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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.

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    John United States 12-26-13
    John United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Abundance to be better than the print version?

    Yes, but I always prefer audio over text.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The X-Prise challenges and how they always outperform the well funded groups made up of "the smartest people".


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    Justin Massion Encino, CA, United States 12-16-13
    Justin Massion Encino, CA, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2013

    Entrepreneur, Designer, Film-Maker, Fundraiser, Growth Hacker, Artist

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    "Leaves you thankful for reading it"
    What did you love best about Abundance?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The explanation of SpaceX prize and the contest behind Charles Lindbergh's famous flight


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to visiting Singularity University

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    jeffrey m. newsome 11-24-13
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    "Refreshing"
    What made the experience of listening to Abundance the most enjoyable?

    This book is an antidote to the pessimism that surrounds us. It points out that stuff is actually getting better.


    What aspect of Arthur Morey’s performance would you have changed?

    Mr. Morey sounds like a recorded voice from an old answering machine, especially at first.


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    Ryan Nepean, Ontario, Canada 11-21-13
    Ryan Nepean, Ontario, Canada 11-21-13 Member Since 2013

    University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.

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    "An Interesting Look into the Future"

    ...but it's solutions are just a touch grand.

    I found the future scientific and technical elements of the book to be very interesting. The future will be very cool and I believe that despite man's best efforts to destroy our planet in record time, that we'll develop the technology to survive well into the future. However, I found many of the prescriptions to be over stated. Prescribing the future of how we'll solve the world's food and water crisis is like predicting the stock market. 95% of people get it wrong - really badly. I appreciate the effort that the authors made but I found their suggestions of how to resolve the planet's issues unrealistic and just a tad elitist. But that's probably just me.

    I got this title on sale so it was totally worth it. Unless you're really keen on how to save the world, you're better off on investing your hard earned credit on another one of your guilty pleasures.

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    Karl Redmond, WA, United States 07-12-13
    Karl Redmond, WA, United States 07-12-13
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    Where does Abundance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a top listen. Refreshing perspective, focus on possibility, clever and concise content. One of those books to keep in your library and listen to over again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abundance?

    All of it


    Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Matthew 07-10-13
    Matthew 07-10-13
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    "Excellent! I highly Recommend this book!"
    If you could sum up Abundance in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting and Educational


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    it is very exciting


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    to many to say, but there are a few sections that just hit home with events currently going on around me.


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    Ritesh Patel Solana Beach, CA 05-25-13
    Ritesh Patel Solana Beach, CA 05-25-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Maybe the best book i have ever read"
    Where does Abundance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1 or #2


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abundance?

    so many - hard to recollect


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    again many amazing parts in here, really like nearly all of it. Really liked the part about our amigdala and how it stops us from believing in abundance, and that we can solve the big problems of our world today.


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    Julia FLORISSANT, MO, United States 05-22-13
    Julia FLORISSANT, MO, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Inspired life-navigator, self employed twenty-something, a-book-a-week-minimum-listener, loyal sweetie to my family& buddha loving do-gooder

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    "Looked Up This Book After Seeing Authors TED Talk"

    And it did not disappoint. This author helped to found the Singularity University with Ray Kurzweil, hyper intelligent- he lays out examples of aspects of a very attainable abundant future of mankind and also gives insights to how we make these possibilities a reality. If you have ever found yourself saying "There has to be a way! But how?" in the face of todays surmounting global challenges, this books shows you a plethora of up and coming technologies that have every ability to change life as we know it, each in its own felt swoop. It is refreshing and inspiring to hear someone of such knowledge and background giving a voice to hope & optimism today.

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    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 05-02-13
    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Future - not so bad; but what about now?"

    I think you should pair this book with Steven Pinker's "The Better Angels of Our Nature" which is referenced in this book. Both give reasons for optimism about the future. But in this book the rosy predictions don't feel as solid as in Pinker. Reason? Well, Pinker shows how violence is reduced today compared to the past. This book compares the future with the present. That's a harder sell. How can you convince me that there will be food for all in the future when that isn't true right this minute? In this book they talk about solutions that will just naturally come to past and I have to ask "then why don't we have some solutions now?" So color me skeptical in regards to this book. There is another book "To save everything, click here" by Evgeny Morozov which takes a decidedly different point of view. I haven't read Morozov because I want the buzz from "Abundance" to last a little while longer.

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