Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You ThinkHardback Free Press
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- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
- Format: Hardback | 386 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 38mm | 567g
- Publication date: 21 February 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1451614217
- ISBN 13: 9781451614213
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 50,087
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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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.
""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"