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)
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.
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.
I love (audio)books.
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
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