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Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think | [Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis]

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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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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    Leonardo 01-07-15
    Leonardo 01-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    I love the book because it speaks of things that are going on right now and in this time and life and so ya know we have the power to change the world if we all work together

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    Yvette D Skinner Baton Rouge, LA United States 01-05-15
    Yvette D Skinner Baton Rouge, LA United States 01-05-15 Listener Since 2006

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    "game changer"

    This book may be one of those that changes the world. Not mere entertainment. Not mere speculation. This could be a game changer.

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    LoneStarAngel 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best News Ever"

    Uplifting, Informative, Outstanding Research with a rare world view.
    Everyone who wants to change the world for the better- Read this.

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    satya 12-31-14
    satya 12-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Scientists not enterpreneurs"

    I agree with the premise. I believe that human beings will innovate themselves out of tricky situations. The arguments the author makes are logical but in the end its a 1%ters point of view. World is rosy when you have the money.
    The author argues that the entrepreneurs of the world will bring about the change we need but its the scientists and researchers who were and will always be the real heroes.
    The way society values people is so topsy-turvy. The reason we are where we are is because of a few brilliant minds (Einstein, Newton, ....) not Jobs or Zuckerberg or Ford or Rockefeller.

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    Todd Wahl 12-22-14
    Todd Wahl 12-22-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a technology consultant for businesses that value security, stability, reliability and most of all efficiency and effectiveness.

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    "Technology and Our Future"
    What made the experience of listening to Abundance the most enjoyable?

    The perspective that the author takes on how and what is possible when you leverage technology to create abundance rather than deplete what you have.


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    Kenan Saudi Arabia 12-18-14
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    "We all need this book"

    Eyes opening book. Hope giving and stress relieving . The info will expire this year but the concept stays... And it's good concept of prosperity and abundance for all humanity

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    Vance 12-17-14
    Vance 12-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A realistic and encouraging view of our future."

    I enjoyed this book and appreciate the positive outlook on our most pressing current challenges.

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    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 12-09-14
    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 12-09-14 Member Since 2010

    Professional librarian type, amateur historian.

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    "It's a great big beautiful tomorrow"

    As I finish listening to this book I keep thinking back to my trip to Disney World's Tomorrow Land and the ride with the animatronics singing "It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow," as I note how today was viewed from circa 1970-1980-something. There is a good bit of that in this book and it's one of the things that annoyed me while listening, that and trying to figure out who the first person (singular and plural) were.
    I did appreciate the book covering the progress made worldwide with cell phones and making things cheaper, and safer with less violence. One section covers education and the Khan Academy. This is stuff I have heard before, and it really depends on if you are willing to hear it all again, if this is a good book or not. Most of the good news was in the first half of the book, but then it started to lag and bore me. It got so boring that I thought I wouldn't finish it.
    There is a portion that is too theoretical for me, meaning a lot of 'possibilities' but not out there in the marketplace. This is the great big beautiful tomorrow filled with GMO crops grown in office parks, kidneys grown in labs, stuff that in someone's mind could save the world but the quality and feasibility goes untested.

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    Jake Port Hueneme, California, United States 12-02-14
    Jake Port Hueneme, California, United States 12-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty good"

    This book was enjoyable. It focused primarily on technology while mostly ignoring economics and governance. Sometimes the authors seemed levelheaded and other times they seemed techno-utopian. I wasn't sure what to expect based on the somewhat mixed reviews. If you're looking for a comprehensive analysis of human progress, this isn't the book for you. If you want to learn about potentially promising technologies in the near and far future, then you'll love this book.

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    Benjamin Hardy 09-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Second Half is EPIC"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I honestly wondered if the reader was a computer at times because it was pretty dry but I got over it!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The first half of the book was a little boring to me (although my husband loved the whole thing and has listed to it at least 3 times). However, the second half was amazing as it took a look at the world of abundance we are going toward!


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