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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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    Eric Toronto, ON, Canada 01-30-13
    Eric Toronto, ON, Canada 01-30-13 Member Since 2008
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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 Thompson Station, TN, United States 07-17-12
    charlie Thompson Station, TN, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2010
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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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    Steven PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 05-21-12
    Steven PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Scientific Progress Marches On."

    This is a Great Look at how Scientific Progress has Made the World a Better Place in the past and will do so in the future.

    The authors have a real grasp of the science of the 21st Century and provide and interesting narrative for science and non-science aficionados alike.

    I'm not sure the immediate future will be as rosy as the author's think, but they provide a compelling case that over the long run science raises living standards for everyone.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Farien United States 03-21-14
    Farien United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2012

    I read so much more when I can listen to the books while getting ready and commuting to work. It makes my goal of reading more a breeze.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeroen Berkel en Rodenrijs, Netherlands 03-20-14
    Jeroen Berkel en Rodenrijs, Netherlands 03-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting, intriguing, but overly optimistic"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dominick Sioux City, SD, United States 03-16-14
    Dominick Sioux City, SD, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not What I Expected and Much Better!"
    If you could sum up Abundance in three words, what would they be?

    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).


    0 of 0 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

    An Audible FANATIC, brazilian writer, father of two and also a doctor. My passions are neuroscience and fiction, but I don't stop there.

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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.

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    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 02-06-14
    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Can't wait for this future!"

    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.

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    M WINTER PARK, FL, United States 02-06-14
    M WINTER PARK, FL, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    ".Kotler & Diamandis Deliver"
    What made the experience of listening to Abundance the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Abundance to and why?

    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'.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Future is Brighter Than You Think


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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