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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, Stephen Hawking, Dean Kamen, Daniel Kahneman, Elon Musk, Bill Joy, Stewart Brand, Jeff Skoll, Ray Kurzweil, Ratan Tata, Craig Venter, and many, many others.

©2012 Peter H, Diamandis and Steven Kotler (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Inspiring up-side, a little blind on the down-side

A truly great text and often times eye opener as to what is already going on in the world that one would deem as sci-fi. But the risk of technologies as gmo, biotec and the argument for their safety by somewhat turning a blind eye on certain aspects regarding the associated safety studies popped into my mind while listening.
Still, it leaves one with a distinct can-do attitude on a global humanitarian scale.

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A bit dated, boring narrator

Not really containing any hot revelatory news but a good read for a techno-positivistic perspective on the future.

The book would not suffer by leaving out the lengthy plugs for the X-Prize and Singularity University and all sorts of course pitches.

The performance of the narrator is a bit dull and monotonous.