For me the word "abundance" is associated with a positive, peaceful state of mind. In essence, it's the opposite of viewing the world from a place of need, fear or greed. And it's a fantastic title for a blog, a movie, a company, or a book. Wish I had thought of it!

In the forthcoming book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, the authors, Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, suggest that our future will be shaped by four emerging forces:

  • the exponential technologies,
  • the DIY innovator,
  • the Technophilanthropist, and
  • the Rising Billion.

The terms aren't defined on the portal and the first chapter doesn't introduce them either, but the marketing of the book is beautifully well aligned with the title in the sense that it makes the potential reader feel the abundance they (those who are promoting the book) have to share with the rest of the world.

Those who pre-order the book are promised a bundle of benefits. Customers who place an order before February 13, 2012 on the book's portal will receive:

  • access to Singularity University’s private graduate training video library (covering AI, robotics, computing systems, neuroscience, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, energy, and innovation);
  • a $1200 gift certificate toward attendance at SU’s 7-day Executive Program at the NASA Ames Campus in 2012;
  • free online access to view Transcendent Man, a documentary film chronicling the life and controversial ideas of Ray Kurzweil; and
  • an invitation to a meeting with the book’s authors via webcast.

That's a lot for $24. I pre-ordered my copy before I wrote this post.