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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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    "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.

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    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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    "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!

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    The amount of real and achievable optimism the world urgently needs in this era of catastrophic thinking

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    "amazing book so exciting to think about the future"

    love the book Austin think about how we've gotten to this point in our lives and in innovation excited to be living in a time where we will see many many more Innovations

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    Amazing to find out that the worlds basic problems can be solved at such a low price.

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    "Exceptional, excitung, world peace"

    Thank for your inspration. Big change in education #ZEALGATE #VR #SO #BOT #MR . EVERY PERSON DESERVES TO BE ON THIS SHIP. one mind at a time will change the voice of the PLANE. Happy Holidays.

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    "One of the most insightful and inspiring books"

    As someone who was actively searching for a life purpose and a way to contribute, this book has inspired me in may ways. Great content with scientific facts and history that show how far the human race has come and where we are going. I've never been more confident in our society and future. Thank you for sharing this.

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

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    "Positive attitude can change the world"

    This is a great book to help you look at the big picture in the world and think of how you can be helping the common good.

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