I see how human ingenuity and new technologies have eliminated previously insoluble problems once we stand back and let free markets do what they do best: direct the allocation of capital to find a solution.
By that, I am referring to computers, connectivity, GPS, fiber, the cloud, and all things made of, or influenced by, silicon—the entire bundle of technologies relating to computation and communication.
To lay the foundation for those arguments, I offer five simple premises—optimistic yet realistic assertions about the predictive nature of history, the infinite promise of technology, and the power of humanity to wield new technologies to create the next Golden Age.
The mark of these technologies is that they are greeted with universal skepticism at first.
We often see other technologies race toward a point and then stop growing along that axis.
Today we have the Internet and all its associated technologies, vastly more versatile, almost infinite in possibility.
The power of the Internet and associated technologies we have so far described, combined with our new understanding of the genome, dooms disease to eventual extinction.
The benefit of some technologies will be exponential, dramatically enriching the already rich.
As technology enters its explosive period of growth, with the Internet and associated technologies flourishing in a Moore's-Law-like manner, it will create immense amounts of wealth.
As we consider how the Internet and related technologies can end hunger, it is necessary to address the issues of food and nutrition—including why they are so divisive.
Some methods and technologies that show promise to end famine are controversial.
In lean years, the economics of using fertilizer, diesel-powered irrigation, and other technologies that involve out-of-pocket expense simply don't work.
Rather than lump genomics and genetically modified organisms (GMO) into the upcoming chapter where I list technologies that will transform agriculture, I chose to address them here because a topic so controversial and misunderstood warrants extra time to sort through.
As we have reasoned, when the Internet and related technologies help bring an end to poverty, the end of poverty will largely solve the problem of hunger.
But the end of hunger also will be hastened by a host of Internet technologies that will dramatically change agriculture.
If this sounds absurd, at present it is—but in the future, the price of technologies to do this will fall to nearly zero.
It's more like silver buckshot: a whole volley of meaningful, contributory uses of the Internet and associated technologies that will, acting together, bring about the end of war once and for all.
If my claim that the Internet and related technologies will bring an end to war seems dubious at first glance, subsequent glances may leave you even more doubtful.
But along with wealth, these technologies bring information and thereby sow the seeds of their undoing.