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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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    Amazon Customer Arlington, VA 09-03-15
    Amazon Customer Arlington, VA 09-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good but quickly outdated"

    Even listening to this now sounds like a step back into the past a couple of years. The core premise still holds but it's draped in examples that are very point-in-time. Also, the author toots his own horn a little too much near the end.

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    Michael 09-01-15
    Michael 09-01-15

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    Yes things have gotten better over the last 100 years. The last 20 years have reaped benefits but are we changing too fast. Are the opportunities we work for going to be there? I had to learn, relearn software umping times just to stay in the game, I don't believe it has made me more productive or given me any real rewards, if anything I am now a commodity. There is no life and death moments we have to deal with in our modern world in everyday life and this is good, but it has also brought a slow death from being over taxed, demands to perform and dance to the bean counters rhythm. I think the future is different and some like in the past will thrive and others will not. What we surrender could be worth more than the benefits we gain. The future is not better it is very different and I am not ready for it, in fact I don't know how or what to get ready for; so my future is not good at all.

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    Maarten 08-23-15
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    "everything is possible"

    great to finally read this book that sets out the open mind needed to know that everything is possible. the way to make it possible is only clear when setting out to go and get it.

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    Peter 08-13-15
    Peter 08-13-15 Member Since 2014

    Security Professional and productivity expert. Mission to help people and organizations to win, long term. about.me/peterlarsson

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    "Inspiring"

    Great uplifting and inspiring book! I recommend reading this before reading their second book bold. I did it the other way around and there is a lot of information that is the same especially when Peter are talking about the x price. If you have to choose read Bold! But this is still a great book and well worth your time

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    Megs 08-06-15
    Megs 08-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Peter should read the audio book!"

    Great book, highly recommended. The only thing that would many it better is if Peter read the audio book himself.

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    "A very needed Positive Twist!"
    What made the experience of listening to Abundance the most enjoyable?

    Perspective is interesting and very much needed.... You might not believe all that it says but it puts a credible seed of curiosity for pushing positive rather than accepting the negative.


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    Amazon Customer 07-31-15

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    "Really inspiring!"

    This book was much more practical and less techno-utopian than I expected. And I mean that in a good way!

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    Fijoro 07-14-15
    Fijoro 07-14-15
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    "Must Read!"

    Highly recommended book for everyone, specially for the pessimists!
    Highly inspirational and updated breakthroughs or the world!

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    Mitchel M.D. 07-09-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Uplifting"

    Love Peter's work & also Kotler's book on flow. Highly recommend this book & look into Singularity.

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    John Funatake Portland, OR 07-01-15
    John Funatake Portland, OR 07-01-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A technological basis for a brighter future"

    So many great breakthroughs lead to additional breakthroughs. We're on the cusp of transformative technologies but existing solutions have already been mind blowing. A great antidote to daily news.

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