Support for bottom-up innovation

I was sent this link earlier in the week (thanks Victoria), and I have to say it was somewhat of a relief to read.  The link was to a New York Times review entitled “Doomsayers Beware, a Bright Future Beckons.”   The book being reviewed; The Rational Optimist.

The NYTimes article says:

“…from Stone Age seashells to the steam engine to the personal computer, innovation has mostly been a bottom-up process…with ideas spreading faster than ever on the Internet, Dr. Ridley expects bottom-up innovators to prevail. His prediction for the rest of the century: “Prosperity spreads, technology progresses, poverty declines, disease retreats, fecundity falls, happiness increases, violence atrophies, freedom grows, knowledge flourishes, the environment improves and wilderness expands.”

Well, that’s a nice way to end the week — hope for the future of the human race!

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