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Abundance Audiobook

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

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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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    Justin 03-04-16
    Justin 03-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Dated"

    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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    P. Ledru 07-17-17
    P. Ledru 07-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Important perspective"

    A bit of context: I personally didn't learn much from this read, nor did it expand my vision of the future by orders of magnitude, but that's entirely due to the fact that I'm by far the most evangelizing individual on these topics in my social circles. I've read so much about all this ever since my teens (1990s) and I'm so convinced of the great possibilities (and have watched so much unfold already), I'm basically the guy saying all the stuff that's said in this book all the time to everyone that cares to ask and listen. So this is where this review comes from.

    It's a great book, with mesmerizing perspectives on what our world could, positively should, and probably will become.

    If you haven't read a lot above technology and the abundance mindset driving this early 21st century, then get this book and read it, it'll give you a very broad and informative overview of the shape of things to come. There's really powerful stuff in there, ground for hope and excitement about the next decades.

    An amazing book by great authors. Wholeheartedly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Chambers 11-09-15
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    "Scary plans some have for our futures"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Humberto B. 08-14-17
    Humberto B. 08-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book to make you think about future"

    it makes you to think a lot about the current world and the real situation.
    I no longer watch the news and my life is a lot better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julianna Dawson 05-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring is not strong enough of a word to describe this book"

    I love that this book is packed with information. Details. Perspectives from people who have taken the time to study, experiment, measure, monitor over time for change rather than drawing conclusions from old information or hearsay. And that's just the beginning. I love the explanation of the psychology behind what the media feeds our minds and why. The nonjudgmental approach to it. The leaving it up to us the reader to decide what we want to do next. Most of all, I love the practical advice and guidance that came to me at just the right time in the form of this book. Guidance I need so very much. I'm grateful and thankful to the authors and everyone who brought this all together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoughtful and hopeful"

    Really great in depth look at what is possible when we can properly motivate ourselves and work together. Insightful and inspiring.

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    M. 03-29-17
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    "overall worth the listen"

    they have to tell you some of the dismal to get across the abundance, some that was hard to hear, otherwise very illuminating!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "starts amazing then ..."

    the narrator was very good i liked him
    the book started of very very good then at the few last chapters it went full political
    going from technical information to trying to address political problems with technology
    like thats gonna work.

    overall great book enjoyed the early chapters, not soo much for the late ones .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 10-11-16
    10-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Mind = Blown."

    Excellent book sheds light on media-suppressed or -ignored truths that ultimately deeply affect what and how we think about our world. Fascinating future. I got a little discouraged perhaps halfway through - things got boring to me (totally subjective) - but the last several chapters finished very strong. I will listen to this again and heartily recommend everyone turn off the dang boob-tube and experience this positive book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Malgorzata 10-08-16
    Malgorzata 10-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wrong choice for me"

    I think the topic is dull, boring and doesn't bring in anything into my life or doesn't increase my knowledge in any way.
    It was a wrong choice on my part.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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