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)
I'm the Type 1 Risk Taker and at the same time the kind of person that hates to do anything half way. This book nor its reader were the right cadence for me. Yet I finished it anyway.
Nevertheless I do hope that plenty of Type 1 risk takers readers/listeners get a hold of this book.
The rest of you should watch half a dozen TED talks and spend your commute listening to something faster paced and more condensed. IMHO
We need more authors to portray our world like this. It is inspiring and full of awe creating recounts of current and historic technological advances.
The narrator sounds a bit robotic - more emotion would make the book more engaging.
Extremely eye-opening for a non-techie entrepreneur like myself. I'm only 26 but extremely excited for the opportunities and ideas the book brings. The possibility of living in a world where no child goes hungry or thirsty was surreal to me but now I think now the potential of these things becoming a reality is right around the corner.
This book may be one of those that changes the world. Not mere entertainment. Not mere speculation. This could be a game changer.
I agree with the premise. I believe that human beings will innovate themselves out of tricky situations. The arguments the author makes are logical but in the end its a 1%ters point of view. World is rosy when you have the money.
The author argues that the entrepreneurs of the world will bring about the change we need but its the scientists and researchers who were and will always be the real heroes.
The way society values people is so topsy-turvy. The reason we are where we are is because of a few brilliant minds (Einstein, Newton, ....) not Jobs or Zuckerberg or Ford or Rockefeller.
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