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Abundance Audiobook

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

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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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    Mark 12-13-16
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    "One of the most insightful and inspiring books"

    As someone who was actively searching for a life purpose and a way to contribute, this book has inspired me in may ways. Great content with scientific facts and history that show how far the human race has come and where we are going. I've never been more confident in our society and future. Thank you for sharing this.

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    Amazon Customer 11-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "starts amazing then ..."

    the narrator was very good i liked him
    the book started of very very good then at the few last chapters it went full political
    going from technical information to trying to address political problems with technology
    like thats gonna work.

    overall great book enjoyed the early chapters, not soo much for the late ones .

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    Bigler Ut United States 11-10-16
    Bigler Ut United States 11-10-16
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    "Positive attitude can change the world"

    This is a great book to help you look at the big picture in the world and think of how you can be helping the common good.

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    Amanda H 10-12-16
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    "I absolutely loved it and will read again"

    I loved the information and positive aspect of this book. There is so much fear out there because we have so many problems. This book gives solutions and hope for the future. We live in an exciting time folks

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    "Mind = Blown."

    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.

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    Malgorzata 10-08-16
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    "Wrong choice for me"

    I think the topic is dull, boring and doesn't bring in anything into my life or doesn't increase my knowledge in any way.
    It was a wrong choice on my part.

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    Mathieu 10-07-16
    Mathieu 10-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Hope for all of us!"

    Great book! It gives a different and more positive perspective on the future of humnaity.

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    Amazon Customer 09-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "creative thinking at work - admirable effort."

    Great effort to show future possibilities and ingenuity of creative thinking. Many good examples of updating our traditional approaches.

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    Dave 09-14-16
    Dave 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Back to the Future"

    A good look forward which is getting more important, even mandatory to do. Either identify the opportunities, or get rolled over by the pitfalls.

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    Smiles McCray 08-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "There is Enough for Everyone"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


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