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Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think

Keeping in mind with constant innovation and new ideas, we decided to dedicate this post to a
book, rather than academic articles. The following is the summary for Peter Diamandis and
Steven Kotler’s Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think.

“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. In
Abundance, space entrepreneur turned innovation pioneer Peter H. Diamandis and award-
winning science writer Steven Kotler document how progress in artificial intelligence, robotics,
infinite computing, ubiquitous broadband networks, digital manufacturing, nanomaterials,
synthetic biology, and many other exponentially growing technologies will enable us to make
greater gains in the next two decades than we have in the previous two hundred years. We will
soon have the ability to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the
planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp.

Breaking down human needs by category – water, food, energy, healthcare, education, freedom –
Diamandis and Kotler introduce us to dozens (and dozens) of innovators and industry captains
making tremendous strides in each area: Dean Kamen’s “Slingshot,” a technology which can
transform polluted water, salt water or even raw sewage into incredibly high-quality drinking
water for less than one cent a liter; the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE which promises a low-
cost, handheld medical device that allows anyone to diagnose themselves better than a board
certified doctor; Dickson Despommier’s “vertical farms,” which replaces traditional agriculture
with a system that uses 80 percent less land, 90 percent less water, 100 percent fewer pesticides
and zero transportation costs.

As a bonus, the authors provide a detailed reference section filled with ninety graphs, charts and
graphics offering much of the source data underpinning their conclusions. In this thrilling
antidote to today’s dark pessimism, the authors rely on exhaustive research and extensive
interviews with top scientists, innovators, and captains of industry to explore how four emerging
forces – exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the Rising
Billion – are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. Diamandis and Kotler examine the
stunning impact these forces are having on categories of critical importance while establishing
hard targets for change, laying out a strategic road map for governments, industry, and
entrepreneurs, and giving us plenty of reason for optimism.

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

For more information, see: http://www.abundancethebook.com/about-the-book/
For an interesting interview with the authors, see:
For a review by the Chicago Tribune, see: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/sns-




hemen parekh said:

Back  to  the  Future  -  2050 AD  ?

Times of India [ 21 May, 2012 ] reports about the existence of an Indian village which you would not expect to come across till 2050

Here are the details :

 Name of village / State

Punsari ( Himmatnagar / Gujarat )

 What does it have ( that is futuristic ) ?

• WiFi to cover village

• Optical Fibre Broadband Network

• Air conditioned Schools

• CCTV cameras in class-rooms to watch over teachers

• Schools with zero drop out rates

• 25+ CCTV at street junctions to catch litterbugs

• Mini-bus transport system

• Rs 1 lakh insurance cover for each of the 6000 villagers

• Rs 25,000 Med claim policy for each villager

• Reverse Osmosis plant to supply 20 liter clean water to each house for Rs 4 /- ( Dean Kamen, take heart ! )

 How did Panchayat ( Village Council ) manage this miracle ?

• By managing its own funds well

• By better management of funds received from State / Central Governments

• By selling part of village grazing land as plotted schemes to various communities

• Village Panchayat ( Council ) capital has gone up from Rs 25,000 five years ago to Rs 75 lakhs today

• By villagers agreeing on a co-operative approach to development

 What “ obvious “ factor did Times of India leave unstated  ?

• There are no corrupt people in the village panchayat

 My suggestions to Punsari Village Panchayat

• Invite Management Institutes to prepare case-study

• Request Peter / Steven ( Authors ) to write a sequel to their excellent book,” Abundance: Future is better than you think “

• Build a 3 star hotel in village – then invite Panchayats from all over India to send delegations on Study Tours . One more source of income . Call it “ Political Tourism “ !

With regards

hemen  Parekh


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