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)
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.
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.
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.
I believe this is a good book if you want to see what is going on out side of your daily circle.
Farm towers. I had never thought of farming vertically.
NA- it is a narration.
I listen to the book in two day I believe.
Good book. I was familiar with much of the data presented but I would recommend it.
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.
Letting the rest of the world go by
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.
The optimism for the future!
No I haven't. His voice is very easy to listen to. Great reader!
The whole book was one "WOW" after another! The technology that is on it's way is too freaking amazing to even begin to comprehend! It makes me excited to see people open sourcing things and basically doing "worldwide mastermind groups"! I hope the world will start working together more and more. Wouldn't that be wonderful! I felt "hopeful" for my children's future for the first time in a long time while listening to this book.
I have recommended this book to many clients.
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.
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