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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:
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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, including 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.

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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

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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