Peter Diamandis, fully Peter H. Diamandis

Peter
Diamandis, fully Peter H. Diamandis
1961

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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In 2010, when the Finnish multinational sold its billionth handset, it came as no surprise that the sale took place in Nigeria.

Investing in robotics is more than just money for research and development, it is a vehicle to transform American lives and revitalize the American economy. Indeed, we are at a critical juncture where we are seeing robotics transition from the laboratory to generate new businesses, create jobs, and confront the important challenges facing our nation.

Life spans 60 percent longer in 2000 than in 1900.

Now we must keep the competition going, and help push the envelope faster, higher, and cheaper, to build the safe spaceships that will carry all of us to space. To this end, we have partnered with the state of New Mexico to create the X PRIZE Cup, to attract tens of thousands of people each year to New Mexico to see the spaceships of tomorrow take racing to new heights,

Predictions about population and famine were seriously wrong, he says, while epidemics were never as bad as they were supposed to be? Furthermore, I noticed that people who pointed these facts out were heavily criticized but not refuted.?

So while I can't tell you if bringing a child into this world is the morally-responsible to do, I can say that the future, much like the present, is going to be a whole lot better than you think.

The advancement of new, transformational technologies?computational systems, networks and sensors, artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, bioinformatics, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, human-machine interfaces, and biomedical engineering.

I?ve always believed (to paraphrase computer scientist Alan Kay) that the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself, and in my five decades of experience, there is no better way to do just that than with incentive prizes.

In his first book, 1988?s The Age of Intelligent Machines, Kurzweil used his exponential growth charts to make a handful of predictions about the future. Now, certainly inventors and intellectuals are always making predictions, but his turned out to be uncannily accurate: foretelling the demise of the Soviet Union, a computer?s winning the world chess championship, the rise of intelligent, computerized weapons in warfare, autonomous cars, and, perhaps most famously, the World Wide Web.

It can be argued that because of the nonzero nature of information, the healthiest global economy is built upon the exchange of information.

Light is a fabulous example. In England, artificial lighting was twenty thousand times more expensive circa AD 1300 than it is today.

Of course, in the developed world, this may not sound like much, but it?s a game-changer most everywhere else?and not just for the obvious reasons.

Previously, invention was a linear game: create something in your head, build it in the real world, see what works, see what fails, start over on the next iteration. This was time consuming, creatively restricting, and prohibitively expensive. 3-D printing changes all of that, enabling ?rapid prototyping,? so that inventors can literally print dozens of variations on a design with little additional cost and in a fraction of the time previously required for physical prototyping.

So you have to wonder: what does it take to make a real difference? Not much, actually. Daniel Kahneman?s calculation has lately been extended to the rest of the planet. On average, across the globe, the point on the chart where well-being and money diverge is roughly $10,000. That?s how much the average global citizen needs to earn to fulfill his or her basic needs and gain a toehold toward much greater possibility.

The amygdala is always looking for something to fear.

If someone is always to blame, if every time something goes wrong someone has to be punished, people quickly stop taking risks. Without risks, there can't be breakthroughs.

In June 2011 President Obama announced the National Robotics Initiative.

It helps to have an accurate assessment of our exact starting point. If we can strip away our cynicism, what does our world really look like? How much progress has been made and not noticed?

Lindbergh made the flight to win a prize, not as a personal objective. I really saw the power of that prize written out for me in hard numbers: Nine teams spent [a combined] $400,000 to win that $25,000. It occurred to me that what space really needed was a prize to compel folks to build the ships that would take the rest of us there.

On this small planet, our grand challenges are not isolated concerns. Rather, they are stacked up like rows of dominoes.

Prizes add a really important mix to allow breakthroughs, because peer-reviewed research is typically focused on small, incremental advances.

So, in effect, the planet has grown a central nervous system.? This nervous system is the backbone of the Internet oft things.

Anyone?s words can reach everyone?s screen in an instant.

But out of 108 predictions made for 2009, 89 have come true outright and another 13 were damn close, giving Kurzweil a soothsaying record unmatched in the history of futurism.

Culture is the ability to store, exchange, and improve ideas.

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Peter
Last Name
Diamandis, fully Peter H. Diamandis
Birth Date
1961
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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