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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The Free Press (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451695764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451695762
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,935 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"

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DR. PETER H. DIAMANDIS is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia. Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and the Cofounder and Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project (FlowGenomeProject.co).

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By IndependentHead on 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.
Energy
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Erickson on 16 July 2013
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A great read that will open your eyes to the changes in the world that are possible with innovation. If you're tired of reading about all of the "impossible" problems that the world faces and instead want to read about people and companies that are creating real and viable solutions to these "wicked" problems, you need to read Abundance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MUMOF3BOYS! on 17 Jun. 2013
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You must get this book. Its inspiring, Positive and educational. It's about time we all started to think outside of the box and be more posititve about the world, open our eyes to possibility.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandhee on 7 Oct. 2014
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Eye opening and optimism building facts and analysis. Must read to prepare for future and find opportunities, what you can add benefits to other in future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WF on 10 Mar. 2014
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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.

Recommended
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MikeH on 15 May 2012
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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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What an excellent upliffting book - how to use technology to cure the world's problems. I like the way it gives one alternative solutions to the big problems humans are causing the earth.
A book to read certainly.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Baraniecki Mark Stuart on 28 Oct. 2012
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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: 1.
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