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Abundance, Peter H Diamandis
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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A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles
Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and
heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The
government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers-
-a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors
who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to
share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.
As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an
enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.