We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.
Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing - fast. The authors document how four forces - exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the technophilanthropist, and the rising billion - are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. Abundance establishes hard targets for change and lays out a strategic road map for governments, industry, and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.
Examining human need by category - water, food, energy, health care, education, and freedom - Diamandis and Kotler introduce dozens of innovators making great strides in each area: Larry Page, Stephen Hawking, Dean Kamen, Daniel Kahneman, Elon Musk, Bill Joy, Stewart Brand, Jeff Skoll, Ray Kurzweil, Ratan Tata, Craig Venter, and many, many others.
©2012 Peter H, Diamandis and Steven Kotler (P)2012 Tantor
"This engaging book is a needed corrective, a whirlwind tour of the latest developments in health care, agriculture, energy, and other fields as well as an introduction to thinkers and innovators such as Daniel Kahneman, Ray Kurzweil, and Craig Ventor." (Publishers Weekly)
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
As I finish listening to this book I keep thinking back to my trip to Disney World's Tomorrow Land and the ride with the animatronics singing "It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow," as I note how today was viewed from circa 1970-1980-something. There is a good bit of that in this book and it's one of the things that annoyed me while listening, that and trying to figure out who the first person (singular and plural) were.
I did appreciate the book covering the progress made worldwide with cell phones and making things cheaper, and safer with less violence. One section covers education and the Khan Academy. This is stuff I have heard before, and it really depends on if you are willing to hear it all again, if this is a good book or not. Most of the good news was in the first half of the book, but then it started to lag and bore me. It got so boring that I thought I wouldn't finish it.
There is a portion that is too theoretical for me, meaning a lot of 'possibilities' but not out there in the marketplace. This is the great big beautiful tomorrow filled with GMO crops grown in office parks, kidneys grown in labs, stuff that in someone's mind could save the world but the quality and feasibility goes untested.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
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.
Very uplifting. A great read for a new college student.
This book has made me think of so many possible future accomplishments. It inspires hope and brings to mind many fresh takes on what the future can hold.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of 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.
Eye opening on a lot of subjects, and a refreshing perspective for an optimist like me. I'm sure there are those from various fields who will nit pick at some of the details, but the idea is to get people thinking outside the box, in a problem solving mode.
He basically takes on a handful of subjects (a collection of the problems facing the world if you will), and presents information about what the innovators in those fields are doing to tackle seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The subject that I knew the most about here was food production, and I found his information to be reliable. Many will disagree on the GMO thing, but please don't dismiss the rest of the information if you do.
I've spent about 100 hours listening to Arthor Morey in the last year, and while his voice isn't the liveliest, he's very clear and never grates on my nerves.
This book left me feeling inspired and thinking about problem solving in a new way. I hope that the ideologues don't nay say it to death.
Reader And Listener
This book presents a far more optimistic take on current events than most in the genre. Entertainingly written, smoothly performed, and convincing in its belief that we as a species not only can think our way out of the worst we have done to ourselves, but are well on our way to doing so. Diamandis is an example to anyone.
Diamandis and Kotler do a fabulous job here of laying out some reasonable assertions about how the creative mind will continue to harness technology to make the world a better place. I'm looking forward to Abundance 2.0, because all of this stuff is moving very, very fast.
Private intellectual, writer, and retired academic. Currently R&D director for Gravitational Systems Engineering, Inc.
More that a bit self-satisfied, and glib with facts and statistics, this book opened my eyes to some amazing new technologies. The new information alone makes this book worth a listen. However, the authors missed the mark set by the title by a wide margin. Will technology really be able to save us, if we just wait long enough, and spend enough money? Only time will tell, although many of the innovations that these authors are so confident in will surely change the world...yet I fear that the changes will continue at a evolutionary as opposed to a revolutionary pace.
A good book that delivers a lot, albeit staged on a shaky premise.
We need to capture this kind optimism in the way we look at our nation today. This book gives the answers to question about the future like, where is our energy going to come from? Where is our food going to come from? How will our grandchildren get by if nothing changes? I can’t wait to see how much of the book comes true. This is a book I recommend.
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