Re­mov­ing pes­simism

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Ti­tle: Abun­dance: The Fu­ture Is Bet­ter Than You Think Au­thor: Peter H. Dia­man­dis, Steven Kotler

Pub­lisher: Free Press (Fe­bru­ary 21, 2012) Price: $15.50

No. of pages: 400

The book is an an­ti­dote to pes­simism by tech en­tre­pre­neur turned phi­lan­thropist, Peter H. Dia­man­dis and award- win­ning sci­ence writer Steven Kotler. 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. 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.

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