Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

Author(s): 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.

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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"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 Ferris "#1 NY Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek "

DR. PETER H. DIAMANDIS is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia. Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and the Cofounder and Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project (FlowGenomeProject.co).

General Fields

  • : 9781451616835
  • : Free Press
  • : Free Press
  • : September 2014
  • : 216mm X 135mm X 27mm
  • : United States
  • : March 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter H. Diamandis; Steven Kotler
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 303.48/3
  • : 432
  • : index, notes