Chet Yarbrough, an audio book addict, exercises two cocker spaniels twice a day with an Ipod in his pocket and earbuds in his ears. Hope these few reviews seduce the public into a similar obsession but walk safely and be aware of the unaware.
According to Peter Diamandis’ and Steven Kotler’s vision of the future, an environmental train wreck is not a fait acompli; i.e. the light at the end of the tunnel is not a train. Diamandis and Kotler suggest the light comes from an inexhaustible source of energy. They argue solar power, fission, and bio-fuels are coming to civilization’s rescue.
Looking at today’s environment, Diamandis’ and Kotler’s optimism seems distant but how wrong was Malthus and Neo-Malthusians like Paul Ehrlich? Technology does build bridges, and sometimes bash brains but history shows humankind continues to forge ahead. Life has never been easy but how much better off are Americans today than they were in 1789? “Abundance” is a hopeful book written by a knowledgeable engineer and physician, and a persuasive essayist.
The future that Steven Kotler and Peter Diamandis describe sounds amazing.
I do feel that they are overly optimistic though and a bit blind for the possible setbacks.
They discuss the Arab Spring, but not the war in Syria. So they cherry pick the news they like and that fits their story. This makes the story a bit flawed in my view. Incorporating the current setbacks and explaining them in the context of their story would have made the story much more powerful.
I truly hope that their ideas about the coming abundance in Water, Food, Energy, Education, Healthcare and Freedom will come true. But I am afraid that there are too many powerful people and companies that have too much interest in keeping the current status quo intact.
Another flaw in their reasoning in my view is that they expect Moore's Law and exponential growth to apply to each field they discuss. I hope that in a few area's this might be true. But I also think that most progress in these field will turn out to be slow, linear progress and not exponential at all.
I hope that I am wrong though! :-)
Overall I will rate this book with four stars since I really did enjoy the story, it gives a lot of hope for the future!
As a last note, the writers do a lot of number crunching in this book. I found it a lot harder to stay focused listening to this, then I would have had I been reading it I think.
I have listened to this book 3 times and bring it up in conversations often. What I thought would be a book about me having abundance is in fact a book about the entire world having abundance thanks largely to technology and innovation. The way the book is written and framed though, makes me look at my life differently. For example, getting the distinction between scarcity versus inaccessibility. I can look at things (like having "enough" money) as an accessibility problem instead of a scarcity problem. It becomes much more solvable when reframed that way. (And yes, I guess I have turned this into a book about my abundance.)
The technologies and creativity covered in this book take what used to be a scarcity (like enough potable water for the entire world's population) and make them accessible things that were once inaccessible (like using the 97% of the Earth's salt water and being able to turn it into drinkable water).
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite my short time.
One of the best book I read in a long time. Peter Diamandis is a great guy, with tons of baggage and Abundance shows how interesting the future will be. I liked so much the listening that I was making free marketing for this book. Give it a try and you will see how Abundance will change your perspective.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I enjoyed this book and thought it was a great listen.
There is so much going on in the world that we never hear about in the newspapers or on television. Science is alive and well around the world.
The book takes you through several categories: water, transportation, medicine, longevity, etc. and tells you what scientists are working on.
Some of the things I remember are a compostable toilet, clean water makers, solar panels in your windows, stem cell work so that drugs will be made just for you, and a smaller battery so that storage of solar and wind would be more feasible.
They even changed my thoughts on nuclear power. The 4th generation is a lot safer than I ever imagined.
Great book that makes you want to learn more, always an excellent outcome on any non fiction work.
I wanted some good news for a change. And I got it. In clear and accessible language, the book fairly brims with possibility without becoming pie in the sky. It gives me hope that my children and theirs may enjoy a life unrecognizable from where we stand now...and in a very good way.
Anything by TED speakers and Plan B. The Undercover Economist is another that explains a great deal, in ways most brains don't pursue. All three of these take us from the here to the what if? with good science, optimism and a healthy dose of 'not necessarily the news'.
The Future is Brighter Than You Think
It's nice to get some encouragement that we can still step back from the brink and take one of many new paths...instead of simply retracing our steps.
Yes, but I always prefer audio over text.
The X-Prise challenges and how they always outperform the well funded groups made up of "the smartest people".
Yes, there were some very interesting "facts" but the value was mitigated by a healthy dose of progressive politics injected into the dialog from time to time.
Entrepreneur, Designer, Film-Maker, Fundraiser, Growth Hacker, Artist
Peter does a tremendous job of introducing futuristic new markets in an incredibly simple to understand way. Using a series of examples, he properly crafts a narrative that helps you understand exactly how the future is getting better.
I got to learn about a wide range of technologies and concepts all within one book. Over population, computers, water scarcity and purification, genomics, quality of life, life expectancy etc. etc. etc.
The explanation of SpaceX prize and the contest behind Charles Lindbergh's famous flight
I look forward to visiting Singularity University
This book is an antidote to the pessimism that surrounds us. It points out that stuff is actually getting better.
Mr. Morey sounds like a recorded voice from an old answering machine, especially at first.