Abundance

Abundance

The Future Is Better Than You Think

Book - 2012
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Providing abundance is humanity's grandest challenge--this is a book about how we rise to meet it.

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. 
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451614213
1451614217
Characteristics: xi, 386 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kotler, Steven 1967-

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StarGladiator
Sep 01, 2015

The future is grand! Sayeth this dude! Oh wow, and for sure! Except, we are now at the greatest point of concentration of wealth, thanks to that awesome power of money creation entitlement! Fabulous, but monopoly-finance is the future and to date it has been stifling! If the future is anything like the past [the super-rich financing various terrorist groups, et cetera], I expect worse and worse. . . .

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WCLSSumasLibrary
Aug 31, 2015

Interesting take on the future and how it may not be as bleak and dire as some predict. Some solid, researched ideas for providing for the future.

lingo480 Apr 18, 2015

Everyone needs to read this book! In particular, our politicians!!

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writermala
Mar 20, 2015

As often as I have heard doomsday predictions of how the population explosion is going to impact the world, I have remained positive. To have this book confirm my beliefs was just thrilling. The authors provide hard evidence as to why the world is going to be a wonderful place to live in. We are all seeing how much the techno-philanthropists are doing and how the developing world is booming just as well as the developed world. The future is now and now is great!

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