Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 21, 2012 - Science - 386 pages
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Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge—this is a book about how we rise to meet it.

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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I read the new book Bold before reading this one but thought based on how much I enjoyed that one that this one would be just as enjoyable. Unfortunately I was as enthusiastic about this one. It is ... Read full review

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Humanity is facing challenges, but then it always has. And it has always overcome them. More than that, we (collectively over time) have improved the quality of human existence. We now live longer ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter One Our Grandest Challenge
3
Chapter Two Building the Pyramid
12
Chapter Three Seeing the Forest Through the Trees
27
Chapter Four Its Not as Bad as You Think
38
Chapter Five Ray Kurzweil and the GoFast Button
51
Chapter Six The Singularity Is Nearer
59
Chapter Seven The Tools of Cooperation
77
Chapter Nine Feeding Nine Billion
100
Water and Sanitation
246
Food and Agriculture
251
Health and Health Care
258
Energy
262
Education
270
Democracy
272
Population and Urbanization
273
Information and Communications Technology
280

Chapter Thirteen Energy
155
Chapter Fourteen Education
174
Chapter Seventeen Driving Innovation and Breakthroughs
217
Chapter Eighteen Risk and Failure
227
Next StepJoin the Abundance Hub
241
Philanthropy
287
Dematerialization and Demonetization
289
Exponential Curves
291
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Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, co-founder and Chairman of Singularity University and the founder of more than a dozen high tech companies. Diamandis has degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering from MIT, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
Steven Kotler is an author and journalist. His books include A Small Furry Prayer, West of Jesus, and The Angle Quickest for Flight. His articles have appeared in more than sixty publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Wired, Discover, GQ, and National Geographic. He also writes a regular blog for PsychologyToday.com.

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