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)
University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.
...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.
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.
All of it
Exciting and Educational
it is very exciting
to many to say, but there are a few sections that just hit home with events currently going on around me.
Nonfiction book listener. Part of nonfiction book club.
#1 or #2
so many - hard to recollect
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.
Inspired life-navigator, self employed twenty-something, a-book-a-week-minimum-listener, loyal sweetie to my family& buddha loving do-gooder
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.
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.
Abundance casts the problems facing our world as technological challenges that must be overcome and shows us how much progress has already been achieved. After listening to this book, the most striking idea I retain is the one of adjacent possibilities. I.e. the invention of the carriage, the car, roller skates etc., became possible, once the wheel had been invented. And the second was how technology dematerializes and de-monetizes many things, for instance, a smartphone makes a camera, a watch, an encyclopedia and many other objects redundant. It was a great listen. The narrator was very good. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who wonders how humans will cope with the many challenges we face.
Intelegent, Inspiring, Positive
The fact based reserch presented in a well thought out and relevent framework about how we humans can will save the world.
Hs timing and pause for effect
Exponential growth of technology
I would recomend this book to anyintelegent forward thinker.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Quantifiable reasons for hope for the future.
Techinal research supporting the thesis.
Done so well I never noticed it.
Rational optimism for a world drowing in despaire.
Good read for those tired of hearing from those who make a living predicting 19 of the next three disasters.
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