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 would definitely recommend this to a friend who was feeling pessimistic about the future and needed a little pick me up to look at the better things to come.
Learning about how rare aluminum was just a couple hundred years ago in contrast to how "Abundant" it is today was somewhat of an eye opener.
Polished it off in 2 days while remaining active! Sparked dialogue. Peter Diamondis may be the key to bridging the gap between the possible and unsustainable paradigms. Still, there is a fatal omission, a lack of a precise conception of justice and a new social contract that would guarantee access to abundance, which is why a meeting between Diamondis and Norman Kurland needs to happen, else the deck of cards will likely fail.
With the media and most people so focused on the negative side of everything in the world, this book is a breath of fresh air! It really opens your eyes to how great the world is now and how much better it can become in the future. Many new technologies the authors touch on will blow your mind!
This book paints an exciting picture of a future that utilizes technology to transcend the endemic poverty that human has always known. Exciting breakthrough in technology hold limitless possibilities to increase quality of life for the developing world, and even worlds unknown as humans begin to embark on interplanetary exploration. Stimulating and full of great information. This book will restore your faith in humanity, or at least in technology's ability to access resources.
Easily one of the best books I've experienced in the past couple of years
I listened to it on my daily commute to work and it was like tuning in to a radio station from the future... a positive and hopeful future.
to getting out if the mess that 9 Billion humans impose on this tiny blue speck.
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