Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge; this is a book about how we rise to meet it.
According to tech entrepreneur turned philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis (and we tend to agree with him), we will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Abundance is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces a near-term future in which powerful forces will conspire to better the lives of billions. Abundance, written by Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler, is an antidote to pessimism.
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 roadmap for governments, industry and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.
Examining human need in the categories of water, food, energy, healthcare, 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, and Craig Venter, among many, many others.