Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

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A nicely optimistic look. . .if a touch starry-eyed, at least a dream worth nurturing.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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. 
 

About Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

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Peter H. Diamandis is the chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, cofounder and chairman of Singularity University, and the founder of more than a dozen high-tech companies. He has degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering from MIT and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Steven Kotler is the author of the bestselling novel The Angle Quickest for Flight and the nonfiction work West of Jesus, a 2006 PEN West finalist. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Wired, Discover, Popular Science, Details, Outside, National Geographic, and elsewhere. He also writes "The Playing Field," a blog about the science of sport, for PsychologyToday.com. Steven runs the Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary with his wife in New Mexico. Arthur Morey has recorded over two hundred audiobooks in history, fiction, science, business, and religion, earning a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and two Audie Award nominations. He was an editor at two publishers and taught writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed. Arthur attended Harvard and the University of Chicago.
 
Published February 21, 2012 by Free Press. 432 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 15 2012

A nicely optimistic look. . .if a touch starry-eyed, at least a dream worth nurturing.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Jon Gertner on Mar 30 2012

...I’m fairly certain even the most skeptical readers will come away from “Abundance” feeling less gloomy.

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Shermer on Feb 22 2012

But Messrs. Diamandis and Kotler are not just dreamers. They lay out a plausible road map. . .

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Kate Wiede on Feb 28 2012

. . .Kotler and Diamandis patiently and carefully answer the skeptical thoughts they know you will have.

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New Scientist

Below average
Reviewed by Jeff Hecht on Feb 24 2012

. . .as a veteran technology writer, I found the book's cheerleading tone rose rapidly to a crescendo of irrational exuberance.

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Inside Higher Ed

Excellent
Reviewed by Joshua Kim on Apr 09 2012

. . .gets us out of what is immediately before our eyes, and gives us a framework to think about where we may go in the future.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

Above average
Reviewed by Timothy Ogden on Jun 01 2012

I’m a skeptic by nature and by no means convinced by Auerswald, but I’m more hopeful than I was before picking up the book. Maybe the failures of Abundance’s authors to appreciate what it truly takes to solve problems simply don’t matter after all.

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