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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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    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-21-12
    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2015

    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.

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    "A very needed Positive Twist!"
    What made the experience of listening to Abundance the most enjoyable?

    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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    Rich & Ericka

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    "Really inspiring!"

    This book was much more practical and less techno-utopian than I expected. And I mean that in a good way!

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    Fijoro 07-14-15
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    Highly recommended book for everyone, specially for the pessimists!
    Highly inspirational and updated breakthroughs or the world!

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    Mitchel M.D. 07-09-15 Member Since 2014

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    Love Peter's work & also Kotler's book on flow. Highly recommend this book & look into Singularity.

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    John Funatake Portland, OR 07-01-15
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    "A technological basis for a brighter future"

    So many great breakthroughs lead to additional breakthroughs. We're on the cusp of transformative technologies but existing solutions have already been mind blowing. A great antidote to daily news.

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    Mark T Ryan Sydney 07-01-15
    Mark T Ryan Sydney 07-01-15 Member Since 2012

    Just a guy looking to fill the time gaps with fresh perspectives. Looking for insights that prompt glimpses of difference.

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    "The Future is Ours"

    Turn off the NEWS and read this book. A gift for the young and the young at heart

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    James C. Earley Minneapolis, MN 06-11-15
    James C. Earley Minneapolis, MN 06-11-15 Member Since 2002

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    If you would like to be amazed or have high schoolers or collegians hoping to find an inspiring career, read this book.

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    Leigh 06-09-15
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    The book is wonderful, but I feel like it's more of a textbook than a story. I really enjoyed listening, but at times I wanted to take notes of have a hard copy in front of me.

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    This book has inspired me to take action! I reccommend it to people that want to do things but don't know in which direction to apply their efforts.

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