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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,075 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781452677187
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Soon, we will have the ability to meet and exceed the basic needs of every human being on Earth. Abundance for every man, woman and child is within reach. This spirited and contrary perspective, supported by extensive investigation, presents our immediate future, where rapidly expanding technology, along with other important developments, are coming together to create a new narrative for mankind, improving the lives of billions of people around the world. Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think is a cure for cynicism by philanthropist and tech entrepreneur Peter H. Diamandis and acclaimed scientific author Steven Kotler.

Since the beginning of human history, an elite class have lived privileged lives, in contrast to the hardscrabble masses. Conventional wisdom dictates that this can not be changed. But it is changing, and quickly. The authors explain how the forces of exponential technologies, the techno-philanthropist, the do-it-yourself innovator, and the rising billion are forming a perfect storm that will solve mankind's greatest dilemmas. Abundance sets clear goals for change and draws a strategic road map for entrepreneurs, industry and government, leaving pessimism by the roadside.

Steven Kotler is an journalist and author. 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 Wired, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, National Geographic, and Discover. He also contributes to Psychology Today.

Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman and co-founder of Singularity University, CEO and Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, and the founder of more than a dozen tech firms. Diamandis has degrees in aerospace engineering and molecular genetics from MIT, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

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, Steven Hawking, Dean Kamen, Daniel Kahneman, Elon Musk, Bill Joy, Stewart Brand, Jeff Skoll, Ray Kurzweil, Ratan Tata, Craig Venter, and many, many others. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Curious what the future will look like? This books talks about what lies ahead, providing practical solutions for concerns like overpopulation, food, water, energy, freedom, and health care.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • 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
  • “According to tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter Diamandis and science writer Steven Kotler, things are getting better, not worse. "

    USA Today

  • “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

  • “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 Ferriss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goshen Public Library Public | 2/18/2014

    " Idealistic vision of what the exponential growth of technology could do for the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyrus | 2/4/2014

    " An exciting look at the future. Lately I see two competing views of the future, one of abundance, the other of crisis and shortages. I prefer optimism, but I am undecided as to which will come to pass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian Ferguson | 2/2/2014

    " Exhilarating read through cutting edge thinking, engineering, and the quest for social justice. My Christmas gift to all readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/13/2014

    " This book was very well synthesized and brought together relevant information from many different fields. It was definitely worth my time to read. However, as a die-hard pessimist, I remain unconvinced that we're not all going to suffer severely from being on the downside of the peak oil bell curve and the upside of overpopulation. Many of the solutions offered in this book are entirely reliant upon capital investment. Who ever heard of investing capital for the betterment of humanity? In order for these solutions to work, people with money will either have to be convinced that these innovations will benefit them directly or will actually have to start having empathy. It's the rare entrepreneur who is both successful and empathic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth Murray | 1/11/2014

    " I heard others describe their guarded book review, with the caveat that the authors' failed to recognize social class divisions. I think the authors' not only recognize social class divisions, but fully describe examples of how the poorest billion (described in another book, The Bottom Billion...by Paul Collier) could be benefit from new technological advances with minimal costs to them. The book is a breath of fresh air from the plethora of dystopian media that seems to be so pervasive and cites a multitude of ongoing research examples that do not seem to make the light of day in mainstream news. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pfloyd | 12/30/2013

    " This is the book that every neo-Malthusian needs to put in their tightly-clenched and quivering fist. It's optimism is a breath of fresh air in the 24-hour doomsday news cycle and it is delivered without whimsy or fantasy. It will appeal to the science and tech nerds who will grin from ear-to-ear over the technology that sits just over the horizon and is being developed as we speak. Diamandis' central thesis is that we don't lack for natural resources (energy, drinkable water, etc) but that we simply lack access to them and our hurdles are closing this access gap. A must-read for futurists, economics geeks, and science-y people in general. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/29/2013

    " Attends to the technological progress of our times, with much hopeful detail. Too briefly addresses the physical limits we will face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/14/2013

    " An antidote to liberal malaise and pessimism. Some of the example companies have failed or folded, but the larger points remain worth considering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitchell | 12/11/2013

    " A fantastic read - and bizarre to be reading something so incredibly optimistic. Makes me think that I too should be trying to change the world - or perhaps get something else to drink. But seriously, well written with good ideas and charts and statistics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 9/16/2013

    " I didn't finish this book. I wanted to. I really did. I love the idea and it makes sense to me. It was just too technical and after renewing it twice and still having it get passed due before finishing, I gave up and turned it back in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabino | 9/11/2013

    " This book open my mind to think in a different way. The only downside is that sometimes can be repetitive. An excellent reading for all the people that are afraid of the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/25/2013

    " The future could be bright. This book about the global social impact (past, current, and future) of technology and its implications makes for interesting reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Cumbie | 3/3/2013

    " Pollyannaish and politically correct but contains many interesting insights into the near future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 2/7/2013

    " Basically 'The Rational Optimist Redux.' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlyle | 9/6/2012

    " The answer to abundante is tecnology "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 8/16/2012

    " This book will likely put you in a good mood. Fascinating stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 8/15/2012

    " Lots of data about world issues and how we have the capability to solve them. If you are looking to start a company this book may prompt an idea or two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaye Sivori | 6/12/2012

    " Excellent book. A very positive book to read that will inspire thoughts of our potential future rather that negativism todays media seems to take us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Howard | 5/19/2012

    " Good - but duplicates much of what Matt Ridley talks about in Rational Optimist. Probably would have rated it 4 or 5 stars if I'd stopped at page 250 or 275. The examples/illustrations to me seemed too ponderous and too many. My reaction was "ok - I've got the point". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 5/12/2012

    " Authors have interesting points but end up often stretching the truth and misleading the reader. Unfortunate approach for what is an otherwise interesting thesis. Truth would make it better. "

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About the Author
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.
About the Narrator

Arthur Morey graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.