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.
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"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)
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.
l'enfer c'est les autres
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.
Even listening to this now sounds like a step back into the past a couple of years. The core premise still holds but it's draped in examples that are very point-in-time. Also, the author toots his own horn a little too much near the end.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Yes things have gotten better over the last 100 years. The last 20 years have reaped benefits but are we changing too fast. Are the opportunities we work for going to be there? I had to learn, relearn software umping times just to stay in the game, I don't believe it has made me more productive or given me any real rewards, if anything I am now a commodity. There is no life and death moments we have to deal with in our modern world in everyday life and this is good, but it has also brought a slow death from being over taxed, demands to perform and dance to the bean counters rhythm. I think the future is different and some like in the past will thrive and others will not. What we surrender could be worth more than the benefits we gain. The future is not better it is very different and I am not ready for it, in fact I don't know how or what to get ready for; so my future is not good at all.
great to finally read this book that sets out the open mind needed to know that everything is possible. the way to make it possible is only clear when setting out to go and get it.
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Great uplifting and inspiring book! I recommend reading this before reading their second book bold. I did it the other way around and there is a lot of information that is the same especially when Peter are talking about the x price. If you have to choose read Bold! But this is still a great book and well worth your time
Perspective is interesting and very much needed.... You might not believe all that it says but it puts a credible seed of curiosity for pushing positive rather than accepting the negative.
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