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Providing abundance is humanitys 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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"Diamandis, a tech-entrepreneur turned philanthropist, and journalist Kolter (The Angle Quickest for Flight) contend that widespread pessimism about the future is due in part to our cognitive biases and the effects of mass media. Bad news sells newspapers, while good news escapes our attention or remains hidden in statistics. 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. Augmented by the power of exponentially growing technologies, small groups of motivated individuals are accomplishing what used to require the resources of government or large corporations. Other forces driving innovation are infusions of money from techno-billionaires turned philanthropists and the integration of the poorest third of humanity into the global economy. Not every development will be appreciated; steak lovers may not take readily to in-vitro beef. New technologies contain novel risks, including the disquieting fact that robots will soon make up the majority of the blue-collar workforce. Nonetheless, the authors make a compelling case for optimism over dread as we face the exhilarating unknown. Agent: John Brockman, Brockman Inc." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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. 

About the Author

STEVEN KOTLER is an author and journalist. His books include the non-fiction works Abundance and West of Jesus and the novel The Angle Quickest for Flight. His articles have appeared in over 50 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, and GQ.

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writermala, April 10, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
We are all so used to the pessimistic, "The Sky is falling" and "We have dug ourselves into a hole so deep we can't get out," scenarios of life on earth that "Abundance : The future is better than you think " comes as a breath of fresh air.

The authors use historical evidence to convincingly state their case that far from the need for pessimism we can exult in all that we have achieved and be really optimistic about what is in store for us and future generations.

We need only to stop and think about the massive improvements in Living Standards to believe what the authors say. A must read for everyone - both pessimists to convince you that you might be surprised, and optimists to assure you that your optimism is well founded.
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ISBN:
9781451614213
Author:
Diamandis, Peter
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Kotler, Steven
Author:
Diamandis, Peter H.
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Environmental
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Science Reference-Technology
Subject:
abundance; wealth distribution; water filtration; desalination; nano-filtering; sewage recycling; food production; vertical farming; in-vitro meat; agroecology; education; energy; healthcare; stem cell therapy; organ creation; genomic medicine; Peter Diam
Subject:
abundance; wealth distribution; water filtration; desalination; nano-filtering; sewage recycling; food production; vertical farming; in-vitro meat; agroecology; education; energy; healthcare; stem cell therapy; organ creation; genomic medicine; Peter Diam
Subject:
abundance; wealth distribution; water filtration; desalination; nano-filtering; sewage recycling; food production; vertical farming; in-vitro meat; agroecology; education; energy; healthcare; stem cell therapy; organ creation; genomic medicine; Peter Diam
Subject:
abundance; wealth distribution; water filtration; desalination; nano-filtering; sewage recycling; food production; vertical farming; in-vitro meat; agroecology; education; energy; healthcare; stem cell therapy; organ creation; genomic medicine; Peter Diam
Subject:
abundance; wealth distribution; water filtration; desalination; nano-filtering; sewage recycling; food production; vertical farming; in-vitro meat; agroecology; education; energy; healthcare; stem cell therapy; organ creation; genomic medicine; Peter Diam
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.3 in 19.635 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Diamandis, a tech-entrepreneur turned philanthropist, and journalist Kolter (The Angle Quickest for Flight) contend that widespread pessimism about the future is due in part to our cognitive biases and the effects of mass media. Bad news sells newspapers, while good news escapes our attention or remains hidden in statistics. 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. Augmented by the power of exponentially growing technologies, small groups of motivated individuals are accomplishing what used to require the resources of government or large corporations. Other forces driving innovation are infusions of money from techno-billionaires turned philanthropists and the integration of the poorest third of humanity into the global economy. Not every development will be appreciated; steak lovers may not take readily to in-vitro beef. New technologies contain novel risks, including the disquieting fact that robots will soon make up the majority of the blue-collar workforce. Nonetheless, the authors make a compelling case for optimism over dread as we face the exhilarating unknown. Agent: John Brockman, Brockman Inc." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , 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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