroughly.

    I’m not surprised that an Abundance book is authored by someone who would prefer you to have none, or at best would rather re-define what abundance is for you so you can pretend you have it.

    1. @Silver Agave,

      Would that girlfriend be Nicole from “One Taste” orgasmic meditation center or perhaps Sheri who combined two magic words, orgasmic AND abundance? From Sheri’s website:

      Orgasmic Abundance

      “You can do it alone or do it with friends (real or imagined). Orgasms can be a solitary satisfaction or enhance a special connection with a certain someone. For those so inclined they can even be the highlight of a social occasion.”
      ***************************************************************************
      Yeah, I know for me it’s a rare dinner party, book club meeting or kid’s birthday celebration that doesn’t include at least one extended screaming orgasm. I was thrown out of a Chuck E. Cheese location once…but that’s a story for another day.

      1. @Barbara,

        Gosh, there’s more than one now? It’s the first one.

        But so many choices… so many social occasions.

    2. @Silver Agave,

      I checked out the FutureMed offering at Singularity U and found the Executive Producer of this fine program has this impressive accomplishment on her resume:

      “Robin was the Social Media Director and CFO (Chief Fun Officer) of HealthTap, a start up company.”

      I guess a B.S. in management and a stint as chief fun officer qualifies her to head up their medical program.

      I’ll bet she runs the best funny hat day of any C.F.O. in the country.

      1. @Barbara, Wow, “fun” is now an actual job. And the rest of us have been doing it for free on our own time.

    3. @Silver Agave,

      Kurzweil’s the guy pushing the singularity idea, which, as far as I can tell, is something akin to ascending to godhood in Nethack. Or something like that. Except I think it’s a bit more impersonal and technological than wandering around in a dungeon and picking up loot. I think I’d rather have my kitten and my few items and take my chances with the future, rather than trust some technological gurus who think they know better than I.

      (I really should install some version of Nethack on this box and just play, for old times’ sake. Probably a hell of a lot more useful than reading “Abundance,” and it’s a free download.)

      1. Glargh. The previous comment was from me. I guess I need to wear my glasses now when surfing. Oh, the perils of getting old! I think that’s what the singularity is supposed to rescue me from.

        1. @mirele ::

          … or I could fix it so the autofill worked properly … but I think you’re better off waiting for the singularity.

  11. The word “abundance” is a dog whistle for new-agers. There’s this book, published in 2005, by Hay House no less. Hay House publishes those “think yourselves out of cancer” claptrap books by the founder Louise Hay. “The Abundance Book” by John Randolph Price promises to bring prosperity into your life (sound familiar?) with a forty day prosperity program.

    Then there’s “Creative Abundance: Keys to Spiritual and Material Prosperity” (Pocket Guides to Practical Spirituality) by Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, new-age nutjobs.

    Clearly this is the latest attempt to tap this rich vein of the gullible, the soon to be parted from their money types. Only this time they’re attempting to blind them with science.

    1. @Barbara, Yeah, “abundance” has been a buzzword among New-Wage prosperity gurus for many years, and it really seemed to pick up speed in the wake of “The Secret.” But don’t forget that “abundance” was also a Christian buzzword for decades before that, due at least in part to the classic 1959 work, “The Abundant Life” by Ray Baughman.

      In fairness, though, I’ll note that at least the Christian “abundance” originally referred to intangibles such as spiritual fulfillment, rather than to sports cars and McMansions. Of course, today’s Christian prosperity preachers have added their own materialistic spin, and except for the little bits of Christian dogma here and there, some of those Jesus cheerleaders are almost indistinguishable from the “Secret” talking heads and the Syndicate members.

      Also, I realize that most of the Christian as well as the non-Christian “abundance” gurus pay lip service to spiritual “prosperity,” emotional fulfillment, etc. But when it comes down to marketing, it’s all about the overpriced cars, grandiose houses, and dream vacations that God or Spirit or the Universe want you to have, and that can be yours if you’ll only fork over to the guru.

      Like “authenticity” and “awesome,” “abundance/abundant” is yet another word in a long list that has been stripped of its meaning, thanks to overuse by manipulative marketers. And we’re still just in the A’s…

  12. Re: Abundance

    Hm.. That sounds like a Magic card. {quick check}. Yup:
    Abundance, MTG card text

    Sometimes it’s fun to wonder about the future. I like to do it. Other people like to do it. But what’s really tired and boring are both the panglos style “future tech will fix it all!” and also the “they tampered in god’s domain” style apocalypse. It’s not to say that either of these things is truly impossible exactly. It’s just that both of them are so obscenely over-simplistic, and have been repeated by so many people and stories that it makes me want to scream.

    A lot of the times, if I hear someone start a sentence with “In the future–” and then they put that pause in there–they always put that dramatic pause in there. I finish their sentence with the line from the lame avant garde character from GTA: Vice City: “In the future–there will be robots.”

    Again: it’s fun to make predictions about the future. But I’ve already heard/read/seen both the “gee whiz” everything’s perfect future prediction and the dire tech-opolypse prediction. Both are boring. If you wanna tell me a story about the future, please make it something plausible, interesting, and (at least partially) original.

    Furry cows moo and decompress.

  13. That interview was repulsive. I fucking wanted to slap both of those scammers.

    So, let’s get this straight, Jeff Walker went skiing, (and he explained painstakingly that first he went up the mountain and then he went down, that was to help those who don’t ski to understand the sport),and he ate an orange. That brought him to an epiphany: no king could do that! No matter how wealthy, Jeff informed us, no king could eat an orange in a snowy climate. Peter heartily agreed.

    Really? What about the orangeries the wealthy families of Europe had as early as 1600? By the middle of that century oranges were widely known in Europe. I doubt they were kept secret from the king. Oranges were grown in Spain in the 1100’s.

    Peter then tells us how incredibly lucky the poor are, well, today’s poor. They have toilets, hot showers, air-conditioning, many have cars, according to Pete. So what the fuck are they moaning and complaining about Pete would like to know.

    Really, Pete? You and Jeff checked these facts carefully, didn’t you? Then why does the New York Times report “2.6 Billion With No Place to Go (to the Toilet)”

    “..the International Year of Sanitation, which is intended to prod the world’s countries to stick to one of the targets set under the Millennium Development Goals in 2000 — cutting in half by 2015 the number of people who still lack toilet facilities.”

    “United Nations agencies estimate that the persistent lack of toilets and sewage treatment leads to the deaths of some 700,000 children a year from diarrhea and other avoidable ailments linked to fecal contamination.”

    And that air-conditioning they enjoy? Then why did the Earth Policy Institute report this:

    “Record Heat Wave in Europe Takes 35,000 Lives: Far Greater Losses May Lie Ahead
    Janet Larsen
    A record heat wave scorched Europe in August 2003, claiming an estimated 35,000 lives. In France alone, 14,802 people died from the searing temperatures—more than 19 times the death toll from the SARS epidemic worldwide. In the worst heat spell in decades, temperatures in France soared to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) and remained unusually high for two weeks.

    This summer’s high temperatures also hit other European countries. Germany saw some 7,000 people die from the heat. Spain and Italy each suffered heat-related losses of nearly 4,200 lives. The heat wave claimed at least 1,300 lives in Portugal and up to 1,400 lives in the Netherlands.

    In London—which on August 10th recorded its first triple-digit Fahrenheit temperature—an estimated 900 people died from the heat. Heat-related fatalities across the United Kingdom reached 2,045. In Belgium, temperatures higher than any in the Royal Meteorological Society’s register dating back to 1833 brought 150 deaths.”

    But Jeff Walker brags that he has never watched the news in his life, so I suppose his ignorance is understandable. Inexcuseable, but understandable. What’s Pete’s excuse?

    The whole interview is filled with this type of nonsense. Pete claims one single d.i.y. innovator can do more than any government, (spoken like a true right-winger), and that “technophilanthropists” are going to presumably pick up the slack. So, “let Bill Gates do it” is his amazing vision of the future?

    Then after he extolls the genius of the human race he informs us that our brains can’t tell the difference between bad news on the evening news and a tiger in our living rooms. (I guess he has 3-D and BluRay) Personally I’ve never had any trouble distinguishing between news from halfway around the world and an imminent attack from a bengal tiger, siberian tiger, sumatran tiger, malayan tiger, indochinese tiger, south china tiger or other large cat. But then I watch the news and Animal Planet.

    The end of the interview, predictably, is spent hard-selling Pete’s book. (Jeff tells us he too is writing a book!…And it’s hard!) They tell us to buy now for $1,200 worth of free gifts, discounts at Pete’s Wossamotta U fake school, etc.

    What a bunch of complete garbage.

    1. @Barbara,

      SD should consider making you a member of his research staff. You could get the desk right next to Debbie. The one near the window.

      That way we can all be guaranteed of getting repeated doses of your entertaining and worthwhile comments. SD might even let you post an article or two from time to time. But that’s his call… and Debbie’s.

      You’d make a great team though. The old one, two, knockout combination. These loser frauds would never see it coming. :-D

      1. @Irwin,

        If I even tried to sit at the desk by the window Debbie would scratch my eyes out, and she’s got those really scary press-on talons. But thank you for the kind words.

  14. They may not be able to cure what ails you, but it appears tricorders can now enable you to speak French in real time:

  15. Jeff Walker said the following on his blog in response to a reader’s comment on “Abundance”:

    “Angie: no problem… and you’re right, hidden in the big picture good news there is certainly plenty of suffering on the small picture. I definitely don’t want to come across as pollyanna with my head in the sand ignoring any bad news. But, as you pointed out, the bad news gets tons of attention – both due to the business model of big media and due to the way our brains work. Peter did a great job of pointing that out in the interview.”

    “Pollyanna with my head in the sand”…! Just fucking brilliant, Jeff. Are we to assume he knows an ostrich named Pollyanna? Or just that he can’t even get a common cliche right. And how about that “hidden” suffering “on the small picture”? Is English really your first language, Jeff?

    How “hidden” is suffering in the world today? Ever heard of something called the Arab Spring Jeff? Or how about the Occupy movement? It’s truly astonishing the level of ignorance this criminal displays. I guess when the only news you avail yourself of is that conveyed to you by other scammers bragging about how high they are on ‘shrooms this level of idiocy is to be expected.

    1. @Barbara ::

      “Pollyanna with my head in the sand” is pretty classic.

      “Don’t worry daddy … everything’s going to be just fine and awesome and the greatest forever and ever strawberries” … puts head in sand.

  16. Man sounds like you guys are into that alex jones fruitcake or something. you sound like him.

    what are you talking about the book is useless? I don’t think they made any claims about it being of any more use than an interesting read.

    heck even if it’s not entirely non-fiction. it’s a book! you will find worse books out there.

    far out you guys are going to die of stress before anything else. fricken nut jobs!

    1. @Michael ::

      Did you maybe miss the point?

      Maybe … so let me save you some embarrassment and explain that I’ve just asked you a sarcastic and rhetorical question which you most def should not try to answer.

      Your opinions are important to me … please enjoy some of the free tea and cakes.

  17. I know, lets just all become obsessed with doom and gloom. life sucks after all and we are helpless against it.

    lets not fix problems. lets dwell on them as much as possible and then spread the word. we are all doomed! the rich people are out to get us!

    come on everyone. join the cult. it’s so fun to live this way. look how happy we are talking about misery. We love it and want to keep it this way forever. We don’t like people who have dreams of something better. that’s evil talk.

    NOT!!!!! dam morons. if it sucks so much why don’t you do us all a favor and piss off already.

    lucky you haven’t seen any movies before because they often have happy endings. you would hate that. better start a blog about it. hollywood is lying to us. that is if you haven’t already.

    I’m gonna buy the book because I think I’ll enjoy it even if it’s half bullshit. I like to dream. doesn’t hurt anyone and it makes me feel good. it won’t bankrupt me if it turns out to be crap. I’ve spent more on a single meal.

    you morons can dream about the end of days or whatever floats your boat.

    1. @Michael, The “dam [sic] morons” on this forum are indeed dreaming about the end of days — the end of days for the scammers, that is. Among these scammers are the human remoras who glom onto the potentially semi-legitimate works of researchers/serious thinkers/”futurists,” and try to turn those works into a marketing tool for their own scams.

      Actually, the marketing of optimism is a common strategy used by hucksters and hustledorks everywhere, not only to sell their frauducts and flopportunities but also to attempt to discredit critics who see the emperor’s new wardrobe for what it really is. Contrived optimism is a tactic also used by cult leaders and autocratic regimes.

      Truth is, @Michael, optimism/pessimism is not a simple either-or condition, despite your own cult-like implications of a simple black-and-white scenario. It is actually possible to be hopeful for the future but realistic about (and sharply critical of) the scammers who only care about their own futures. You seem to be missing that huge gray area. But cult members and fans of scamming hustledorks often do miss the subtleties. (Not that I’m saying you are necessarily either one, but you sure write like a cult member or a sycophant of one of the scammers Salty writes about.)

      Now I’m just waiting for some others such as Mr. Fire to jump on the bandwagon to promote Dimandis’ work. If he thinks there’s a money/attention op in it for him he surely will.

      1. @Cosmic Connie ::

        Now I’m just waiting for some others such as Mr. Fire to jump on the bandwagon to promote Dimandis’ work.

        I’m thinking who jumps on this particular bandwagon will be based on who is paying to be in Joe Polish’s circle of circles. Just a lil’ guess by a good guesser.

        Circles of abundance FTW!

    2. @Michael,

      “I like to dream. doesn’t hurt anyone and it makes me feel good.”

      You might have just gone onto win yourself a position as scammers-perfect-target. They like going about selling bullshit dreams.

      1. @Jack ::

        @Michael should leave his telephone number so I can refer him to some peeps who are just so ridiculously optimistic … I’m sure they’ll live happily ever after in togetherness forever.

      2. @Jack,

        sorry everyone I just happened to click on my junk folder and noticed all these messages in there. junk filter know’s what’s going on!

        just had a quick browse, lol.

        so, what is the scam? it’s just a book. they are selling a book. how is that a scam? are books scams now?

        I bought the book by the way. haven’t read much yet. I don’t feel like I’ve been scammed though. it’s a real tangible book with words in it. I paid a little bit of money for it. am i mistaken? should I be upset that I’ve been had?? what do I do?

        I also paid to watch a movie last night for $7 and it was rubbish. I felt scammed by that as there was no warning that it was so crap. can you start a blog about it? it’s an evil scam. it’s called another earth. absolute garbage.

        also your website is shit. must be a scam. there is no warning that it’s so crap. can you start a blog about how shit this website is? it’s like opposite world or something. hope you all die soon :)

        1. @Michael,

          “hope you all die soon :)”

          That’s a psychotic comment, which pretty much makes you and your nutjob statements worth exactly zero. LOL.

          Don’t worry, if your mental age ever reaches 12, then maybe you’ll understand. Until then, go listen to your mommy and your psychiatrist.

        2. @Michael, nice work! Back when I first commented on this blog I read a bunch of stuff and tried to make sure I actually understood the point/message. I was fairly well informed when I made my first comment. But wow. You have showed me that it was such a waste of time. All that time I spent reading and and trying to understand salty droid’s arguments I could have just been blathering away! You’ve opened up a whole new world to me. I now feel such freedom to visit all kinds of websites and just give my opinions about stuff when I have no idea what the conversation is about. I think it will become my new motto: “Knowledge and understanding be damned! I’ve got opinions about stuff!” or “Screw context!” or “I don’t care what your point is, I’m going to make my argument whether it’s relevant or not!”

          1. @what the what,

            ” “I don’t care what your point is, I’m going to make my argument whether it’s relevant or not!””

            I like the idea – it sounds quick and easy.

          2. @what the what, Maybe you probably shouldn’t give out so much information for free when you could be selling it in an ebook.

  18. In just nine days this book has gone from zero Amazon reviews to sixty-three glowing, (and sounding suspiciously alike), reviews. Here’s a typical excerpt:

    “Full disclosure – This is one of the weirdest disclosures I’ve ever had to write. In short, between my declaration that I was going to read this book as part of my Club 52 project and this review, I’ve gotten to know Peter and have become part of a large (everyone in it because they love the message / not because we’re making a dime) marketing campaign to promote the book. If that affects your view of my review, so be it. I’d rather see the book get out there. However, read the review anyway ;-)”

    So since Paul Colligan made a disclosure that he’s part of a large marketing campaign for this book we’re supposed to believe his review is free of any bias. Seriously? Yes, because Paul is acting out of love and not greed, just like all internet marketers.

    Here’s an excerpt from a review mentioning S.D. that I find much more palatable to read:

    “Perhaps all you need to know about this book is that it is “promoted” by other snakeoil salesmen that normally inhabit the internet marketing world. You will read about this book on several popular blogs, because those blogs are part of a syndicate of internet marketers that promote each other’s crappy products. These are people who knowingly associate with pedophiles and run boiler rooms to scam old ladies out of their pensions. And no I am not exaggerating on those last two points. Those of you who need more info can find it by googling salty droid (it’s free and will educate you more than this book ever will).”

    Nicely put, simple and to the point.

      1. @SD,

        You’re not supposed to admit that!

        All, right, I’m gonna take one for the team and read the damn book. I’ve requested it via interlibrary loan. If you don’t hear from me after next week, please send one of those cult deprogrammer people.

    1. @Barbara, @SD, Alas, one of my favorite skeptics’ groups is getting behind “Abundance” in a big way too. I normally admire the work of Michael Shermer, but he’s giving glowing reviews (and a lot of space in his e-Skeptic newsletter) to “Abundance.” I will concede that there may indeed be such a thing as rational optimism, but “Abundance” has too much hustledork slime on it now for me to be able to really take it seriously.

      And that’s not even getting into any issues about the book’s questionable message that technology and human ingenuity will somehow fix everything. In his review of “Abundance” Shermer summarizes the list of three forces that make the future look so bright that we’ll all have to wear shades. This one struck me in particular:

      “The bottom billion, the poorest of the poor who have nowhere to go but up, as they become plugged into the global economy through micro-financing and the Internet will lift all boats with them as they work toward having clean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalized education, top-tier medical care, and ubiquitous energy. Don’t think of seven billion people as too many mouths to feed; think of them as seven billion brains who can think about solving heretofore insoluble problems.”

      Yeah, maybe… but then again, maybe we’ll f–k it up, as humans are wont to do, and the Earth will eventually shake us all off like a bad set of fleas (to invoke the late great George Carlin). Until then, we’ll have a few genuine philanthropists who will do some good. We’ll have geniuses who seemingly come from nowhere with astonishing inventions that may improve life for a few or for many. But we’ll also have countless conspicuous altruists with their phony foundations who are great at raising money and attention for themselves, but are doing more harm than good in the world. And Salty, unfortunately, will continue to have things to blog about.

      1. @Cosmic Connie ::

        I don’t see how “nowhere to go but up” applies to anyone but the dead.

        Forward me the Shermer thing if possible.

        For the record … Jason was going to read this book before it appeared in the fake robot’s email box under a filter labeled “Spam From Targets” … and he’s read all of Ray Kurzweil’s books. Even if you don’t buy the utopian outlook the idea of accelerating change is fascinating.

        The info machine humanity is building might be more important than humanity … when it wakes up fuck knows what will happen. That’s why “singularity” is such a good description … the point beyond which nothing can be known from our current frame of reference.

        Which is why I think “Singularity University” is kind of oxymoronic … and also regular moronic … but that’s a whole other thing.

        1. @SD, I just forwarded the eSkeptic newsletter with Shermer’s review. And I agree that the idea of accelerating change is intriguing. That was a major theme in Alvin Toffler’s “Future Shock,” which Barbara mentioned above, and that was written more than 40 years ago. Ten years later Toffler published another futurist book, “The Third Wave.” I guess you could now call Toffler a retro-futurist, which sounds less moronic than Singularity U for sure.

      2. @Cosmic Connie,

        I read Shermer’s review in the Wall Street Journal. I thought it was damn near useless. It’s full of crap like this:

        “They lay out a plausible road map, discussing, among other things, the benefits of do-it-yourself tinkering—and the growing willingness of techno-philanthropists like Bill Gates to tackle real-world problems.”

        D. I. Y. “tinkering” ( by the way, a word only your Grandpa should actually use), and let Bill Gates do it is a plausible road map? That dross and warning us of “corrupt dictators”, “gloomy environmentalists” and more talk about that fictional Masai warrior make up the bulk of this ass-licking review. What the fuck is with that ridiculous preoccupation with the Masai warrior? Does someone have black man envy? (I’m talking to you, Peter.)

    2. @Barbara, What is unbelievable are the reponses TO that comment you quoted. Most of them don’t even address the comment – they are just MORE smokescreen p.r. for that crappy book, attempting to obfuscate the criticism. What a load of b.s.!

  19. I’ve always thought Ray Kurzweil was a huckster. Complete and utter huckster. He made his fortune with some pretty ingenious inventions in the 70’s and 80’s and then made his transition into professional snake oil sales.

    “In the future we’ll be able to live forever!”

    “In the future we’ll all have a connected “hive mind” with access to the complete body of human knowledge and intelligence!”

    “In the future nano-technology will give us the means to prevent or heal all disease and ailments.”

    “I’m a genius. You can believe me.”

    These are pretty much the core promises of all scam artists and hustlers from the beginning of time (Live forever, enlightenment, freedom from sickness & disease.)

    Cons like Kurzweil are some of the most frightening to me because they have more “credibility” from past legitimate successes. It seems to me that the higher level snakes start out really busting their asses at legitimate endeavors, make an initial fortune, and then decide, “Hey,all this legitimate hard work stuff is for the birds. Time to become a “futurist,” motivational speaker, “consultant,” “coach,” etc and make a fortune selling the dream and possibly become a celebrity along the way. The biggest (and most pathetic) example to me is Donald Trump. I hope Diamandis will think twice before going further down this road.

    As a deist non-believer I’ve always found something both ironic and humorous about Kurzweil’s following. Let the Christian fundamentalists preach about the possibility of eternal life through their God and all the “free thinkers” out there will ridicule them for believing in childish fairy tales. But let a scientist or “futurist” promise eternal life and the same people will eat up every word. Deep down I think we all wish there was some way to escape death, the extraordinary difficulty of life and work, sickness, sadness, etc. The vampires of society know how to exploit this wishful thinking…and they also know exactly which “hook” to use to draw in their audience – whether it be the spirituality hook, the abundance/money hook, or in more recent years the science/tech hook.

    I bring this up not to bash the futurist movement or religion, but to point out that we’re all susceptible to these conmen. The scary part is, they really are everywhere. It helps to “know thyself” and always be on the lookout for how speakers, experts, and authors like to pander, groom, manipulate, and ultimately exploit our sensibilities, biases, and beliefs. Trust No One really does seem to be the rule of the day. Sadly.

    1. @ThisIsCrazy,

      did anyone here even read the book? this is so much ado about nothing. i kept reading cuz i thought i would learn SOMETHING, but alas, nada. i dont know why you all hate diamandis. maybe the guy who works for him could give us something tangible. you obviously have some personal experience with this jeff guy but youre bashing and trashing something you havent read and some author you dont know. weird. for the record i think humans are toast and i think technology is boring but id read the book before i opined ad naseum about it. go ahead label me loser i wont be back to check.

    2. @ThisIsCrazy,

      did anyone here even read the book? this is so much ado about nothing. i kept reading cuz i thought i would learn SOMETHING, but alas, nada. i dont know why you all hate diamandis. maybe the guy who works for him could give us something tangible. you obviously have some personal experience with this jeff guy but youre bashing and trashing something you havent read and some author you dont know. weird. for the record i think humans are toast and i think technology is boring but id read the book before i opined ad naseum about it. what are you so afraid of? go ahead label me loser i wont be back to check.

      1. @sue,

        Well, I was gonna tell you that I waited weeks to get the book from the library, and when I finally got it I was rather busy and didn’t have time to read much past what I’d already read on the Amazon Look Inside preview. And I was gonna remind you that in the first comment on this post I said i appeared to be a “completely genuine, respectable book,” and in the third comment on this post @realestateguru said, “It’s actually really good.” Because this post isn’t about the content of the book; it’s about dancing with the Devil, as @realestateguru said, and hiring a bunch of scammy douchebags to promote the book.

        But it’s obvious from your comment that you didn’t even read the first comment on this post. (Did you even read the post?) You just came in and got your feathers ruffles. And you’re not even going to come back and check my honest, reasonable response. So you can just fuck off now. I hope the imaginary angry ducks get you.

  20. I work for this clown, and I have to say, he’s all talk. The truth is, we will figure out how to make the planet sustain our population…after bird flu wipes out 30-40% of the population. It’ll be like starting with a clean slate. But there’s still areas that will be SOL because people are greedy (sorry Africa).
    And to top it all off, he used his nonprofit to promote a book that only he profits off of. Talk about unethical.

    1. @T.H. ::

      Ha! That’s funny :: well it’s not funny at all really … but it’s funny that you should say it.

      It’s too bad he’s not better at talk if he want’s to be all talk.

      Hopefully this is getting passed around the interoffice email-facebooks. You can’t imagine the shocking horror of the “people” he’s attached himself to in order to pimp this dumb book … and whatever else he thinks he’s getting out of these evil dumb dumbs.

  21. Ray Kurzweil is so annoying.

    He puts his finger on it when he realizes we’ll reach a point when technology, including probably some form of AI, will exceed human capability and we won’t be able to predict the future in any reasonable way. But somehow he thinks that us, the dominant species on the planet because of our higher intelligence, will be just fine when we create something more intelligent than us, which can increase its own intelligence(s) at will, exponentially. And we’ll be able to control this super-intelligence, no doubt having used our great human capacity for foresight to program it properly.

    Uh huh.

    He’s very smart, and he’s such a complete dumbass.

    1. @Christoph Dollis,

      Christoph that’s a good point, but the idea is that we won’t have to control the super intelligence because it will be us.

      it may be hard to think about at first but think of cyborgs. that’s where we’re headed. although not necessarily like what movies have shown.

      but put another way, normal people like all of us today who do not choose to “upgrade” as technology permits will ultimately not stand a chance should they decide to wage a war.

      with that said, they are all just theories and it’s important to understand that. no one really knows how the future will play out.

      You say Ray is a complete dumbass but yet you don’t explain your own opinion of what You think will happen. it’s easy to criticize.

      so what do you think will happen? where do you think Ray went wrong in this theories?

      and are you saying that technology is just going to stop? maybe it won’t go as fast as Ray is suggesting. maybe some of the things won’t happen in our life time but one day technology will reach a point like what he’s talking about like it or not. how can you prevent it??

      sorry I’m just confused people. what’s the scam???

      1. @Michael,

        how can you prevent it??

        Can’t. It’s an emergent phenomena with multiple, divergent groups around the world working on it in a population of 7,000,000,000+ people and instant access to extensive information via the internet, etc., plus access to more powerful computers all the time.

        You ain’t going to prevent squat.

      2. @Michael,

        I should have said diverse, largely convergent groups, rather than divergent groups.

  22. @EricG,

    Ah, dude that sucks. Man these disreputable f*ckwits get their fingers into everything! I like to think of the TED talks as this cool thing with the exchange of new, fresh valuable ideas. But then we’ve got Captain Gee Whiz Abundance there taking up valuable time.

    I mean, dude, I could preach the sermon of abundance for the future. or I could preach about how we’re all gonna die and the gray goo [catb.org] is gonna take over the Earth.

    Both visions are just extravagant fever dream style extrapolations from the present. Neither is likely to happen in their extreme form. And both of them are really, really boring. (IMHO)

    Firefly (less the intergalactic space travel and cowboy hats) seems a more realistic portrayal of what our future has in store. Lots of networks, neat-o smart paper and all that, but only the very few and very privileged get to live that life.

    The rest just make do. And that’s how it has always been. The difference is that now we can at least talk about the idea of getting some kind of telcoms out to those 3rd worlders. It’s progress, sure. But it still doesn’t change the fact that they have no clean water or that their NGOs keep screwing them over only slightly less badly than the inept and flaccid government or that they have electricity maybe three hours a day.

    And what about over here? I don’t things are exactly hunky dory when bums live in the street and my wife has a whole bunch of unpaid medical bills.

    Abundance. Yeah. Salty called it. Abundance of BULLSHIT.

    And yet, some how in spite of my cynicism and all the stupid Diamandis’s promising a halo-effect tomorrow. Somehow I have to believe in a better world.

    It’s challenging. But I get by. The cows help and the silly geek stuff help a lot with the getting by. expecto patronum

    Furry cows moo and decompress.

    My petronus is a Big, Furry, Cow. It explodes for no adequately explored reason.

  23. I’m in the middle of Abundance, and I am reminded of when I was in the middle of The Limits to growth by the Club of Rome a few decades back.

    There’s some truth and some great stories and a chunk of extrapolation too. But the point which Diamandis makes is abundantly clear (!): we have come a long way baby, and tomorrow is looking good especially for the have nots, the rising billion.

    It amazes me that we lose 2.2 million folks to BAD WATER, but I guess it shouldn’t.

    I imagine plunking some kings and queens from justa couple of hundred years ago into a WalMart today and watching them explode from seeing all the cool toys, going to the bathroom with flush toilets and drinking clean water from a fountain.

  24. what a bullshit website, clearly owned by the same motherfuckers…
    you did a poor job creating your own enemy

    1. @bulshit ::

      Good read genius.

      You should start touring with the circus :: you could have your own booth called “Terrible Intuition” … where you show people how fucking impressively wrong you can be at guessing.

  25. Carole Cadwalladr writes:

    Earlier this year, I attended a weekend organised by the Singularity University, a sort of Silicon Valley thinktank co-founded by the futurist Ray Kurzweil and the founder of the X prize, Pete Diamandis, and after presentations by Craig Venter, who sequenced the human genome, and Vint Cerf, the “father of the internet”, a voice down the front asked a question.

    “I’ve been sitting here listening to how in 20 years’ time my niece is going to be dumber than my cellphone. But how are you going to take this into the ghetto?” It was Will.i.am. “That’s what I want to know.”

    Care for a game of “Six Degrees of Will.i.am”?

    Will.i.am – Peter Diamandis – Joe Polish – Mike FilsaimeProsper CEO Randy GarnMitt Romney

    1. @Jack,

      I made it to the ten minute mark of that interview but I couldn’t listen to any more.

      Diamandis is so full of shit I don’t know where to begin. In his book he writes glowingly about how robots will serve as “robo-nurses” and take care of the elderly,provide them with emotional support, healthy social interactions, take them to the bathroom, etc.

      Not to insult the Droid, but do you really think a robo-nurse will be a source of comfort to any lonely resident of a nursing home? And as far as taking them to the bathroom, I hope they program them to know what “Ow, my hip!” means, you can’t just deposit old people on the john like Bender does with a load of bendable steel.

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