Monday, November 19, 2012

Abundance by Peter Diamandis

This book's full title is Abundance, The Future is better than you think. The authors are Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler. I loved this book. There is so much negativity in much that is available to read on the future. If you want an optimistic view, this is the book to read. Yes, the future may not turn out the way he paints it, but there is reason for great optimism about our future.

He talks about what people are doing now and what people are now working on. The x-prizes have been a great idea as they have achieved what lots of people thought impossible. You need no look any further than the first x-prize which got companies interested in space. On YouTube, see Space Ship One X-prize first and Space Ship One X-prize second flight.

Peter gives a talk on his book on YouTube. Peter Diamandis has his own web site. There is another talk by Peter Diamandis called "Which Way Next? with Guest Peter Diamandis," the Abundance book's author on YouTube. This is a Singularity University's Live Webcast series. This is 54 minute video. His speech last for around 26 minutes and then he asks questions.

Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future talk on TED. There is a short interview with Peter Diamandis at Technology Review about his prize giving. He is behind the X-Prizes. Read Peter's Laws . This is also called "The creed of the persistent and passionate mind".

One of the things he talks about is the Slingshot water purifier. See YouTube video on this. Coca Cola is teaming up with Deka Research & Development Corporation to bring these machines to where they are needed in South America and Africa. See report on Environment Leader. See coca cola's press release.

One of the great things about this book is his references. For example, he talked about a 2006 TED address by Hans Rosling. So I went to and search for Hans Rosling 2006 and got the speech Hans made. He later talked about the robot PR2 that he talked about had YouTube video footage. I went on my compute and goggled "YouTube PR2 Robot" and got the YouTube videos on this robot.

The video of Salman Khan of This is all about education.

On my website is how to find this book on Amazon if you care to purchase it. See Diamondis. Also, this book review and other books I have reviewed are on my website at Book Reviews.

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