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Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper


Robert Bryce


Penguin Group

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Penguin Group

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9781610395250

ISBN-10 1610395255


Number of Pages 400 Pages
Language English

In the face of today's environmental and economic challenges, doomsayers preach that the only way to stave off disaster is forhumans to reverse course: to deindustrialize, re-localize, ban the use of modern energy sources and forswear prosperity. But inthis provocative and optimistic rebuke to the catastrophists, Robert Bryce shows how innovation and the inexorable humandesire to make things Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper is providing consumers with Cheaper and more abundant energy,Fastercomputing, Lighter vehicles and myriad other goods. That same desire is fostering unprecedented prosperity, greater liberty and yes, better environmental protection. Utilizing on the ground reporting from Ottawa to Panama City and Pittsburgh toBakersfield, Bryce shows how we have, for centuries, been pushing for Smaller Faster solutions to our problems. From thevacuum tube, mass-produced fertilizer and the printing press to mobile phones, nanotech and advanced drill rigs, Brycedemonstrates how cutting edge companies and breakthrough technologies have created a world in which people are livinglonger, freer, healthier, lives than at any time in human history. The push toward Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper ishappening across multiple sectors. Bryce profiles innovative individuals and companies, from long established ones like Fordand Intel to upstarts like Aquion Energy and Khan Academy. and he zeroes in on the energy industry, proving that the futurebelongs to the high power density sources that can provide the enormous quantities of energy the world demands. The tools weneed to save the planet aren't to be found in the technologies or lifestyles of the past. Nor must we sacrifice prosperity andhuman progress to ensure our survival. The catastrophists have been wrong since the days of Thomas Malthus. This is the timeto embrace the innovators and businesses all over the world who are making things Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper.