Peter Diamandis, fully Peter H. Diamandis

Diamandis, fully Peter H. Diamandis

Greek-American Engineer, Physician and Entrepreneur, Founder and Chairman of X Prize Foundation X Prize Foundation which offers large cash incentive prizes to inventors to solve grand challenges like space flight, low-cost mobile medical diagnostics and oil spill cleanup, Chairman of Singularity University

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Today we have made history. Today we go to the stars.

We can take matters into our own hands.

I think the world of healthcare and education are massively ripe for disruption and if left on their own will collapse. But I hope through the work at the X PRIZE and Singularity University, we can accelerate this process. My dad recently went through our healthcare system and it scared the living daylights out of me. How could it be so bad? How can it be so confusing? How can it be so impersonal? I think that technology and entrepreneurs will reinvent this field causing many of the large giants to become disrupted in this next decade. Also, because I have two toddlers at home, I think about how they will be educated, how they will learn. Again, I think that our current education system was designed for the last century and there are much better ways to enable our children to learn what is important in society today.

Improved technology enables increasing specialization that leads to more opportunities for cooperation.

In the present, for a huge chunk of the world, not much has changed. A rural peasant woman in modern Malawi spends 35 percent of her time farming food, 33 percent cooking and cleaning, 17 percent fetching clean drinking water, and 5 percent collecting firewood. This leaves only 10 percent of her day for anything else.

Kurzweil became a student of tech trends.

My goal is to create an event that will be the Oshkosh or Grand Prix of space ? an event that will attract space fans and families from around the world who want to come and see these rocket-powered ships fly, and meet the entrepreneurs building them,

Over the next eight years, three billion new individuals will be coming online, joining the global conversation, and contributing to the global economy. Their ideas?ideas we?ve never before had access to?will result in new discoveries, products, and inventions that will benefit us all.

Scarcity is often contextual.

Teaching kids how to nourish their creativity and curiosity, while still providing a sound foundation in critical thinking, literacy and math, is the best way to prepare them for a future of increasingly rapid technological change.

I think there are two problems that I?m concerned about ? one is acidification, which is why we launched the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X PRIZE, and the second is the depletion of various large fish from our oceans. I am a scuba diver and I love exploring the beauty of this magical underwater world, and the notion that my kids will not have access to that beauty concerns me greatly. I think that awareness, access to real measureable data and the intelligent use of technology is the lever we have to make a difference and we at the X PRIZE intend to use this to solve these problems to the greatest degree we can.

In 1950 the global world product was roughly four trillion dollars, he says. In 2008, fifty-eight years later, it was sixty-one trillion dollars. Where did this fifteen-fold increase come from? It came from increased productivity in our factories equipped with automation.

In the world?s most remote villages, writes Sachs, ?the conversation now often turns to the most up-to-date political and cultural events, or to changes in commodity prices, all empowered by cell phones.?

Large companies and government agencies have a lot to protect and therefore are not willing to take big risks. A large company taking a risk can threaten its stock price. A government agency taking a risk can threaten congressional investigation.

My interest is simple. Since the age of 9 I wanted to fly in space,

Over the past few decades, researchers have come to conclude that any information-based technology is advancing along exponential growth curves. This is why the cell phone in your pocket is as powerful as a mid-70s era supercomputer for a minute fraction of the cost. Besides communication technology, exponential forces are at work in computational and network systems, artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, bio-informatics, nanotechnology, human-machine interfaces, and many more. These technologies will soon enable the vast majority of human beings to experience what only the affluent have had access to thus far. In Abundance, we examine how exponential technologies are being used (and can be used) to provide 7 billion people with clean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalized education, top-tier medical care, non-polluting and ubiquitous energy.

Scientists who study the carrying capacity of the Earth?the measure of how many people can live here sustainably?have fluctuated massively in their estimations. Wild-eyed optimists believe it?s close to two billion. Dour pessimists think it might be three hundred million. But if you agree with even the most uplifting of these predictions?as Dr. Nina Fedoroff, science and technology advisor to the US secretary of state, recently told reporters?only one conclusion can be drawn: ?We need to decrease the growth rate of the global population; the planet cannot support many more people.?

Technically now. There are implants for various neuro-related diseases that are software driven. But what you mean, more like BCI related work, i think we'll start with the first real efforts within 10 years and then have "Google On the Brain" as an app inside of 20.

I think Thorium reactors are great. I?ve read about them at some length. As I discuss in Abundance, I think Nuclear has gotten a bum rap on Earth, especially in the U.S. The question I would have is "What would the X PRIZE be for?" An XP is something that a small team for a few dozen graduate students can fund, design, build and demonstrate.

In 1980, during my sophomore year at MIT, I realized that the school didn't have a student space organization. I made posters for a group I called Students for the Exploration and Development of Space and put them up all over campus. Thirty-five people showed up. It was the first thing I ever organized, and it took off!

In Zambia, farmers without bank accounts now rely on mobile phones to buy seeds and fertilizer, boosting their profits by almost 20 percent.

Large government don't disrupt gracefully... that is a problem. SO how will our Patent (IP) System look when the number of inventions increase x1000? What will happen to social security when human lifespan is greater than 120. These things will happen and they will cause some havoc. I think we are going to end up with a lot of "parallel" non-gov systems providing more efficient services in virtual worlds and by public general adoption.

New aerospace technologies coupled with the spirit of competition will not only extend the boundaries of entertainment, but continue the public's appetite for space ignited a year ago when the Ansari X-Prize was awarded.

Over the past twenty years wireless technologies and the Internet have become ubiquitous, affordable and available to almost everyone. Africa has skipped a technological generation, by-passing the landlines that stripe our Western skies for the wireless way. Today, a Masai warrior with a cellphone has better telecom capabilities than the President of the United States did 25 years ago. If he?s a Masai warrior on a smart phone with access to Google, then he has access to more information than the President did just 15 years ago. By the end of 2013, over 70 percent of humanity will have access to instantaneous, low-cost, communications and information. In other words, we are now living in a world of information and communication abundance.

Small groups of motivated DIY-ers can accomplish what was once the sole province of large corporations and governments.

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Greek-American Engineer, Physician and Entrepreneur, Founder and Chairman of X Prize Foundation X Prize Foundation which offers large cash incentive prizes to inventors to solve grand challenges like space flight, low-cost mobile medical diagnostics and oil spill cleanup, Chairman of Singularity University