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)
Excellent book sheds light on media-suppressed or -ignored truths that ultimately deeply affect what and how we think about our world. Fascinating future. I got a little discouraged perhaps halfway through - things got boring to me (totally subjective) - but the last several chapters finished very strong. I will listen to this again and heartily recommend everyone turn off the dang boob-tube and experience this positive book.
Great effort to show future possibilities and ingenuity of creative thinking. Many good examples of updating our traditional approaches.
In regards to the future of humanity, this world is full of negative thinkers, complainers, and pessimists. Abundance checks all those who suffer from "stinkin thinkin," as Zig Zigglar would say. I say read this book, stop with the mini fiddle playing accompanying your crying tune, and go be a part of the solution.
No because it is dense in it's mind-blowingness and one needs to stop and let the knowledge percolate to appreciate the full flavor of what the author's are cooking.
It's a brief rehash of Pinker's Better Angels with a future looking perspective. It even has the same narrator.
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