I think this is an excellent book albeit perhaps a little optimistic. But maybe not. The author covers so many aspects of the economy, healthcare, engineering, computing, transportation...It is really a great read and an excellent contrast to the typical calamity-reporting media who would have you believe the world is ending any minute.
We as Earthlings have so many things to look forward to and this book covers so many of the with concrete examples. The book itself contains very few specific references, however, everything that I checked while reading the book checked out.