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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (Sept. 23 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145161683X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451616835
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

"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

“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

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

"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

"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

"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

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

"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

" 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] fascinating and inspirational -- every politician should read it (but sadly that may be too much to hope for!)" --Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, UK

"Welcome to the feel good future." -Smithsonian

"A nice reminder of how far we’ve come." --The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Peter H. Diamandis is a New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of more than fifteen high-tech companies. He is the CEO of the XPRIZE (XPrize.org), Exec. Chairman of the Singularity University (SingularityU.org), a Silicon Valley based institution backed by Google, 3D Systems and NASA. He is Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, Inc. and the Cofounder of Human Longevity, Inc. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT, where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, and Harvard Medical School, where he received his MD. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine.

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.com). His books include Bold, The Rise of Superman, Abundance, A Small Furry Prayer, West of Jesus, and The Angle Quickest for Flight. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages and his articles have appeared in over seventy publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, Forbes, and Time. He also writes Far Frontiers, a blog about science and innovation for Forbes.com.

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If you really want to understand the not so distant future, and why it is going to be better that most people realize, this is the book to read.

Abundance is a incredible narrative of the importance of technology to humanity. A must read book for anyone who wants a balanced insight into the implications of the exponential growth of the internet, genetics, robotics, nanotech, and artificial intelligence. The impact on energy, food, health care, poverty, sustainability, and even governments cannot be overstated.

This is one of the few books I gave to my friends.

PS: There is a reason the cover is wrapped in aluminum foil, find out why in chapter 1.
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While I doubt that hardcore doomsayers will change their opinions after reading this book, anyone optimistic by nature but beaten down by daily barrages of negative news should recover nicely. Full of statistics and examples, yet somehow still an enjoyable read, it's a great rallying cry for those who want to create a better future. My one criticism is not the authors' fault, but simply a result of accelerating technological change; despite being relatively recent, this book already feels a bit dated due to how fast the real world has overtaken many of its examples. But that really just proves the authors' point.
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In a world full of negativity, this wonderful piece of work is an exhilarating change. It is filled with positive thoughts and lots of optimism and still has more facts and documentation than the average individual could consume in a week of concentrated reading. The best thing is that it is written so that anyone can understand what is being put forward. The ideas may be hard to believe or accept, but no one will have difficulty reading this book.
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I enjoyed this book, but I bought it on the premise that it would offer some optimism about the future of the human race, given that things are not looking good for us. This book is really about current technology and where this may take us in the near term future. It is certainly interesting, but the topic is covered in many other books; nothing new here. This book is about futurism, not abundance. If the thesis was proven, that this tech would take us in a good direction, then I completely missed it. It simply stated that the possibility is there that it can, but didn't argue well that it would. In fact at times it was seemed to be clearly pointing out that things don't look good. Anyway, if you're looking for a book that discusses the future potential of tech, then give it a read. If you're looking to be convinced that the future is bright, then keep looking.
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Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think opens our eyes how the world is going to change and also how fast is going to change. Those changes are going to be unstoppable. Most of us are going to benefit but also some of us who are unable or unwilling to accept new ways of competition and tolerance among us are going to suffer.
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A book that will encourage you to be positive about your condition and the condition of the world. Stop being so scared and go for your dreams. Decide what you really want in life and go for it... there is so much technology and so many people that can help you to reach that dream of yours,that even if your 75 years old you can not allow your self not to have a dream.
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I only ordered this book because I loved it so much when I first read it (from the library) that I had to own it and loan it to others who want to understand how the future really is brighter than we think!
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Great antidote against the Malthusian naysayers and Prophets of Doom. Slightly short on societal consequences of abundance and future lack of work for many due to expected technological advances.
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