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Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think | [Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis]

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

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.
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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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    CHESTER LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 06-14-14
    CHESTER LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farien 03-21-14
    Farien 03-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "So many great inspiring ideas"
    What made the experience of listening to Abundance the most enjoyable?

    Very uplifting. A great read for a new college student.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 02-15-14
    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "Uplifting!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blake Portland, OR, United States 07-10-13
    Blake Portland, OR, United States 07-10-13
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    "A fun little book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lillian 07-10-13
    Lillian 07-10-13
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    "A wonderfully optimistic current events book"

    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.

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 05-29-13
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2002
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    "a very powerful glimpse"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Toronto, ON, Canada 01-30-13
    Eric Toronto, ON, Canada 01-30-13
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    "Paper thin treatment of a deep subject"

    I was ambivalent about this book until he started to get to technologies that I actually know something about, and then found myself shocked at how superficial and off the mark their treatment was. I actually strongly agree with the general thesis of this book, but they treat each individual technology they touch on as a done deal, something definite and inevitable.

    I stopped listening to this book around 2/5ths of the way through, as I just couldn't listen any further. I believe the future is going to be brighter than many pessimists think, and I do believe that new technologies will solve many problems that appear to be intractable today, but I find their discussion to be too certain of which specific technologies will succeed, and too certain that ALL of our problems will be solved.

    Would not recommend this book if you're looking for a serious treatment of a highly complex subject. Would recommend this book if you're looking for a superficial cheer-leading overview of a few specific technologies that may or may not pan out.

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    Jeffrey Petaluma, CA, United States 09-30-12
    Jeffrey Petaluma, CA, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Stop being so pessimistic"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    charlie 07-17-12
    charlie 07-17-12
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    "Full of insight"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I believe this is a good book if you want to see what is going on out side of your daily circle.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abundance?

    Farm towers. I had never thought of farming vertically.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    NA- it is a narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to the book in two day I believe.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. I was familiar with much of the data presented but I would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-21-12
    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2001

    Letting the rest of the world go by

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    "Best when he's not being a futurist."

    I enjoy the book except for the parts when he's being a futurist and he's trying to predict the future. Other than that, he has a lot to say and I enjoyed the book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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