Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

    By Peter H Diamandis, Steven Kotler
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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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    ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Peter H. Diamandis is a New York Times" bestselling author, and the founder of more than 15 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 cofounder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. His books include the nonfiction works The Rise of Superman, Abundance, A Small Furry Prayer, and West of Jesus, as well as the novel The Angle Quickest for Flight. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. His articles have appeared in more than sixty publications, including the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, Wired, GQ, Outside, Popular Science, Men's Journal, and Discover. He also writes Far Frontiers, a blog about technology and innovation for Forbes.com, and The Playing Field, a blog about the science of sport and culture for PsychologyToday.com. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, the author Joy Nicholson.

    REVIEW QUOTES

"Welcome to the feel good future." -"Smithsonian"

Today, philanthropists, innovators and passionate entrepreneurs are more empowered than ever before to solve humanity s grand challenges. "Abundance "chronicles many of these stories and the emerging tools driving us towards an age of abundance. This is an audacious and powerful read! Jeff Skoll

This brilliant must-read book provides the key to the coming era of abundance replacing eons of scarcity, a powerful antidote to today s malaise and pessimism. --Ray Kurzweil "author of The Singularity Is Near "


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ISBN 9781451616842
Publish Date 02/20/2012
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Publisher Free Press
Language English