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Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think [Hardcover]

Peter H. Diamandis , Steven Kotler
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21 Feb 2012
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.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1st edition (21 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451614217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451614213
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Future really is Better than you think 13 May 2013
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Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler is a well-researched and hugely optimistic book. Its central thesis is that new technologies are going to solve many of the world's resource problems over the coming ten to twenty years, bringing about a world of future abundance. The book's structure follows what the authors term 'The Abundance Pyramid': water, food, shelter, energy, education, health care and freedom (a hierarchy of human needs based loosely on Maslow). Each of these needs are explored in depth and the authors share insights from leading edge research and the likely benefits that they might bring.
Take, for example, energy, "arguably the most important lynchpin for abundance" (p.156): where is all the energy going to come from? The authors explore three options: solar and photovoltaics, synthetic biofuels and "fourth generation" nuclear power. Of these, they argue, solar has the most potential: "The German Aerospace Centre estimates that the solar power in the deserts of North Africa is enough to supply forty times the present world electricity demand" (p.157). The chapter unpacks each of these three energy sources as well as outlining other significant technical developments, which will enhance these, such as Liquid Metal Battery technologies which promise to enable us store clean energy; and development of "an intelligent network of power lines, switches and sensors able to monitor and control energy down to the. Level of a single lightbulb" (p.169).
Alongside discussion of the developments in these key areas, the authors outline four key drivers of technological progress:
The DIY Innovator - collaboration through e Internet means that small groups are far more powerful than ever before.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achievable optimism 15 May 2012
By MikeH
Abundance is about what can be achieved, provided we set the right goals.

There are inevitably political and bureaucratic hurdles before these goals come to fruition, however, hurdles are for jumping over, not directly into, and given the track record of the prime author Peter Diamandis along with his detailed derivation as to the logic behind the arguments put forward, there sure is a basis here for optimism.

Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring! 7 May 2014
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A book that shows how human mind can create technologies that can help humankind to meet its aspirations. I recommend it - really nice read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to solve the wold's problems 3 April 2014
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I read a lot on a wide variety of topics, but this is one of the most inspiring and uplifting books I have ever read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 10 Mar 2014
By W. Fox
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An excellent read giving an understanding of the problems the world faces, and some ideas about how we'll go about fixing them.

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5.0 out of 5 stars mind blowing 16 Jan 2014
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This is a fascinating look at the history of human kind and opens your eyes to a world of possibilities for tomorrow. Inspiring and informative, I recommend that everyone on the planet should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read of optimism and hope! 9 Jan 2014
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I so glad I read this book! There is so much pessimism in the world today and this book blows that apart with gusto. Thanks to the authors for opening my eyes to the new world of optimism and abundance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 5 Nov 2013
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I want all my friends and family to read this book, left me feeling far more positive about the future.
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