February 1, 2012


book: Abundance
author: by Peter Diamandis MD

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Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge; this is a book about how we rise to meet it. We’ll 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 view is backed by exhaustive research, It introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing tech 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, and Craig Venter.

  • A must-read book. A powerful antidote to today’s malaise + pessimism. — Ray Kurzweil
  • Provides proof that the proper combination of technology, people and capital can meet any grand challenge. — Sir Richard Branson
  • A vital book giving us a blinding glimpse of the innovations coming our way. — Matt Ridley
  • This book re-directs the conversation, infinite possibilities for doing good.  — Arianna Huffington
  • An audacious + powerful read. — Jeff Skoll
  • Essential reading for anyone looking to tomorrow. — Elon Musk

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