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.
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"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 was horrified by some of the things reported on by this book like even more genetically modified foods, teenagers playing with DNA, backyard nuclear reactors and so on. These people need to be stopped before they destroy our world in the guise of saying they are solving its problems - they are creating more - even scarier problems.
Contractor from Michigan
It paints a positive view of our future.
There is so much negative press about the direction our society is going. This book is different.
Let's light your mind on fire!
A great book about how the current and near future technologies are making the World abundant in all areas. I read "BOLD" first so some material is built on the same examples and ideas but Abundance is more an update on whats possible while BOLD (by the same authors) is a user manual for changing the world in a meaningful way.
I recommend this book to all futurists, entrepeneurs, action driven and creative people.
Abundance will open your mind to the endless possibilities of the exponential technology of this age.
You can't help but be inspired about what we have to look forward to after reading this. The authors, Kotler and Diamandis, are inspirational and it makes you want to be a part of it. This was a great antidote to the doom and gloom we're bombarded with by the media.
Since acquiring a TBI a couple years ago, listening to books is now more doable than reading them. I'm thankful for audible. :)
Some may find this book too broad to keep track of the info, but I found it's span amazing. Although I am completely overwhelmed with ideas and details I'm very happy with the book itself.
I loved this book it has completely changed the way I look at solving the world's problems. The examples were insightful and convincing that there is truly oj
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