Abundance

Abundance

The Future Is Better Than You Think

Audiobook CD - 2012
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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 of people. This book is 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 road map for governments, industry, and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.

Examining human need by category--water, food, energy, health care, education, and 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, and many, many others.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Audio, p2012
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9781452657189
Branch Call Number: CD BK 303.483 DIA
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (ca. 10.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Kotler, Steven 1967-
Morey, Arthur

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Jan 03, 2017

An enthusiastic and highly optimistic view of the future, although its vision is marred by many incoherences and contradictions, indeed, to many to list. The most glaring is that the authors tell us of a near utopia due to technology and scientific advances, but its segments on education highlight (what are commonly bundled together under the labels) the arts and humanities, and even have a negative take on science and technical subjects. A very good antidote to the doom and gloom visions of the future (which is its own publishing sub-industry).

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