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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. 

Topics: Climate Change, The Environment, Economy, Innovation, Informative, and Provocative

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ISBN: 9781451616842
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In this surprising book the authors look at many aspects of modern technological development and predict enormous positive changes in the coming few decades.As they say, "When seen through the lens of technology, few resources are truly scarce they´re mainly inaccessible. Yet the threat of scarcity still dominates our worldview.", and they go on to look at new cheap seawater purification, the falling costs of solar electricity, smart grids, open source maker groups, the democratization and cost reduction of publishing'/advertising (eg. Craig´s list) and education (eg. Khan Academy), mobile phone banking in Africa, etc. etc.Overall, their conclusions are very convincing, and they devote an interesting section to cognitive biases, particularly the natural tendency to focus on threatening situations combined with an inability to appreciate their probability. Modern information overload presents a multitude of possible threats = anxieties while in reality lives are safer and more uneventful than ever before.I would have given the book 5 stars if it weren´t for their finessing of the issue of robotic AI on employment. They say, ".... The old lower skilled jobs were replaced with higher skilled jobs, and the workforce was trained to fill them." They know that there is is world of difference between the introduction of farm machinery and new intelligent agent computers that can fly aircraft or provide advanced medical diagnosis. There´s an interesting discussion of this problem in Martin Ford´s, "The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future."more
This book is a hopeful and encouraging look at a possible future we never hear about via the mainstream media. A great cure for Armageddonitis. Highly recommended. The only fault I found with it is the gawdawful cover. As with websites, it's best not to use family members to design for you; go with the pros. Perhaps the paperback will have a professionally-designed cover.more
If you love technology and the breathtaking exponential pace in which technology changes the world, this book is for you! It reads like a biography of all the inventors & game-changers of the last 10 years, and many others I'd never heard of.more
Great book that gives a different insight to the day to day challenges that are visible. I personally enjoyed. I enriched myself with loads of concept and understanding about or resources. more
great bookmore
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In this surprising book the authors look at many aspects of modern technological development and predict enormous positive changes in the coming few decades.As they say, "When seen through the lens of technology, few resources are truly scarce they´re mainly inaccessible. Yet the threat of scarcity still dominates our worldview.", and they go on to look at new cheap seawater purification, the falling costs of solar electricity, smart grids, open source maker groups, the democratization and cost reduction of publishing'/advertising (eg. Craig´s list) and education (eg. Khan Academy), mobile phone banking in Africa, etc. etc.Overall, their conclusions are very convincing, and they devote an interesting section to cognitive biases, particularly the natural tendency to focus on threatening situations combined with an inability to appreciate their probability. Modern information overload presents a multitude of possible threats = anxieties while in reality lives are safer and more uneventful than ever before.I would have given the book 5 stars if it weren´t for their finessing of the issue of robotic AI on employment. They say, ".... The old lower skilled jobs were replaced with higher skilled jobs, and the workforce was trained to fill them." They know that there is is world of difference between the introduction of farm machinery and new intelligent agent computers that can fly aircraft or provide advanced medical diagnosis. There´s an interesting discussion of this problem in Martin Ford´s, "The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future."more
This book is a hopeful and encouraging look at a possible future we never hear about via the mainstream media. A great cure for Armageddonitis. Highly recommended. The only fault I found with it is the gawdawful cover. As with websites, it's best not to use family members to design for you; go with the pros. Perhaps the paperback will have a professionally-designed cover.more
If you love technology and the breathtaking exponential pace in which technology changes the world, this book is for you! It reads like a biography of all the inventors & game-changers of the last 10 years, and many others I'd never heard of.more
Great book that gives a different insight to the day to day challenges that are visible. I personally enjoyed. I enriched myself with loads of concept and understanding about or resources. more
great bookmore
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