Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 21, 2012 - Social Science - 400 pages
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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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Fantastic Reality (meaning sound too good to be true, but sound valid and legitimate considering all facts provided). So I loved this book's approach to our future just because its very very positive and relies to accurate analysis.

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I was not particularly amused by this book. The information is interesting, yes, but if the author plans to give the reader that much information at once then it needs to be more entertaining ... Read full review


Chapter One Our Grandest Challenge
Chapter Three Seeing the Forest Through the Trees
Chapter Four Its Not as Bad as You Think
Chapter Five Ray Kurzweil and the GoFast Button
Chapter Six The Singularity Is Nearer
Chapter Seven The Tools of Cooperation
Chapter Nine Feeding Nine Billion
Chapter Eleven The Technophilanthropists
Chapter Fourteen Education
Chapter Fifteen Health Care
Chapter Sixteen Freedom
Chapter Seventeen Driving Innovation and Breakthroughs
Next StepsHow to Take Action
Dangers of the Exponentials

Chapter Thirteen Energy

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Peter H. Diamandis is a New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of more than fifteen high-tech companies. He is the CEO of the XPRIZE (XPrize.org), Exec. Chairman of the Singularity University (SingularityU.org), a Silicon Valley based institution backed by Google, 3D Systems and NASA. He is Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, Inc. and the Cofounder of Human Longevity, Inc. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT, where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, and Harvard Medical School, where he received his MD. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine.

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and the Cofounder and Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project (FlowGenomeProject.com). His books include Bold, The Rise of Superman, Abundance, A Small Furry Prayer, West of Jesus, and The Angle Quickest for Flight. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages and his articles have appeared in over seventy publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, Forbes, and Time. He also writes Far Frontiers, a blog about science and innovation for Forbes.com.

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