Abundance - Peter H. Diamandis


By Peter H. Diamandis

  • Release Date: 2012-02-21
  • Genre: Social Science
Abundance book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 177 Ratings)

Abundance Peter H. Diamandis Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge—this is a book about how we rise to meet it.


We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions. An antidote to pessimism by tech entrepreneur turned philanthropist, Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler. 

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 by category—water, food, energy, healthcare, education, 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, Craig Venter, among many, many others. 

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User reviews about this book

  • Encouraging

    By yulmbutler
    Abundance is scholarly look at global problems and the convergence of technologies and philanthropy to solve them. For scholars and givers...
  • Abundance

    By ynotlaurian
    This is the best quasi-scientific book I have read so far I'm my entire reading career. It has provided, for me at least, a huge dose of optimism and most of all a rekindling of hope in the future of mankind. A "must" read.
  • Adundance

    By Son of WWII Vet
    This is a hard read. The background and ideas seem legitimate, the theoretics are somewhat far fetched. As a reader, it seemed to jump around and did not have the flow of a good book.
  • The rise of automation

    By PirateRo
    This is a wonderfully compelling book that clears away the cobwebs and smoke by explaining things from the perspective of a different model, one of abundance brought to you by technology. As Will Robinson's mom told him, so shall we do: We will make new friends. And doing so, we will remake the world to be a kinder, gentle place than the one we received, making sure everyone can contribute and that no one lacks food, shelter, medicine or education. We will do away with economic slavery once and for all and we will stop using people like machines.

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