- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (23 September 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781451616835
- ISBN-13: 978-1451616835
- ASIN: 145161683X
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I’d like readers to read Abundance, the Peter Diamandis book with his coauthor, because if they did that, they would see that while the headlines are really bad in the world today, the trend lines are pretty good. Extreme poverty is down. [H]ealth care is improving dramatically around the world. There are developments now which make me believe we might be able to do what we did in the 90s which is use technological developments to create more jobs than we lose. For the last few months, for the first time in literally more than a decade, 40 percent of the new jobs have been in higher wage categories. I think people should read this and get some good ideas.” (President Bill Clinton)
“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 author of The Singularity Is Near)
“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)
"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
“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
About the Author
Peter H. Diamandis is a New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of more than fifteen high-tech companies. He is the CEO of the XPRIZE (XPrize.org), Exec. Chairman of the Singularity University (SingularityU.org), a Silicon Valley based institution backed by Google, 3D Systems and NASA. He is Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, Inc. and the Cofounder of Human Longevity, Inc. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT, where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, and Harvard Medical School, where he received his MD. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine.
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.com). His books include Bold, The Rise of Superman, Abundance, A Small Furry Prayer, West of Jesus, and The Angle Quickest for Flight. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages and his articles have appeared in over seventy publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, Forbes, and Time. He also writes Far Frontiers, a blog about science and innovation for Forbes.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.