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)
The world is an amazing and wonderful place. Humans are not so bad as the news insists. We are practiced at shaping our future and changing our stars. Excellent book. I recommend it for anyone who lives on Earth.
Some believe in scarcity. The truthful progress and innovative stories in this book make it almost impossible to maintain that belief.
I have been given (through Abundance) greater motivation and perspective of how I can passively enjoy a greater future; or, more excitingly, how one can catalyze an even sooner abundant society through her own unique ambitions.
This book was not at all what I expected after listening to the sample and reading the description. It's about abundance around the world as a whole and how to make that happen. It's very academic in wording. The reader;s voice didn't grab my attention at all and actual put me nearly to sleep. If not for the fact that I've had this sitting in my library for quite some time I'd be returning it.
This is a great look into what we have today and how it can help future generations. Dr. Diamandis is bending the way we look at the simple things to solve the complex. It's a fascinating book to listen to in the car. Thank you!
I prefer audio, but the narrator was dull. This would have been a much better read with a better narrator - almost put me to sleep at times.
Loved the education piece.
Dull, boring, unenthusiastic, almost put me to sleep while driving. Does not do this book justice.
Get a different narrator
I'll preface this by saying I really like Peter Diamandis for what he stands for. I was hoping this book would be about all the cool things we'll have in the future: self-driving cars, 3D printers, etc. This book instead ended up being endless examples of why we appear to be headed for doom, followed by why we actually be okay. There's a ton of great news for the third world, but that's not what I was looking for.
I found the narrator to be really dry, too.
This book is a wake up call for change agents. This book bravely faces a culture of catastrophic news stories to humbly but powerful say, "we got it - the worlds falling apart, but, we need you to stop jabbering and start helping us out with these solutions were building over here"
Create an enthusiasm for the future, for the idea that, we have what it takes to solve the problem, and the solutions will rock our world.
Read. Read. Read. And share the stories with everyone!!
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.
Contractor from Michigan
It paints a positive view of our future.
There is so much negative press about the direction our society is going. This book is different.
Let's light your mind on fire!
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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