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Abundance : The Future Is Better Than You Think - Peter H. Diamandis

Abundance

The Future Is Better Than You Think

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Imagine 6.8 billion people with clean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalized education, top-tier medical care, and non-polluting and ubiquitous energy.

Since the dawn of humanity there has always been a privileged, prosperous few living in stark contrast to the majority struggling with disease, starvation and poverty. At first glance it seems that we'll never close this gap. With wealth now concentrated in the upper two percent of society - and serious concerns about population size, global warming, energy shortages, water shortages, food shortages, material shortages . . . this list goes on - alarmists are having a field day. And an impact. For the first time in a long time, parents are predicting a worse life for their children than their own. But none of this is accurate.

We are now entering a period of radical transformation in which, because of the exponential growth rate of technology we will soon have the ability to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Making this happen is humanity's grandest challenge - this is a book about how we can meet it.

About the Author

Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation (XPrize.org), co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University (SingularityU.org), a Silicon Valley based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT, where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School, where he received his MD.

Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation (XPrize.org), co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University (SingularityU.org), a Silicon Valley based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT, where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School, where he received his MD.

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"A nice reminder of how far we've come." --The New York Times Book Review "Welcome to the feel good future." -Smithsonian "[Abundance is] fascinating and inspirational -- every politician should read it (but sadly that may be too much to hope for!)" --Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, UK " Enough with the dystopian fiction and Mayan end-of-the-world predictions! According to tech entrepeneur and philanthropist Peter Diamandis and science writer Steven Kotler, things are getting better, not worse. " --USA Today "Abundance is not fantasy. It is a tale, say authors Diamandis and Kotler, of "good news;" a spritely and exciting collection of reasons why, despite the ever-constant refrain that Earth is on the verge of disaster, we must stay positive." --Christian Science Monitor "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 * "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 * "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 * "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

ISBN: 9781451616835
ISBN-10: 145161683X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 22nd November 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.1  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.38