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Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think [Kindle Edition]

Peter H. Diamandis , Steven Kotler
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Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge—this is a book about how we rise to meet it.

 

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. 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 roadmap for governments, industry and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.

Examining human need by category—water, food, energy, healthcare, education, freedom—Diamandis and Kotler introduce dozens of innovators making great strides in each area: Larry Page, Steven Hawking, Dean Kamen, Daniel Kahneman, Elon Musk, Bill Joy, Stewart Brand, Jeff Skoll, Ray Kurzweil, Ratan Tata, Craig Venter, among many, many others. 


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“At a moment when our world faces multiple crises and is awash in pessimism, Abundance redirects the conversation, spotlighting scientific innovators working to improve people's lives around the world. The result is more than a portrait of brilliant minds - it's a reminder of the infinite possibilities for doing good when we tap into our own empathy and wisdom.”
(Arianna Huffington CEO, Huffington Post)

“This brilliant must-read book provides the key to the coming era of abundance replacing eons of scarcity, a powerful antidote to today’s malaise and pessimism.”
(Ray Kurzweil author of The Singularity Is Near)

“Diamandis and Kotler challenge us all to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Innovative small teams are now empowered to accomplish what only governments and large corporations could once achieve. The result is nothing less than the most transformative and thrilling period in human history.”
(Timothy Ferris #1 NY Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek)

About the Author

Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation (XPrize.org), co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University (SingularityU.org), a Silicon Valley based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT, where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School, where he received his MD.

Steven Kotler is an author, journalist, and co-founder of the Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary. His books include the nonfiction works The Rise of Superman, Abundance, A Small Furry PrayerWest of Jesus, and the novel The Angle Quickest for Flight. His articles have appeared in more than sixty publications, including The New York Times MagazineWiredGQOutsidePopular ScienceDiscover, and National Geographic. He also writes The Playing Field, a blog about the science of sport and culture for PsychologyToday.com.

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231 of 249 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brief Summary and Review February 24, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
*A full summary of this book is available here: An Executive Summary of Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler's 'Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think'

In their new book `Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think', Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler argue that, despite the problems that our technology has recently created (including dwindling resources, global warming, and a population explosion that threatens to confound [and in some cases already does confound] our advances in agricultural production and medicine), we needn't discard our techno-optimism after all. Indeed, according to Diamandis, the world is on the precipice of another explosion in technology that will soon bring refuge from many of our current problems, and abundance to our doorstep. Not content to let the goal or the timeline remain vague, Diamandis is happy to hang a more precise definition on each. When it comes to abundance, Diamandis defines it as "a world of nine billion people with clean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalized education, top-tier medical care, and non-polluting, ubiquitous energy" (loc. 317), and, to top it all off, the freedom to pursue their goals and aspirations unhindered by political repression. With regards to the timeline, Diamandis claims that it "should be achievable within twenty-five years, with noticeable change possible within the next decade" (loc. 580).
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89 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Important "Post-Scarcity" Perspective February 21, 2012
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Format:Hardcover
"Abundance" is a deeply optimistic book that suggests radical new technologies may soon transform society and lead to an era where the concept of scarcity no longer dominates economic and social thinking. The authors believe that advances now on the horizon could potentially solve many of the world's major problems by the year 2035.

The book includes a wealth of material on specific technologies that the authors feel may revolutionize energy (solar, algae-based biofuels and next generation nuclear), food production (genetic engineering, vertical farming and in-vitro meats), water scarcity (desalination using nanotechnology filters, rather than today's inefficient thermal or reverse osmosis plants) and health care (artificially intelligent "doctors", robotic nurses and cheap diagnostic chips) to mention just a few. The authors also suggest that much of this progress will be driven by independent inventors (who they call "DIY innovators") and wealthy technology philanthropists.

I'd urge everyone to also read The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future, a book that looks at many of the same technologies and trends as "Abundance" but really delves into the impact on the economy, incomes and the job market, and offers a different perspective. Both these books raise issues and discuss technologies that could be of transformative importance over the next 10-20 years. They are books that everyone should read.

I've rated Abundance highly because I think it introduces a very important perspective that should be a part of any discussion about the future.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars welcomed breeze of fresh air, but use with caution! April 24, 2012
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First off, I loved this book. It made me consider for a change that mankind could not just be the causing problem, but also the solution to big issues like climate change, overpopulation and dwindling resources that plague us today. It was amazingly refreshing to read about all those new technologies that are in progress of being developed, from water purification to renewable energies, medical bots, diagnostic apps on your smartphone, vertical gardens for local food production and supply, just to name a few. This read sure brings the optimist out in you, and makes you feel good about being part of the human race again.

I would love to give it 5 stars, but I settle for only 3 (3 1/2 if I had the option), because there is great danger here that you are left with a false sense of security about the future. Even though there is much cause for optimism, there are a few things that I wish the authors would have brought to the readers awareness with more emphasis (they actually do point them out, but not clearly enough in my opinion). They missed the opportunity to clearly communicate that everyone of us has responsibilities we have to meet if we want to see this future happen.

1) Time for business as usual is running out.

After finishing the last pages of the book and still riding high on this most welcome endorphin flush it promotes, one could feel confident to simply put all the chips on one bet and bank on the vision that help in form of brilliant new technologies is on the way, the future is secure, and no further personal action is needed to make this future happen, other than not hindering private entrepreneurship and free markets in their activities in form of government intervention, bureaucracy, or rules and regulations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Positive Book
It was such a pleasure to read a book that is a balance to all the negativity we read in the newspapers. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kris Moe
5.0 out of 5 stars A positve view
Mr. Diamandis displays a wonderful ability to convince us all will be well. If only! A must read for all levels of society.
Published 13 days ago by Michael A. Strem
4.0 out of 5 stars what we need is vision
A great read, with some fantastic ideas on how we can truly make the world a better place. That the authors give some concrete examples of successes only enhances the books... Read more
Published 17 days ago by John Calvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope
With all the problems we see and hear everyday, that seem insurmountable it is very refreshing to read about the latest developments and technologies that the authors present and... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Gerrit Middelkoop
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring reading!
Great reading end to end. Very well researched and written. Very inspiring view of the future and how to shape it.
Peter Diamandis is leading edge thinking.
Published 21 days ago by Francisco Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Opens your mind to a world of Abudance
Great book. Helps us to see a worldview where the glass is not half-empty, it's brimming over with cool stuff that is making the world a better place. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Christopher J Hawley
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down
This book kept me on the edge of my seat and left me optimistic and excited about the future of mankind.
Published 1 month ago by Eisa
5.0 out of 5 stars The book The Future The Man
Great book for understanding future and work according to that.
I felt this will boost engineering, medical and agriculture students.
Published 1 month ago by sanjay
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden possibilities.
I gave it to my son and two close friends.Things beeing brought to awareness that one does not not consider normally.
Published 1 month ago by Wolfgang Ruckl
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read, but ignore the title.
I enjoyed this book, but I bought it on the premise that it would offer some optimism about the future of the human race, given that things are not looking good for us. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Wells
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