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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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

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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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 .

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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.

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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.

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Hope for all of us!

Great book! It gives a different and more positive perspective on the future of humnaity.

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  • Jeremy
  • CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, United States
  • 08-23-16

The abridged, futurist version of "Better Angels."

What did you like best about Abundance? What did you like least?

It's a brief rehash of Pinker's Better Angels with a future looking perspective. It even has the same narrator.

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Narration is annoying, content good

I liked the content but the narration is annoying to listen to. Turning up the volume only makes it worse.

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  • Trev
  • Boulder, CO United States
  • 01-14-16

Positive book only if you think we're doomed.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'll preface this by saying I really like Peter Diamandis for what he stands for. I was hoping this book would be about all the cool things we'll have in the future: self-driving cars, 3D printers, etc. This book instead ended up being endless examples of why we appear to be headed for doom, followed by why we actually be okay. There's a ton of great news for the third world, but that's not what I was looking for.

I found the narrator to be really dry, too.

Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Kotler and Peter H. Diamandis again?

Yes.

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Not bad

It was a good book, but I would recommend The Rational Optimist instead. Abundance got a little tedious towards the end.

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