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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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Too Speculative

It's a very profound work
But it's too Speculative , it made me sceptic and a little bored , not very fun

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  • Charlotte
  • Sioux City, IA, United States
  • 02-05-15

POLITICAL PROPAGANDA AT ITS BEST!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Content without a political agenda. Authors have no sense of patriotism, except for their political party, and no respect for the integrity of anyone who doesn't vote their way.

Has Abundance turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, if the authors can't leave politics out of their future problem solving scenarios they are asking only half of the world to participate in making the world a better place for all.

What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great research! Interesting solutions.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Great platforms for politicians to consider.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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So many great inspiring ideas

What made the experience of listening to Abundance the most enjoyable?

Very uplifting. A great read for a new college student.

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This book has made me think of so many possible future accomplishments. It inspires hope and brings to mind many fresh takes on what the future can hold.

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  • ANDRÉ
  • ORLANDO, FL, United States
  • 02-15-14

Uplifting!

One of the best book I read in a long time. Peter Diamandis is a great guy, with tons of baggage and Abundance shows how interesting the future will be. I liked so much the listening that I was making free marketing for this book. Give it a try and you will see how Abundance will change your perspective.

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A wonderfully optimistic current events book

This book presents a far more optimistic take on current events than most in the genre. Entertainingly written, smoothly performed, and convincing in its belief that we as a species not only can think our way out of the worst we have done to ourselves, but are well on our way to doing so. Diamandis is an example to anyone.

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  • Andy
  • Westport, CT, United States
  • 05-29-13

a very powerful glimpse

Diamandis and Kotler do a fabulous job here of laying out some reasonable assertions about how the creative mind will continue to harness technology to make the world a better place. I'm looking forward to Abundance 2.0, because all of this stuff is moving very, very fast.

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Full of insight

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I believe this is a good book if you want to see what is going on out side of your daily circle.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Abundance?

Farm towers. I had never thought of farming vertically.

Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

NA- it is a narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen to the book in two day I believe.

Any additional comments?

Good book. I was familiar with much of the data presented but I would recommend it.

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  • Steven
  • PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States
  • 05-21-12

Scientific Progress Marches On.

This is a Great Look at how Scientific Progress has Made the World a Better Place in the past and will do so in the future.

The authors have a real grasp of the science of the 21st Century and provide and interesting narrative for science and non-science aficionados alike.

I'm not sure the immediate future will be as rosy as the author's think, but they provide a compelling case that over the long run science raises living standards for everyone.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Gary
  • Las Cruces, NM, United States
  • 05-21-12

Best when he's not being a futurist.

I enjoy the book except for the parts when he's being a futurist and he's trying to predict the future. Other than that, he has a lot to say and I enjoyed the book.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful