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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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    Matthew Okotoks, Alberta, Canada 07-10-13
    Matthew Okotoks, Alberta, Canada 07-10-13 Member Since 2012
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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

    Nonfiction book listener. Part of nonfiction book club.

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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

    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

    Cosmic Dreamer

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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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    Pradheepa Houston, TX, United States 03-12-13
    Pradheepa Houston, TX, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A glass three quarter full"

    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.

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    Brent Peace River, AB, Canada 03-04-13
    Brent Peace River, AB, Canada 03-04-13
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    "Amazing and mind expanding"
    If you could sum up Abundance in three words, what would they be?

    Intelegent, Inspiring, Positive


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact based reserch presented in a well thought out and relevent framework about how we humans can will save the world.


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    Hs timing and pause for effect


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

    Exponential growth of technology


    Any additional comments?

    I would recomend this book to anyintelegent forward thinker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David United States 02-04-13
    David United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very inspirational"
    If you could sum up Abundance in three words, what would they be?

    The book was great - though dragged a bit in the middle it finished strong.


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    Rich Shields Abuja, Nigeria 02-01-13
    Rich Shields Abuja, Nigeria 02-01-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Hope Springs Eternal"
    What made the experience of listening to Abundance the most enjoyable?

    Quantifiable reasons for hope for the future.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Techinal research supporting the thesis.


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    Done so well I never noticed it.


    If you could give Abundance a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Rational optimism for a world drowing in despaire.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read for those tired of hearing from those who make a living predicting 19 of the next three disasters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chlo-bell CLIFTON, VA, United States 01-17-13
    Chlo-bell CLIFTON, VA, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2007

    Private intellectual, writer, and retired academic. Currently R&D director for Gravitational Systems Engineering, Inc.

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    "A view from inside the technological money..."

    More that a bit self-satisfied, and glib with facts and statistics, this book opened my eyes to some amazing new technologies. The new information alone makes this book worth a listen. However, the authors missed the mark set by the title by a wide margin. Will technology really be able to save us, if we just wait long enough, and spend enough money? Only time will tell, although many of the innovations that these authors are so confident in will surely change the world...yet I fear that the changes will continue at a evolutionary as opposed to a revolutionary pace.

    A good book that delivers a lot, albeit staged on a shaky premise.

    Gare Henderson

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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 02-04-13
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 02-04-13 Member Since 2008

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Too much self-righteousness..."

    Interesting premise, but too often ascends to the very tips of Mount Pious. The fawning over high tech entrepreneurs becomes ridiculous and transparent very quickly.

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