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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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Inspiring

Just what I needed to refresh my passion for change and innovation. Impressed by the collection of ideas and how they mixed up together for an incredible view of "the word of the possible"

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Fantastic future ahead!

I'm a big fan of Peter Diamandis, so I truly enjoyed Abundance, which covers progress and innovations that tackle some of the world's most chronic and essential problems. Water shortage, food shortage, energy shortage, availability of education and medical care are some of the top areas of discussion. If this book doesn't inspire you and make you feel positive and excited about humanity's future, then I don't know what to tell you. Even as the media bombard us with nothing but negativity, there are brilliant minds at work to bring us into the age of abundance. My only complaint was the narrator was very dry and robotic in his delivery, and I wish they'd found someone who wasn't quite so flat in his delivery. Despite that, I highly recommend Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think.

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great book

eye opening book which makes me very excited about the future and how can impact it.

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Fantastic, realistic optimism!

Better than expected and quite inspirational. Would say more good things but using phone to type...

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mostly good.

I agreed with most of the message. however I found quite a bit that I think is just wishful thinking presented as fact.

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lots of good news

lots of good news here. I'm not worried about our future any more or global warming. technology will fix it.

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Useful Analysis & Forecasts.

Like the thoughtful observations and predictions. Sorry to say election of Trump puts the case for abundance soon in serious jeopardy. Thanks for sorting out bases for optimism. Sequel might be nice.

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Inspirational

Gives me hope for and inspires me to create a better world. Innovation comes from those with courage.

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Inspiring!!

In a world that is always negative truly amazing find. Peters book has inspired me to search on my way to make a mark on the World for good!!

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Very inspiring book

Very inspiring and easy to follow while driving or commuting. I will follow-up deepening the topics covered.