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)
With all the hippy stuff out there about The Secret and affirmations for getting more rich, the title of this book threw me off, but I'm really glad it wasn't at all about how you can just think your way to getting the things you want. This book provides a great perspective on how the world really is vs what we're told in they media, our potential, where we're heading, and how we can all make a true impact on the future of mankind. Very exciting stuff!
Shame of it is that if I was listening to this in 2013 I would've given it four stars. Plenty is still relevant but I think the best thing for readers is to have an updated version
This book is a wonderful, thought out plan of how we should approach the global challenges of today and the coming future. Well worth the listen.
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!
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