- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Free Press (21 February 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451614217
- ISBN-13: 978-1451614213
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
- Customer Reviews: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,10,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“At a moment when our world faces multiple crises and is awash in pessimism, Abundance redirects the conversation, spotlighting scientific innovators working to improve people's lives around the world. The result is more than a portrait of brilliant minds - it's a reminder of the infinite possibilities for doing good when we tap into our own empathy and wisdom.”—Arianna Huffington, CEO, Huffington Post
“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, inventor, author and futurist, author of The Singularity is Near
"Now that human beings communicate so easily, I suspect that nothing can stop the inevitable torrent of new technologies, new ideas and new arrangements that will transform the lives of our children. Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler give us a blinding glimpse of the innovations that are coming our way — and that they are helping to create. This is a vital book."—Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist
“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 Ferriss, #1 NY Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek
“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
“Abundance provides proof that the proper combination of technology, people and capital can meet any grand challenge.”—Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Group
"Our future depends on optimists like Diamandis...even the most skeptical readers will come away from Abundance feeling less gloomy." --New York Times Book Review
"A manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the world's most pressing concerns: overpopulation, food, water, energy, education, health care and freedom. " --The Wall Street Journal
"A breezy case for optimism... Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think...[is] a godsend for those who suffer from Armageddon fatigue." --The Economist
“In Abundance: Why the Future is Better Than You Think, Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler offer a vision of the future that’s truly awesome in both the most traditional and modern understandings of the word; it’s as big as it as awe inspiring.” –The Futurist
About the Author
Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, co-founder and Chairman of Singularity University and the founder of more than a dozen high tech companies. Diamandis has degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering from MIT, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
Steven Kotler is an author and journalist. His books include A Small Furry Prayer, West of Jesus, and The Angle Quickest for Flight. His articles have appeared in more than sixty publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Wired, Discover, GQ, and National Geographic. He also writes a regular blog for PsychologyToday.com.
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We’ve all read enough books written by the prophets of doom on how we are running out of water, clean air , not enough food for the 9 billion people that inhabit the earth…glum tomes written by economists of diverse political orientation – telling us what is wrong with the world and whom to blame. This is an industry in itself with one book hitting the book stores every month.
Enter Peter Diamandis – the space innovation pioneer and Steven Kotler, the science writer. They take us thru some amazing technologies like Robotics, Digital Manufacturing, Synthetic Biology and other exponentially growing technologies and sociological trends – like the new age philanthropists, the DIY innovators and show us solutions (and some WIP solutions) that will ensure that we will have a world of abundance in the not so distant future in the areas of energy, education, health care and freedom.
I’ve not heard of either Diamandis – the space innovator or Steven Kotler, the Science writer before since my reading on science and technology is very limited. Their writing is compelling and their arguments are flawless. Quoting from the past – they convince us by the end of the book that unlike before – in today’s connected and networked world – change will happen and will happen faster.
The book takes us thru esoteric technologies and how it will impact us in our day to day living and benefit the poorest of the poor. At times, you get a feeling that the solutions and its positive impact has been oversimplified….
The book has a strong argument that once technologies which are originally very expensive ( think LED), over a period of time given economies of production and wide-spread usage – become really affordable to all. The benefits of science and technology (and also changes in society) will spread to the far corners of the world thru advanced communication technology which has already hit rock bottom in pricing.
The examples and the data are interesting. I
Overall a heady cocktail of ideas and propositions. The book is an interesting canvas and at the intersection of social sciences and technology. Some books set you thinking – and this is one such book. You end the book feeling optimistic about the future….about how many books can you say that?
A great read ! Do buy.