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Abundance Audiobook

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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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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    "Scary plans some have for our futures"

    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.

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    "Think we are doomed? Read this and cheer up!"
    What made the experience of listening to Abundance the most enjoyable?

    It paints a positive view of our future.


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    There is so much negative press about the direction our society is going. This book is different.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Let's light your mind on fire!


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    Omar Omar 11-08-15
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    "Eye opening, inspiring and educational"

    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.

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    "Fantastic and thought-provoking read!"

    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.

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    JR 10-30-15
    JR 10-30-15 Member Since 2014

    Since acquiring a TBI a couple years ago, listening to books is now more doable than reading them. I'm thankful for audible. :)

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    "So. Much. Information."

    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.

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    Walter 10-24-15
    Walter 10-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very inspirational"

    This truly makes you see the great potential the future of science and technology has in store for us.

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    Jonathan 10-22-15
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    "Amazing "

    Great book that talkes about some of the most interesting things highly recommend!!! Music read!!

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    J. Villasenor City of Angels, CA 10-20-15
    J. Villasenor City of Angels, CA 10-20-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Exceptional and eye opening!"

    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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    osiel 10-08-15
    osiel 10-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "We need more books like this!!"

    This is an actual statement. Nothing more needs to be said.
    Eleven words should be the minimum..

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    "So much hope and optimism in this book"

    This book is amazing...I just finished my second time reading it. So much to look forward to in life!

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