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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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    Brett Texas 03-05-15
    Brett Texas 03-05-15
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    "Excellent listen!"

    Great piece of writing. Lots of well done research with some wonderful information about water, future tech, health and more. I learned quite a bit.

    I had originally heard Peter in a podcast with Tim ferris and had to get this book. It was well worth it.

    There were some areas of particular interest. Regarding health, here I thought things were over for us health wise but he convinced me otherwise. Hearing about how much of an impact health made on third world countries, it's incredible.

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    ThePinkGeologist 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "From cynic to centered - optimism for grownups!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Abundance to be better than the print version?

    I don't know because I haven't read the print version - however, I can do it while I drive, so I'll venture to guess "yes."


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    This is an excellent book. I must admit, I am, by nature, quite a cynic. I look at our future and I see dirty air, dirty water, a culture moving towards dependence, ignorance, selfishness, self-interest and petty concerns that take the centerstage while Rome is burning ...

    I often wonder what my children and their children will have left.

    This book is a reminder that history is cyclical, and we will peak again and again, no matter how deep the valley may look. I love the introduction to specific technologies that are able to do things that frankly amaze me. And I am a scientist.

    The future may look a lot brighter then I have been wont to hope.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    Honestly, he is a B reader, but the material carried it.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The existence of the Slingshot water filtration system.


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    Mark Littleton, MA, United States 02-23-15
    Mark Littleton, MA, United States 02-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Realistic Approach Makes the Optimism Better!"

    As this book progresses, some pie-in-the-sky hopes for the immediate future will be dashed, but the realistic look at what _needs_ more abundance, and how we can get there, just make my look-out for the future even better, knowing it all _can_ be done.

    While narrator Arthur Morey is delivering what could have been a dry list of facts and anecdotes, he successfully catches the excitement of what this all could mean for humanity.

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    Balco Bulls 02-22-15
    Balco Bulls 02-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must listen!"

    When you think of the future, more negative than positive is thought of, from lack of food and water to more illnesses and hardships...this book will motivate you fit the future!

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    Charlotte Sioux City, IA, United States 02-05-15
    Charlotte Sioux City, IA, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "POLITICAL PROPAGANDA AT ITS BEST!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Content without a political agenda. Authors have no sense of patriotism, except for their political party, and no respect for the integrity of anyone who doesn't vote their way.


    Has Abundance turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, if the authors can't leave politics out of their future problem solving scenarios they are asking only half of the world to participate in making the world a better place for all.


    What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great research! Interesting solutions.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Great platforms for politicians to consider.


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    BMardiyya SF Bay Area, USA 02-01-15
    BMardiyya SF Bay Area, USA 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Aligning with the Inevitable!"

    Yes... A treasure to review as we continue to unfold
    The personalized or Unpersonalized manner of Balance and harmony amongst the Human population!!!

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    Alastair 01-31-15
    Alastair 01-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Abundance is accessible"

    From pessimism to extreme optimism by understanding what's just hidden around the corner, but bursting to emerge. Illuminating and clarifying. Reinforcing and encouraging. Every high school kid needs to know this, so that they can enthusiastically and opportunistically step into their roles of making better what others have clouded with doomsday thinking and potential disastrous outcomes

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    anthony 01-28-15
    anthony 01-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Revealing"

    A lot of revealing material about where we are headed as a world. I was aware of many of the things due to what I follow and am involved in but, there was additional detail and many other ideas and much material which opens one's eyes. The narrator sounded a bit robotic at first (kind of appropriate once you listen to the audiobook) but, it seemed to pick up after awhile and he was always clear and sounded as if the author himself was emphasizing certain words or passages.

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    Joshua C. Hong Costsa Mesa, CA United States 01-27-15
    Joshua C. Hong Costsa Mesa, CA United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book. Very memorable."

    Very good book. Full of insights and examples. Should be read in one weekend to maximize the retention. Loved it

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    CARLOS PALMDALE, CA, United States 01-21-15
    CARLOS PALMDALE, CA, United States 01-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Extraordinary"

    Amazing to know the future in the present!
    Yes a must read
    U need to know where r we going

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