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)
Easy listening though quite lenghty. The ideas and examples were both thought provoking and informative! I have a new view of tomorrow, problem solving and learning techniques in general. Just ask yourself... "Where would we be if ________ didn't _______?" So many advancements were because someone took a long shot and succeeded! Definitely recommend inspiring minds to listen to this book!
We live surrounded by doom and die prophecies about our future. But what if ahead lies a great abundant one? With that view, and supported by great investigation and data, this book digs into what is coming....Narrated with a pleasent voice and fluidly spoken, this is a must listen, if you want to be prepared and see a 'glimpse' of what will soon will be our day-to-day way of living...
We need more visionaries like this in our world. This book opened my eyes to some of the current exponential breakthroughs occurring today and has helped inspire me to participate. Definitely will re-read after I finish his next book, Bold.
This is probably the most thought provoking r book I have listened to in many years. Got me Thinking about how to get further involved.
I average ~50 books a year, and I can honestly say that this book is one of my favorites in the past 5 years -- this and the author's other book Bold. If you're looking for an inspirational contrarian view of our future backed with actual cases, trials and facts; you need this read.
I was scared of the prospect of singularity, drones, everyone connected and what I thought would become the end of privacy and freedom. But this book has gotten me excited for the future and even rooting for these technologies and exponential growth! The authors do an awesome job explaining it with minimal conceptual ideas. I highly recommend it!
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