Is the world actually getting worse, or are our minds hardwired by evolution to pay acute attention to the negative as a way of survival?

There are some good news TED Talks that present some astounding data about the future!

In the TED Talk we’re featuring today, we’ll discover some statistics that show how much better the world has really become (it’s actually very astounding) and we’ll be introduced to a handful of the amazing innovations that have and will contribute to our well being in amazing ways.

This Ever Widening Circles article is typical of the things our community shares: people and innovations that are slipping through the mainstream cracks that deserve more recognition for their efforts and effects on our lives.

Peter Diamandis runs the X Prize Foundation, which offers large cash incentive prizes to inventors who can solve grand challenges like space flight, low-cost mobile medical diagnostics, and oil spill cleanup. Using remarkable data and insight, Diamandis’s TED Talk proves we have the tools to solve the world’s grand challenges, and then leaves us with a roadmap for the future.

Take a few minutes for this one. Allow Mr. Diamandis to help us rethink our worldview and present us with a way to put all that we hear from the news headlines into perspective. Enjoy!

Via: TED 1

Is our unhappiness a factor of our expectations? As things get better, we so quickly raise the bar that we barely notice the progress. But there is progress!

To be clear, we aren’t saying that what’s being reported on the evening news isn’t important. We need to be clued into the problems, they deserve our attention, but we’re wondering, how did us knowing about and reacting to these situations become more important than discovering what’s being developed to help ease them? Why is the focus put on doom instead of all of the possibility that’s around us?

Technology now allows dozens of new companies to touch billions of lives.

Through good times and bad times, we are actually making progress on our grand challenges. Just take a look at just some of the amazing people and companies out there that we’ve featured, who are working to make the world better through innovation:

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Sustainable Energy from Algae and Much More!

As we argue about the future of our fuel sources, we may be swimming right past the answer! Algae can produce Sustainable Energy and much more!

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14 minutes

Helping the Blind See With Their Tongues

Have you heard of the device that uses the tongue to transmit visual information to the brain? Today, we'll take a look at the lives of Andy and Erik to see the potential in this amazing innovation!

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How Paper Tools will Change the World

When it comes to innovations that will change the world, shouldn't we consider how many hands will have access to them? Check out this brilliant TED Talk from Manu Prakash, one of the remarkable brains behind the paper technologies of the future that will revolutionize how we think about science!

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No one could have ever predicted most of the things we feature in our daily articles. It really is an amazing world!

Make it a great day. Stay open, stay curious, and stay hopeful.

~ Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. Diamandis, Peter. “Peter Diamandis: Abundance Is Our Future.” YouTube. TED, 29 Feb. 2012. Web. 4 June 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BltRufe5kkI>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.