8 min read

How to 10x Your Creativity & Productivity

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 22, 2021

When was the last time you were “in the zone” in your work? The last time you were so involved in a project that everything else was forgotten?  

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Abundance 360 innovators
6 min read

How You Can Use Peter’s Laws

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 17, 2021

What are your core beliefs? What drives your subconscious decisions?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Abundance 360 innovators Peter's Laws
7 min read

Use Google’s 8 Innovation Principles in Your Startup

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 14, 2021

Google has revolutionized the way we search for information online. 

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 innovators
7 min read

How to Disrupt Yourself (Before Someone Else Does)

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 10, 2021

In today’s world, change is the only constant—and the rate of change is itself increasing.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 innovators
6 min read

Martine Rothblatt’s Story: Turning a Crisis into a Moonshot

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 6, 2021

You just learned that your daughter’s disease gives her less than 5 years to live. How do you react?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Abundance 360 moonshot Moonshots Martine Rothblatt
6 min read

How We Get to Computing Abundance

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 3, 2021

What if computing were unlimited… as in infinite? What type of problems could we solve? What could we simulate, model, and calculate? 

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship AI Abundance 360 quantum computing computation
2 min read

Your Roadmap for Leading Disruptive Change

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 30, 2021

 

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship The 6 D's Exponentials Abundance 360
6 min read

Elon’s Advice for Entrepreneurs

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 29, 2021

 

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Abundance 360 cognitive bias
3 min read

How to Choose the Best Opportunities for YOU

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 22, 2021

 

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Abundance 360 MTP
15 min read

One of the Proudest Moments of My Life

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 21, 2021

In 2007, I had the incredible opportunity to fly Professor Stephen Hawking, the world's expert in gravity, into zero gravity aboard a specially-modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft called G-FORCE ONE.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Abundance 360 a360 Zero-G
6 min read

How to Future-Proof Your Business

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 15, 2021

Entrepreneurs will create more wealth in the next decade than we did in the past century.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Abundance 360 future
7 min read

AI in 2041: The Vision of Dr. Kai-Fu Lee

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 12, 2021

If you had to predict what AI will look like in 20 years, what would you envision? 

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship AI Abundance 360 Artificial Intellegence
4 min read

The Importance of Finding Your Purpose

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 8, 2021

Making a dent in the universe or solving the world’s biggest problems requires a TON of hard work. 

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Abundance 360 Moonshots entrepreneur MTP
3 min read

How to Impact Your Longevity TODAY

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 7, 2021

Do you have a Longevity Mindset?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Medicine/Health Longevity Abundance 360
5 min read

Google Gets Us Closer to Error-Corrected Quantum Computing

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 6, 2021

One of the biggest barriers standing in the way of useful quantum computers is how error-prone today’s devices are.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship AI Exponentials Abundance 360 quantum computing computation exponential technology
9 min read

What is Your True Biological Age?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 2, 2021

Imagine a future in which age becomes a health state.

Topics: Education Abundance AR/VR Entrepreneurship Exponentials Medicine/Health Longevity Abundance 360
7 min read

VR-Enhanced Learning & Memory

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 29, 2021

Can virtual reality (VR) help us treat Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders?

Topics: Education Abundance AR/VR Entrepreneurship Exponentials Medicine/Health Longevity Abundance 360 virtual reality Learning Upgrade
6 min read

First Successful Transplant of a Robotic Heart

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 26, 2021

Every 10 minutes someone is added to the organ transplant waiting list in the US. 

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Medicine/Health Longevity Abundance 360 surgery exponential technology organ transplant
6 min read

Can CRISPR Gene Therapy Be a Single Injection?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 22, 2021

CRISPR gene editing technology is revolutionizing healthcare as we know it.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Medicine/Health Longevity Abundance 360 gene therapy CRISPR exponential technology
6 min read

Japan Breaks the Record for Internet Speed

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 19, 2021

Thanks to advances in internet speed, we can now download the entire Netflix catalog in less than a second.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 the Internet exponential technology
9 min read

AI Solves 50-Year-Old Challenge in Biology

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 15, 2021

Thanks to AI, we just got stunningly powerful tools to decode life itself.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship AI Medicine/Health Abundance 360 health healthcare Biology
7 min read

Viome: Imagine No Chronic Diseases or Cancer

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 11, 2021

What if we could reverse or even prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Medicine/Health Longevity Abundance 360 health healthcare Viome
5 min read

How to Write Effective Emails

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 10, 2021

Over 300 billion emails are sent every day. That's 3.5 million emails sent per second.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Abundance 360 communication
7 min read

Robots: Our New Friends & Colleagues

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 8, 2021

The robots are coming! For years, Hollywood has warned us about the rise of robots, especially those of the stone-cold killer variety.

Topics: 3D Printing Robotics Abundance Entrepreneurship AI Exponentials Abundance 360 robots
9 min read

How Age Reversal Solves Global Underpopulation

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 5, 2021

Worried about overpopulation and overcrowding?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Medicine/Health Longevity Abundance 360 gene therapy healthcare CRISPR population
6 min read

Why an Exponential Mindset is CRITICAL for Entrepreneurs

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 1, 2021

Having an Exponential Mindset can mean the difference between success and failure—between leading disruptive change or being the victim of it.  

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 a360
4 min read

6 Benefits of an Abundance Mindset

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 29, 2021

Having an Abundance Mindset can transform your life, your team, and your company.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 a360
8 min read

How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Healthcare

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 25, 2021

It’s January 2026. You wake up. Your digital health assistant takes thirty seconds to run a full diagnostic of your body, deploying dozens of sensors capturing gigabytes of data. It tells you that based on the last 48 hours, you might be coming down with the flu. 

Topics: Medicine/Health Abundance 360 Artificial Intellegence healthcare preventive medicine personalized medicine
8 min read

Why You Need GRIT

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 22, 2021

An overnight success… after 10 years of hard work!

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 persistence grit
7 min read

Waves of Exponential Tech Advancements

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 18, 2021

How do you become an “expert” in exponential tech?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Abundance 360 Metatrends
7 min read

Fountain of Youth?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 13, 2021

Have you heard of “parabiosis”?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials healthcare Platinum Trip Abundance Platinum
6 min read

How XPRIZE Works

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 11, 2021

The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials XPRIZE
9 min read

Be the CEO of Your Own Health

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 8, 2021

Today’s typical medical check-up is based largely on a physical exam developed in the 1820s using tools that haven’t been upgraded in over a hundred years.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials healthcare Platinum Trip Abundance Platinum
8 min read

10 Metatrends for YOUR Next Startup

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 4, 2021

Over the next decade, waves of exponential tech advancements will stack atop one another, eclipsing decades of breakthroughs in scale and impact.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Abundance 360 Metatrends
7 min read

7 Business Models for the Decade Ahead

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 1, 2021

Some of the most potent innovation taking place today does not involve breakthrough technologies…. but rather the creation of fundamentally new business models.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship The 6 D's Exponential Organizations Abundance 360 business model
4 min read

6 Benefits of a Moonshot Mindset

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 27, 2021

What if you could achieve 10X growth while your competitors only achieve 10%? 

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Mindset Abundance 360 Moonshots Astro Teller
5 min read

Stone Soup: The Entrepreneurial Guidebook

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 24, 2021

Have you ever read the children’s story “Stone Soup”?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Abundance 360 Stone Soup
7 min read

Disrupting Money? (Crypto & DeFi)

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 20, 2021

Bitcoin is completely reshaping our understanding and use of money.

Topics: Abundance Bitcoin Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 cryptocurrencies crypto ethereum DeFi
4 min read

How to Launch Your BOLD Idea (Super-credibility)

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 17, 2021

How you launch your next BOLD idea is just as important as the idea itself.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 super-credibility
9 min read

Becoming an Exponential Entrepreneur

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 13, 2021

Being an entrepreneur today is vastly different than it was 20 years ago.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360
9 min read

Future of Money (Part 1)

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 9, 2021

Every day, roughly 80% of all market trades are made by computers. 

Topics: Abundance Bitcoin Entrepreneurship Finance Exponentials Abundance 360 cryptocurrencies crowdfunding fintech crypto ethereum
9 min read

Elon’s Mindset & Strategies

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 7, 2021

Elon Musk’s entrepreneurial success is a direct result of his mindset, strategies, and intelligence.  

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 Elon Musk
7 min read

Reproductive Longevity & Your Lifespan

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 2, 2021

Women’s reproductive longevity is perhaps the most important understudied field of medicine. And its link to our lifespans is unmistakable.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Longevity Abundance 360 Platinum Trip Abundance Platinum Women's Health Buck Institute
7 min read

A New Era of Social Robots

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 30, 2021

Can robots be socially and emotionally intelligent?

Topics: Education Robotics Abundance Entrepreneurship AI Exponentials Abundance 360 robots future of education
8 min read

Dreamscape: 21st Century Education

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 23, 2021

How do we reinvent education, one of our oldest institutions? 

Topics: Education Abundance AR/VR Entrepreneurship AI Exponentials Abundance 360 future of education
6 min read

The Science of Age Reversal

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 16, 2021

Why do we age… and do we have to?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Longevity Abundance 360 gene therapy Platinum Trip Abundance Platinum
5 min read

Quantum Supremacy: What Now?

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 2, 2021

Imagine a computer that could crack the most sophisticated network in a mere few seconds. Perfectly model complex weather and biological systems.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 quantum computing Google Sycamore Rigetti Computing qubit IBM Q53
4 min read

Clean Water Abundance

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 25, 2021

Today, 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water. 

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 climate change water
4 min read

Change your mindset to change your life

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 18, 2021

What made Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk succeed? Was it their technology or their mindset? 

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 exponential technology
6 min read

Human Capital Abundance

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 11, 2021

We are about to massively increase the amount of human genius on planet Earth in two distinct ways.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 5G bci brain machine interface Neuralink human capital genius crowdsourcing genius human intelligence
5 min read

Restoring biodiversity

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 4, 2021

The combination of climate change, deforestation, pollution, overfishing, and more have produced a biodiversity crisis.

Topics: Energy Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 Drones exponential technology biodiversity
5 min read

How long will you live?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 28, 2021

How long you live is a function of many factors, including your mindset. You can will yourself to death... or will yourself to a longer healthspan.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Longevity Abundance 360 healthcare Platinum Trip exponential technology
6 min read

Fundraising Over Zoom

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 21, 2021

Billions of dollars of investment were closed over Zoom this past year.

Historically, fundraising used to require getting on a flight, wearing a suit, and many longggg road shows ... now, entrepreneurs are raising their seed, Series A, Series B, and billions in SPAC funding over Zoom from the comfort of their home office, bedroom or kitchen.

This blog is all about practical advice: the “Dos” and “Don’ts” of pitching yourself and your company over Zoom.

The goal is to help you avoid mistakes and up your ZOOM-PITCHING success.

For the blog, I connected with a number of friends in the VC world, and grouped their input with my own. If you’re interested, here’s who contributed: Teymour Boutros-Ghali & Neal Bhadkamkar (BOLD Capital Partners); Dakin Sloss (Prime Mover Lab); Scott Stanford (ACME Capital); Courtney Reum (M13); Will Weisman (KittyHawk Ventures); and Steve Jurvetson (Future Ventures).

Some of their advice is priceless!

Let’s dive in... 

DON’T Do This…

When you’re pitching yourself and your company over Zoom, avoid these mistakes: 

Poor Zoom Etiquette

  • Showing up late: First things first: be on time. In fact, sign in a couple of minutes early. First impressions count.
  • Being too casual: Don’t do the meeting in your pajamas or looking like you just got out of bed. You can always show more of your personality later.
  • Awful background & lighting: Respect how others are seeing you on Zoom. Don’t be backlit, choose a reasonable background. As one VC put it, avoid communicating this attitude: “I am so busy that I will do a video call from my car with bad visuals and bad sound.”
  • Not looking at the camera: Make sure you know where the camera is on your setup, and *look into the camera.* There’s nothing worse than having your line-of-sight way off.
  • Take Zoom off screen share if you’re done with slides: First, you should minimize the amount of PowerPoint you use, but importantly, when you’re not discussing the slides, and just having a conversation, take it off of screen share. 
  • Eating during your pitch: Do you really need to have lunch while pitching your startup?
  • Sending a private message to everyone: This is the Zoom equivalent of “replying all” unnecessarily in email. 

Not Engaging Your Audience (and Team)

  • Not “reading the room”: This is harder to do over Zoom, but it’s still important. The onus is on you to stop, ask if there are questions, and foster a discussion.
  • Monologuing: The reality is that there’s a greater risk of people multitasking while they’re in a Zoom meeting. Don’t monologue. Pause, and make sure the audience is with you. Pause and ask if there are any questions.
  • Not engaging your team: If you have members of your team join the Zoom, but you don’t give them an opportunity to present or participate, then why are they there? Show the VC that you’re a team player and engage your team.

Here’s how to IMPRESS the Venture Fund

Here’s how to actually impress the VCs during your Zoom pitch:

Do the Pre-work 

  • Send materials before the meeting: Send any materials and an overview ahead of the meeting. But you shouldn’t assume that they have read through everything and absorbed it. Start the meeting by recapping and summarizing.
  • Do your research: Take the time to research the people you’re meeting with: what are their interests, your common connections? Build early rapport.
  • Give yourself enough time: If possible, schedule an hour-long meeting, but only use half of it to pitch. Reserve 50% for conversation and Q&A.

Making a Connection Instead of Giving a Lecture

  • Connect first, pitch afterwards. Ask questions up front: Instead of diving into a pitch, explain who you are, and find out who they are. Ask a few questions early so that it’s a two-way conversation and not a lecture. Connect as people not as a transaction.
  • Be conversational: The best Zoom pitches are engaging and conversational. You want to make sure that the investor understands you and your business and can feel your passion.
  • Keep the energy high: This is part of keeping your audience engaged. If you’re not excited about what you’re building, why should they be? One way to do this is to consider standing during your presentation to generate energy/enthusiasm.
  • Maintain eye contact: Talk directly to your audience, and not some unseen person off-screen. Look at the little bright light next to the camera on your laptop.

Running an Effective Meeting

  • Engage your team: If your team members are also in the meeting, then each of them should have a role to play during the Zoom call. Your teamwork should show. A team that works well together in-person can also communicate that ability over Zoom.
  • Sufficient time for Q&A: The most important part of your meeting is AFTER you finish the briefing. This is when the VC gets to ask you questions and engage with you. Leave plenty of time so they can steer the conversation.
  • Say thank you: Being polite is always good.
  • Feedback & next steps: Make sure you ask for immediate feedback, and for the best next step.

Final Thoughts

Being an entrepreneur is all about being adaptable. 

That includes how and where you tell the story of what you’re building. Given that so many deals are now being done over Zoom, know the best practices and use them.

The tips in this blog should help you take advantage of what I call our current era of “capital abundance.”

Join My Abundance 360 Community

If you want to understand how to use converging exponential technologies to create breakthroughs during this era of capital abundance, then consider joining my Abundance 360 Community.

Every year, my team and I select a group of 360 entrepreneurs and CEOs to coach over the course of a year-long program. A360 members participate in quarterly Implementation works, monthly webinars and in an annual live event. You can join at any time for a full year worth of personal coaching.

My mission is to help A360 members obtain mastery in four specific Mindsets: an Abundance Mindset; an Exponential Mindset; a Purpose-driven Mindset (through their MTP); and a Longevity Mindset. Together we will actively select and reinforce your preferred Mindsets.

To learn more and apply to A360, visit abundance360.com

Topics: Entrepreneurship Finance Exponentials capital venture capital investing Fundraising
5 min read

Materials Science: Unsung Hero

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 14, 2021

Few people recognize the vast implications of materials science.

To build today’s smartphone in the 1980s, it would cost about $110 million, require nearly 200 kilowatts of energy, and the device would be 14 meters tall, according to Applied Materials CTO Omkaram Nalamasu.

That's the power of materials advances. Materials science has democratized smartphones, bringing the technology to the pockets of over 3.5 billion people.

But far beyond devices and circuitry, materials science stands at the center of innumerable breakthroughs across energy, future cities, transit, and medicine.

As the name suggests, materials science is the branch devoted to the discovery and development of new materials. It’s an outgrowth of both physics and chemistry, using the periodic table as its grocery store and the laws of physics as its cookbook.

And today, we are in the middle of a materials science revolution. In this blog, we’ll unpack the most important materials advancements happening now.

Let’s dive in… 

The Materials Genome Initiative

In June 2011 at Carnegie Mellon University, President Obama announced the Materials Genome Initiative, a nationwide effort to use open source methods and AI to double the pace of innovation in materials science.

Obama felt this acceleration was critical to the U.S.'s global competitiveness, and held the key to solving significant challenges in clean energy, national security, and human welfare.

And it worked.

By using AI to map the hundreds of millions of different possible combinations of elements—hydrogen, boron, lithium, carbon, etc.—the initiative created an enormous database that allows scientists to play a kind of improv jazz with the periodic table.

This new map of the physical world lets scientists combine elements faster than ever before and is helping them create all sorts of novel elements.

And an array of new fabrication tools are further amplifying this process, allowing us to work at altogether new scales and sizes, including the atomic scale, where we’re now building materials one atom at a time.

Biggest Materials Science Breakthroughs

These tools have helped create the metamaterials used in carbon fiber composites for lighter-weight vehicles, advanced alloys for more durable jet engines, and biomaterials to replace human joints.

We’re also seeing breakthroughs in energy storage and quantum computing.

In robotics, new materials are helping us create the artificial muscles needed for humanoid, soft robots—think Westworld in your world.

Let’s unpack some of the leading materials science breakthroughs of the past decade.

(1) Lithium-ion batteries

The lithium-ion battery, which today powers everything from our smartphones to our autonomous cars, was first proposed in the 1970s. It couldn’t make it to market until the 1990s, and didn’t begin to reach maturity until the past few years.

An exponential technology, these batteries have been dropping in price for three decades, plummeting 90% between 1990 and 2010, and 80% since. Concurrently, they’ve seen an eleven-fold increase in capacity.

But producing enough of them to meet demand has been an ongoing problem. Tesla has stepped up to the challenge: one of the company’s Gigafactories in Nevada churns out 20 gigawatts of energy storage per year, marking the first time we’ve seen lithium-ion batteries produced at scale.

Musk predicts 100 Gigafactories could store the energy needs of the entire globe. Other companies are moving quickly to integrate this technology as well: Renault is building a home energy storage based on their Zoe batteries, BMW’s 500 i3 battery packs are being integrated into the UK’s national energy grid, and Toyota, Nissan, and Audi have all announced pilot projects.

Lithium-ion batteries will continue to play a major role in renewable energy storage, helping bring down solar and wind energy prices to compete with those of coal and gasoline.

(2) Graphene

Derived from the same graphite found in everyday pencils, graphene is a sheet of carbon just one atom thick. It is nearly weightless, but 200 times stronger than steel. Conducting electricity and dissipating heat faster than any other known substance, this super-material has transformative applications.

Graphene enables sensors, high-performance transistors, and even gel that helps neurons communicate in the spinal cord. Many flexible device screens, drug delivery systems, 3D printers, solar panels, and protective fabric use graphene.

As manufacturing costs decrease, this material has the power to accelerate advancements of all kinds.

(3) Perovskite

Right now, the “conversion efficiency” of the average solar panel—a measure of how much captured sunlight can be turned into electricity—hovers around 20-22%, at a cost of roughly $3 per watt.

Perovskite, a light-sensitive crystal and one of our newer new materials, has the potential to take that conversion efficiency much higher. Last year, scientists paired perovskite with silicon in a hybrid solar cell that achieved a new world record of 30% efficiency. 

And perovskite has the potential to get that number up to 66%.

The ingredients that make up perovskite are both widely available and inexpensive to combine. What do all these factors add up to? Affordable solar energy for everyone.

Materials of the Nano-World

Nanotechnology is the outer edge of materials science, the point where matter manipulation gets nano-small—that’s a million times smaller than an ant, 8,000 times smaller than a red blood cell, and 2.5 times smaller than a strand of DNA.

Nanobots are machines that can be directed to produce more of themselves, or more of whatever else you’d like. And because this takes place at an atomic scale, these nanobots can pull apart any kind of material—soil, water, air—atom by atom, and use these now raw materials to construct just about anything.

Progress has been surprisingly swift in the nano-world, with a bevy of nano-products now on the market.

Never want to fold clothes again? Nanoscale additives to fabrics help them resist wrinkling and staining.

Don’t do windows? Not a problem! Nano-films make windows self-cleaning, anti-reflective, and capable of conducting electricity.

Want to add solar to your house? We’ve got nano-coatings that capture the sun’s energy.

Nanomaterials make lighter automobiles, airplanes, baseball bats, helmets, bicycles, luggage, power tools—the list goes on.

Researchers at Harvard built a nanoscale 3D printer capable of producing miniature batteries less than one millimeter wide.

And if you don’t like those bulky VR goggles, researchers are now using nanotech to create smart contact lenses with a resolution six times greater than that of today’s smartphones.

And even more is coming. Right now, in medicine, drug delivery nanobots are proving especially useful in fighting cancer. Computing is a stranger story, as a bioengineer at Harvard recently stored 700 terabytes of data in a single gram of DNA.

On the environmental front, scientists can take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into super-strong carbon nanofibers for use in manufacturing. If we can do this at scale—powered by solar—a system 10% the size of the Sahara Desert could reduce CO2 in the atmosphere to pre-industrial levels in about a decade.

The applications are endless. And coming fast. Over the next decade, the impact of the very, very small is about to get very, very large.

Final Thoughts

With the help of artificial intelligence and quantum computing over the next decade, the discovery of new materials will accelerate exponentially.

And with these new discoveries, customized materials will grow commonplace. Future knee implants will be personalized to meet the exact needs of each body, both in terms of structure and composition.

Though invisible to the naked eye, nanoscale materials will integrate into our everyday lives, seamlessly improving medicine, energy, smartphones, and more.

Ultimately, the path to demonetization and democratization of advanced technologies starts with re-designing materials— the invisible enabler and catalyst. Our future depends on the materials we create.

Join MY ABUNDANCE 360 COMMUNITY

If you want to understand how to use exponential technologies to transform your business and create breakthroughs, then consider joining my Abundance 360 Community.

Every year, my team and I select a group of 360 entrepreneurs and CEOs to coach over the course of a year-long program. A360 starts each January with a live event and continues every two months with Implementation Workshops, in which I personally coach members in small groups over Zoom.

My mission is to help A360 members identify their MTP, select their moonshot, and craft an Abundance, Exponential, and Longevity Mindset. Together we will actively select and reinforce your preferred Mindsets.

To learn more and apply to A360, visit abundance360.com

 

Topics: Materials Science Exponentials materials exponential technology biodiversity
6 min read

Capital Velocity… LOTS of $$$

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 7, 2021

Nothing accelerates technological innovation like cash. Lots of cash.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Finance Exponentials Abundance 360 crowdfunding capital venture capital investing exponential technology future tech
5 min read

Bionauts – robots in your body

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 28, 2021

What if a microscopic robot could treat diseases from within your body?

Topics: Robotics Exponentials biotech
7 min read

A false sense of security…

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 12, 2021

I thought creating a COVID “Immunity Bubble” for a small group in a TV studio setting was possible. I was wrong.

Topics: Entrepreneurship a360 exponential technology coronavirus COVID-19
4 min read

Elon Musk’s $100M XPRIZE

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 10, 2021

The world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest business opportunities.

Topics: Entrepreneurship XPRIZE climate change environment exponential technology Elon Musk future tech carbon removal
6 min read

The Future of Advertising

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 17, 2021

Today, just a few decades after the arrival of the internet, Google and Facebook together command more advertising dollars than all print media on the planet.

Topics: Abundance Bitcoin Entrepreneurship The 6 D's Exponentials Abundance 360 advertising exponential technology marketing future tech
6 min read

Bitcoin Surges, Following the 6 Ds

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 10, 2021

Seven years ago, I wrote that Bitcoin was moving from its deceptive phase to a very disruptive phase. At the time, one bitcoin was worth $600.

Topics: Abundance Bitcoin Entrepreneurship The 6 D's Exponentials Abundance 360 exponential technology future tech
6 min read

Hyperloop, Rocket Travel & Avatars

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 3, 2021

What’s faster than autonomous vehicles and flying cars? 

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 Artificial Intellegence rockets exponential technology hyperloop future tech avatar
7 min read

Artificial Intelligence & Shopping: a New Retail Era

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 27, 2021

Artificial Intelligence and broadband were already eating retail for breakfast. In the first half of 2019, we saw 19 retailer bankruptcies. And with the COVID-19 pandemic, the retail apocalypse is only accelerating.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 retail Artificial Intellegence future of retail exponential technology future tech
3 min read

The Challenge of Abundance…

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 20, 2020

Do you ever feel that there are too many opportunities to pursue?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 moonshot exponential technology future tech
6 min read

The future of food: 3D printing, vertical farming & materials science

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 17, 2020

Food… what we eat and how we grow it will be fundamentally transformed in the next decade.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Abundance 360 agriculture moonshot future of food exponential technology future tech
9 min read

Top 50 Moonshots (2000 - 2020)

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 13, 2020

We’re living during the age of “Moonshots”, a time where entrepreneurs and scientists are able to go 10x farther than ever before.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 moonshot Moonshots exponential technology future tech
5 min read

Martine Rothblatt's Life of Moonshots

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 10, 2020

You just learned that your daughter’s disease gives her less than 5 years to live. How do you react?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 Moonshots exponential technology future tech
3 min read

Why a Moonshot Mindset?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 6, 2020

What if you could achieve 10X growth while your competitors achieve 10% growth?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 exponential technology future tech
3 min read

Why a Purpose-Driven Mindset?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 29, 2020

Making a dent in the universe or solving the world’s biggest problems requires a TON of hard work.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 future of education exponential technology future tech
6 min read

VR leaps into the disruptive phase

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 25, 2020

In 2016, combined venture investments in VR, AR, and mixed reality (MR) exceeded $1.25 billion. In 2019, that number increased more than 3X to $4.1 billion.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 virtual reality Augmented Reality future of education exponential technology future tech
3 min read

Why a Gratitude Mindset?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 22, 2020

Do you know the advantages of a Gratitude Mindset?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 exponential technology future tech gratitude
5 min read

3D printing & the future of retail

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 19, 2020

Forget costly prototypes, traditional textile manufacturing, product recalls, and the like… 3D printing is about to turn the entire retail industry on its head.

Topics: 3D Printing Robotics Abundance Entrepreneurship AI Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 future of retail exponential technology electric vehicles future tech
7 min read

Proof of exponential tech growth

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 15, 2020

Exponential growth is happening all around us, but it can be hard to see.

Topics: Robotics Abundance Entrepreneurship AI Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 machine learning internet of things exponential technology electric vehicles future tech
9 min read

Metatrends shaping the next decade

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 12, 2020

Over the next decade, waves of exponential technological advancements are stacking atop one another, eclipsing decades of breakthroughs in scale and impact.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship AI Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 machine learning healthcare exponential technology agtech future tech
5 min read

Why an Exponential Mindset?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 8, 2020

Do you have an Exponential Mindset? What the heck is an Exponential Mindset?

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 exponential technology
6 min read

Future-proof Your Business

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 5, 2020

Entrepreneurs will create more wealth in the next decade than we did in the past century.

Topics: Abundance Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 exponential technology
1 min read

WEBINAR: Take a Decade of Aging Off Your Skin with Carolina Reis Oliveira, PhD, CEO @ One Skin

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 4, 2020

One Skin Technologies is a longevity company started by a team of four incredible female PHDs and entrepreneurs, who have been using cutting edge technology to identify the senescent cells that cause your skin to age.

Topics: Singularity University aging exponential technology video webinar abundance digital
5 min read

Proof of Abundance

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 1, 2020

The world is getting better on many critical fronts (see all the evidence below in this blog!). 

Topics: Abundance Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 exponential technology
1 min read

The Six Ds of Exponentials

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 28, 2020

We live in incredible times. 

Topics: Abundance Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 exponential technology
3 min read

Why an Abundance Mindset?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 25, 2020

Do you have an abundance mindset? What the heck is an abundance mindset? And what’s the advantage of having an abundance mindset?

Topics: Abundance Transportation Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 exponential technology
6 min read

You will not own a car in 10 years.

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 22, 2020

The era of the internal combustion engine (ICE) car is ending. We may have reached “peak ICE.”

Topics: Transportation Exponentials Abundance 360 Tesla autonomous vehicles exponential technology future of transportation EVs electric vehicle technology future of driving Elon Musk
8 min read

Increase your healthspan, now.

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 18, 2020

There are actions you can take right now to increase your potential healthspan, with a target of making it to a health 100+ years old.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Longevity Abundance 360 Artificial Intellegence healthcare Genetics CRISPR exponential technology
1 min read

WEBINAR: The Next Manufacturing Era with Jim Heppelmann, CEO @ PTC

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 14, 2020

What is the future of digital manufacturing? What does it have to do with Augmented Reality?

Topics: 3D Printing virtual reality Augmented Reality Singularity University exponential technology video webinar
6 min read

100 years old will be the new 60

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 11, 2020

For the first time in history, leading scientists and entrepreneurs believe there’s a way to slow aging -- and maybe even reverse it.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Longevity Abundance 360 Artificial Intellegence healthcare Genetics CRISPR exponential technology
6 min read

How long will you live?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 4, 2020

How long you live is a function of many factors, including your mindset. You can will yourself to death -- or will yourself to a longer healthspan.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Longevity Abundance 360 healthcare exponential technology Neuralink future tech
5 min read

Change your mindset, change your life…

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 26, 2020

What made Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, or Elon Musk succeed? Was it their technology or their mindset? 

Topics: Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Abundance 360 exponential technology Elon Musk Neuralink future tech Jeff Bezos
1 min read

WEBINAR: Experience an Astronaut’s View of Space with Space Perspective

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 24, 2020

Interested in getting an astronaut’s view of space? How about taking a balloon ride to the top of the stratosphere, where you can see from horizon to horizon?

Topics: Private Space Singularity University exponential technology video webinar
1 min read

WEBINAR: AI Reinventing the Insurance Industry | Daniel Schreiber, CEO @ Lemonade

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 22, 2020

Daniel came up with the original concept for Lemonade during a conversation with me at Singularity University. Since then, he’s used exponential technology to disrupt the insurance industry and take Lemonade public.

Topics: Artificial Intellegence Singularity University exponential technology video webinar
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VIDEO: The Future is Faster Than You Think | Burning Man 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 17, 2020

What is the 'Singularity'? What does the future of food, healthcare and education look like? How do we best prepare for a future that is coming much faster than we think?

Topics: The 6 D's healthcare Singularity University future of food video Burning Man
4 min read

Neuralink… An Artificial Intelligence-Mind Merger

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 12, 2020

Ready to connect your mind to an Artificial Intelligence?

Topics: Entrepreneurship Exponentials machine learning Artificial Intellegence Brain computer interface exponential technology Elon Musk Neuralink future tech
4 min read

Global population is declining… and that’s OKAY!

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 6, 2020

Worried about overpopulation? Don’t be…

Topics: Entrepreneurship Exponentials machine learning sociology population
2 min read

Podcast Episode 90: A New Era of Human Spaceflight

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 5, 2020

Episode 88: Cracking the Vitality Code

Peter and Dan discuss the recent launch and recovery of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying humans in a commercially built spacecraft to and from the International Space Station. NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley splashed down on August 2, making it the first water landing since 1975.

 

Topics: Podcast Exponential Wisdom
5 min read

Now is the BEST TIME EVER to be an entrepreneur

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 16, 2020

Our mindset is everything: what one person sees as a crisis, another person sees as opportunity.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Finance Exponentials machine learning
3 min read

A COVID-19 vaccine for older adults -- one of our most vulnerable populations

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 11, 2020

A successful COVID-19 vaccine will need to protect those who are 65 or older, one of our most vulnerable populations.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Finance Exponentials Exponential Organizations machine learning Business Models who not how Software as a service SaaS Machine Learning as a service MLaaS coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine covaxx
7 min read

New COVID-19 vaccines are flooding our feeds, but are any of them manufacturable at scale?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 2, 2020

We’re bombarded every day with news about the latest miracle vaccine candidate: when it will be available, which vaccines have reached clinical trials, the stock market performance of the manufacturers, and so on.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Finance Exponentials Exponential Organizations machine learning Business Models who not how Software as a service SaaS AI as a service AIaaS Machine Learning as a service MLaaS
4 min read

The most powerful vaccine you haven’t heard about…

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 30, 2020

The race is on. Across the globe, researchers, scientists and CEOs are developing more than 160 vaccines, all taking aim at COVID-19.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Finance Exponentials Exponential Organizations machine learning Business Models who not how Software as a service SaaS AI as a service AIaaS Machine Learning as a service MLaaS
12 min read

the next data-driven Healthtech Revolution

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 5, 2020

Increasing your healthspan (i.e. making 100 years old the new 60) will depend to a large degree on artificial intelligence.

Topics: Abundance Data Sensors AI Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare mobile health preventive medicine digital devices aging mHealth
20 min read

The Three R’s of Regenerative Medicine

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 28, 2020

Lizards can regrow entire limbs. Flatworms, starfish, and sea cucumbers regrow entire bodies.

Topics: 3D Printing Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare bio-printing biotech Stem Cells entrepreneur regenerative medicine vitality
2 min read

Podcast Episode 88: Cracking the Vitality Code

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 24, 2020

Episode 88: Cracking the Vitality Code

Peter and Dan discuss a number of longevity and pharmaceutical companies that are working to crack the vitality code of life. Exponential technologies, from machine learning to CRISPR, are enabling scientists to probe medical data, understand aging, and reverse its processes like never before.


Topics: Podcast Exponential Wisdom
8 min read

Longevity & Vitality - A Renaissance of Drugs and Genomics

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 21, 2020

The causes of aging are extremely complex and unclear.

Topics: Abundance AI Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare preventive medicine Stem Cells protein-folding aging
10 min read

Abundance Insider: June 20th, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 20, 2020

In this week’s Abundance Insider: Artificial skin for robotic surgery, a new tissue rejuvenation method, and the latest predictions of intelligent alien civilizations within our galaxy....

Topics: Abundance Insider
6 min read

why we age....

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 14, 2020

Healthcare today is reactive, retrospective, bureaucratic and expensive. It's sick care, not healthcare.

Topics: Abundance AI Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare preventive medicine Stem Cells protein-folding aging
11 min read

My follow-up to “It is time…”

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 10, 2020

Last week I wrote a blog titled “It is time…” expressing my personal views (and that of my team) on the topic of social justice and anti-racism. 

Topics: social responsibility black lives matter human rights racism social justice unity
2 min read

It is time....

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 3, 2020

I often write about abundance, bold thinking, optimism, problem-solving and gratitude mindsets… I state confidently that this can be the greatest time ever to be alive.

But it can only be the greatest time if we systematically unlearn the conscious and unconscious biases that still subject so many to discrimination, prejudice, and violence.

The events of this past week have shown us the extraordinary pain, anxiety, and collective anguish that have been inflicted upon our fellow citizens for too long.

It can’t be swept away, rationalized or ignored. It is real.

Whether it’s violence on lives of those we have lost—George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, among many others before them—or wrongful accusations and presumptions of guilt on the basis of race, these unconscionable crimes must be addressed.

And while I know that I will never be able to fully understand the pain myself, I can empathize and I can commit to taking a stand on the side of social justice.

I have often taken a non-political stance, focusing on the proliferation of entrepreneurial ingenuity and technological innovation that drive abundance across our world— independent of political whims.

Ultimately, however, this is no longer a political issue. It is a moral one. One that stands at the core of our shared humanity, our ability to lift each other up as we pursue a future that is hopeful, compelling and abundant for all.

And for those who refuse this moral lens, technology will help fill the gaps and level the playing field. Today, we are living on a planet with a trillion sensors (and growing), imaging everything, everywhere, all the time. Crimes against humanity and oppression of people will no longer live in the shadows.

It is time for our civilization to evolve FROM a competitive, scarcity and hyper-local mindset, TO a collaborative, abundance and global mindset.

It is time for us (myself included) to deeply listen, further educate ourselves, and take new levels of empathetic action.

With respect,
Peter

Topics: black lives matter
8 min read

Ending Aging.... the Other Pandemic

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 31, 2020

As the world faces COVID-19, there is a second pandemic killing everyone… it’s called aging.

And for the first time ever, scientists and entrepreneurs think there’s a way to slow aging in its tracks, and perhaps even reverse it.

In this blog, we’ll do a quick review of the cutting-edge tech that gives me tremendous hope that we can add a healthy 20 or 30 years onto our healthspan, ultimately making 100 years old the “new 60.”

COVID-19 Comparison: As of today, there have been nearly 6.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases globally, and since its initial outbreak, COVID-19 has now become the recorded cause of about 371,000 deaths.

To put this in context, approximately 7.8 billion people are alive today, roughly 9 percent of which are over the age of 65 and suffering from the deadliest disease on Earth: Aging.

Without competition, aging is the #1 correlated variable when it comes to deaths due to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, respiratory disease and dementia. In effect, 9 percent of the population equates to 720 million confirmed cases of aging. And even then, this is an extraordinarily conservative estimate as many people begin experiencing the effects of aging in their 50s.

Despite these figures, the world is only just beginning to recognize aging as a disease. So far, no one has recovered from this disease in the history of humanity, and barring fundamental scientific breakthroughs, you can confidently assume it will take your life.

As a society today, we simply accept that aging (and death) are a part of life, but there is nothing that says our lives can’t be significantly extended.

Many species on Earth live far longer lives… The Bowhead whale can reach 200 years of age, while the Greenland Shark and Sea Turtles can make it to more than 400 years.

If they can, why can’t we? Clearly, it is either a hardware or a software problem, both of which are within the grasp of our understanding, and soon within reach of our modification... using treatments such as gene therapy, CRISPR, and cell therapies, just to name a few.

If you haven’t read Lifespan by Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School (I strongly recommend it), he gives a host of compelling evidence to show there is no reason people born today cannot live to at least 120 in healthy condition, if not 150 and beyond.

As scientists and entrepreneurs race to unlock and rewire the biology of aging, here are some key technologies you can track today to extend your healthspan, i.e. the amount of time you have to live a healthy, functional life, avoiding expensive, bed-ridden, end-of-life care.

Here is the list that I’m tracking (and am excited about):

  1. CRISPR & Gene Therapy
  2. Stem Cell Therapy
  3. Wnt Pathway Manipulation
  4. Senolytic Medicines

Let’s dive into the data behind each of these treatments.


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(1) CRISPR & Gene Therapy: Why does cheaper, faster genomic sequencing matter? It’s a healthcare gamechanger.

Aging is ultimately the dis-regulation or breakdown of the cells in our body. Consider that there are a few main ways to repair such situations. “Gene Therapy” is one such technology that effectively inserts a gene into specific cells in your body, effectively repairing the instruction set that is corrupted or missing. A second technique called CRISPR-Cas9 allows you to edit (think cut and paste) the DNA sequence inside your cells. 

CRISPR-Cas9, for example, has become our leading weapon in the fight against genetic diseases. Technically, it’s an engineering tool that allows us to target precise locations in the gene code and then rewrite that DNA.

Want to remove the string of DNA that produces muscular dystrophy? Simple. Just target that spot in the genome, unleash CRISPR-Cas9, and snip, snip, snip—problem solved.

More importantly, CRISPR is cheap, fast, and getting easier to use. Most recently, scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard unveiled CRISPR 2.0, a next-generation editor that’s extremely precise. It can target and change a single letter in a single string of DNA.

What good is a single letter out of 3.2 billion?

As explained by David Liu, the Harvard chemical biologist who ld thee work, “of more than 50,000 genetic changes currently known to be associated with disease in humans [...] 32,000 of those are caused by the simple swap of one base pair for another.”

(2) Stem Cell Therapy: Each of us is a collection of over 30 trillion human cells. Every one of these cells, those in your brain, lungs, liver, skin, and everywhere else, are derived from a single pluripotent type of cell called a stem cell.

When we are young, our bodies are teeming with stem cells that can replace any damaged tissue. They are the restorative engines of our bodies, helping us repair damage. But as we age, the number of stem cells in our tissues and blood stream can reduce 100X or 1,000X, making repair much more difficult.

But what if we could “restore our body's rejuvenative engine,” our stem cell population? What if we could take stem cells from the human placenta, an organ whose stem cells actually “form” the fetus, and augment your current stem cell population?

Celularity (a company founded by stem cell pioneer Bob Hariri and myself), for instance, has now demonstrated that placental-derived stem cells given to animals can extend life up to 30 percent. Showing incredible promise, Celularity now aims to make this approach viable in humans, harnessing stem cells to amplify the body’s ability to fight disease and heal itself.

(3) Wnt Pathway Manipulation: An incredible company based in San Diego, called Samumed, is now targeting the signaling pathways that regulate the self-renewal and differentiation of adult stem cells, a pathway known as “wnt.”

In animal studies, as well as Phase-1 and Phase-2 human clinical trials, their drugs (small molecules) have been shown to regrow cartilage, heal tendons, remove wrinkles, and, by the way, stop a multitude of cancers and reverse Alzheimer’s. This also explains why Samumed, a company still in stealth mode, has a $12 billion valuation.

Samumed has developed nine different so-called “regenerative medicines.” All are in the FDA’s pipeline, including everything from hair-loss treatments to Alzheimer’s drugs.

(4) Senolytic Medicines: Over the arc of your life, the cells in your body divide until they reach what is known as the Hayflick limit, or the number of times a normal human cell population will divide before cell division stops, which is typically about 50 divisions.

What normally follows next is programmed cell death or destruction by the immune system.

A very small fraction of cells, however, become ‘senescent cells,’ evading this fate to linger indefinitely. These lingering cells secrete a potent mix of molecules that triggers chronic inflammation, damages the surrounding tissue structures, and changes the behavior of nearby cells for the worse.

Senescent cells appear to be one of the root causes of aging, causing everything from fibrosis and blood vessel calcification to localized inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis and diminished lung function.

Fortunately, scientific and entrepreneurial communities alike have begun to work on senolytic therapies, driving forward technologies that selectively destroy senescent cells out of the laboratory and into a half-dozen startup companies.

One such prominent company in the field is Unity Biotechnology, which is developing senolytic medicines to selectively eliminate senescent cells with an initial focus on delivering localized therapy in osteoarthritis, ophthalmology and pulmonary disease.

Final Thoughts & Join Me

Beyond these four areas above, there are countless other therapeutics and approaches ranging from metformin, NAD boosters, rapalogs, and GDF-11 to a new generation of AI/Machine Learning-enhanced molecules being discovered.

In success, longevity and vitality therapies are a *trillion-dollar* industry, and today's smartest scientists, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are investing in its boom.

Leading the charge are three major “HOT SPOTS” for Longevity startups… (1) The Bay Area; (2) San Diego; and (3) Boston.

This August 19-23, 2020 and September 16-20, 2020, I'm taking two groups of individuals on what I call my “Platinum Longevity & Immunity Trip,” visiting two of these hot spots: San Francisco & San Diego.

Each trip will be a 5-Star (luxury) deep dive to meet 20+ companies and 30+ scientists/physicians and entrepreneurs who are leading the charge against age-related diseases and extending the human healthspan. We will also be visiting the top labs and scientists developing the diagnostics, anti-virals, vaccines and therapeutics fighting COVID-19.

Both trips are identical (with only 24 participants per trip). I will spend all 5-days with you as your private guide and provocateur. Through this personalized, action-packed program, my mission is to give you first-hand exposure to the major players, scientists, companies and treatments in the longevity and vitality arena. All your questions answered. Early access to cutting-edge treatments and products. And a behind-the scenes view of tomorrow’s longevity revolution.

Both trips are nearly sold out. To learn more and lock in your seat, visit our website here and schedule a call with Claire Adair, my program manager, to learn more.


(1) Abundance 360 CEO Summit: If you’re an entrepreneur, CEO, owner of a company ranging in size from $1M to $1B+, consider joining my personal Mastermind called Abundance360 (www.a360.com). Click here to learn more.

(2) Join FutureLoop: Over the past 2 years, I’ve built a machine-learning algorithm that scrapes the world’s news, science journals and social feeds every day to understand how exponential technologies are impacting specific topics & industries. It’s called FutureLoop.

Last month, I launched "FutureLoop Pandemic Special Edition," a daily comprehensive update on the impact of exponential technologies (AI, Robotics, Drones, Cellular Medicine, CRISPR, Networks & Sensors) on the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you participate, FutureLoop will update you every day on the latest breakthroughs in detection, prevention & cure of the COVID-19. This product is still in Beta, but it’s powerful, high-quality info, and it's free.

Your mindset is your most important tool during this pandemic. Making sure you are consuming the right information is critical to maintaining that mindset. FutureLoop offers "Data-Driven Optimism."

You can subscribe here. It’s free, fun + fast (20 seconds).

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Topics: Materials Science Exponentials materials exponential technology biodiversity
2 min read

Podcast Episode 87: How Industries Will Change

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 22, 2020

Episode 87: How Industries Will Change

Peter and Dan discuss the ways in which today’s pandemic will fundamentally reshape a handful of industries, from commercial aviation to education. For most of us, we will not be returning to business as usual. Rather, we will see the emergence of redefined and reorganized companies, made resilient by their need to adapt to new market conditions.

Topics: Podcast Exponential Wisdom
9 min read

Abundance Insider: May 21st, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 21, 2020

In this week’s Abundance Insider: Nvidia’s latest Artificial Intelligence & computing releases, Sorrento’s new coronavirus antibody, and COVID-19’s impact on the auto industry.

Topics: Abundance Insider
8 min read

Materials Science: the Unsung Hero

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 17, 2020

Few recognize the vast implications of materials science.

To build today’s smartphone in the 1980s, it would cost about $110 million, require nearly 200 kilowatts of energy, and the device would be 14 meters tall, according to Applied Materials CTO Omkaram Nalamasu.

That's the power of materials advances. Materials science has democratized smartphones, bringing the technology to the pockets of over 3.5 billion people.

But far beyond devices and circuitry, materials science stands at the center of innumerable breakthroughs across energy, future cities, transit, and medicine. And at the forefront of COVID-19, materials scientists are forging ahead with biomaterials, nanotechnology, and other materials research to accelerate a solution.

As the name suggests, materials science is the branch devoted to the discovery and development of new materials. It’s an outgrowth of both physics and chemistry, using the periodic table as its grocery store and the laws of physics as its cookbook.

And today, we are in the middle of a materials science revolution. In this blog, we’ll unpack the most important materials advancements happening now.

Let’s dive in… 


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The Materials Genome Initiative

In June 2011 at Carnegie Mellon University, President Obama announced the Materials Genome Initiative, a nationwide effort to use open source methods and Artificial Intelligence to double the pace of innovation in materials science.

Obama felt this acceleration was critical to the U.S.'s global competitiveness, and held the key to solving significant challenges in clean energy, national security, and human welfare.

And it worked.

By using AI technology to map the hundreds of millions of different possible combinations of elements—hydrogen, boron, lithium, carbon, etc.—the initiative created an enormous database that allows scientists to play a kind of improv jazz with the periodic table.

This new map of the physical world lets scientists combine elements faster than ever before and is helping them create all sorts of novel elements.

And an array of new fabrication tools are further amplifying this process, allowing us to work at altogether new scales and sizes, including the atomic scale, where we’re now building materials one atom at a time.

Biggest Materials Science Breakthroughs

These tools have helped create the metamaterials used in carbon fiber composites for lighter-weight vehicles, advanced alloys for more durable jet engines, and biomaterials to replace human joints.

We’re also seeing breakthroughs in energy storage and quantum computing.

In robotics, new materials are helping us create the artificial muscles needed for humanoid, soft robots—think Westworld in your world.

Let’s unpack some of the leading materials science breakthroughs of the past decade.

(1) Lithium-ion batteries

The lithium-ion battery, which today powers everything from our smartphones to our autonomous cars, was first proposed in the 1970s. It couldn’t make it to market until the 1990s, and didn’t begin to reach maturity until the past few years.

An exponential technology, these batteries have been dropping in price for three decades, plummeting 90% between 1990 and 2010, and 80% since. Concurrently, they’ve seen an eleven-fold increase in capacity.

But producing enough of them to meet demand has been an ongoing problem. Tesla has stepped up to the challenge: one of the company’s Gigafactories in Nevada churns out 20 gigawatts of energy storage per year, marking the first time we’ve seen lithium-ion batteries produced at scale.

Musk predicts 100 Gigafactories could store the energy needs of the entire globe. Other companies are moving quickly to integrate this technology as well: Renault is building a home energy storage based on their Zoe batteries, BMW’s 500 i3 battery packs are being integrated into the UK’s national energy grid, and Toyota, Nissan, and Audi have all announced pilot projects.

Lithium-ion batteries will continue to play a major role in renewable energy storage, helping bring down solar and wind energy prices to compete with those of coal and gasoline.

(2) Graphene

Derived from the same graphite found in everyday pencils, graphene is a sheet of carbon just one atom thick. It is nearly weightless, but 200 times stronger than steel. Conducting electricity and dissipating heat faster than any other known substance, this super-material has transformative applications.

Graphene enables sensors, high-performance transistors, and even gel that helps neurons communicate in the spinal cord. Many flexible device screens, drug delivery systems, 3D printers, solar panels, and protective fabric use graphene.

As manufacturing costs decrease, this material has the power to accelerate advancements of all kinds.

(3) Perovskite

Right now, the “conversion efficiency” of the average solar panel—a measure of how much captured sunlight can be turned into electricity—hovers around 16%, at a cost of roughly $3 per watt.

Perovskite, a light-sensitive crystal and one of our newer new materials, has the potential to get that up to 66%, which would double what silicon panels can muster.

Perovskite’s ingredients are widely available and inexpensive to combine. What do all these factors add up to? Affordable solar energy for everyone.

Materials of the Nano-World

Nanotechnology is the outer edge of materials science, the point where matter manipulation gets nano-small—that’s a million times smaller than an ant, 8,000 times smaller than a red blood cell, and 2.5 times smaller than a strand of DNA.

Nanobots are machines that can be directed to produce more of themselves, or more of whatever else you’d like. And because this takes place at an atomic scale, these nanobots can pull apart any kind of material—soil, water, air—atom by atom, and use these now raw materials to construct just about anything.

Progress has been surprisingly swift in the nano-world, with a bevy of nano-products now on the market.

Never want to fold clothes again? Nanoscale additives to fabrics help them resist wrinkling and staining.

Don’t do windows? Not a problem! Nano-films make windows self-cleaning, anti-reflective, and capable of conducting electricity.

Want to add solar to your house? We’ve got nano-coatings that capture the sun’s energy.

Nanomaterials make lighter automobiles, airplanes, baseball bats, helmets, bicycles, luggage, power tools—the list goes on.

Researchers at Harvard built a nanoscale 3D printer capable of producing miniature batteries less than one millimeter wide.

And if you don’t like those bulky VR goggles, researchers are now using nanotech to create smart contact lenses with a resolution six times greater than that of today’s smartphones.

And even more is coming. Right now, in medicine, drug delivery nanobots are proving especially useful in fighting cancer. Computing is a stranger story, as a bioengineer at Harvard recently stored 700 terabytes of data in a single gram of DNA.

On the environmental front, scientists can take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into super-strong carbon nanofibers for use in manufacturing. If we can do this at scale—powered by solar—a system 10% the size of the Sahara Desert could reduce CO2 in the atmosphere to pre-industrial levels in about a decade.

The applications are endless. And coming fast. Over the next decade, the impact of the very, very small is about to get very, very large.

Final Thoughts

With the help of artificial intelligence and quantum computing over the next decade, the discovery of new materials will accelerate exponentially.

And with these new discoveries, customized materials will grow commonplace. Future knee implants will be personalized to meet the exact needs of each body, both in terms of structure and composition.

Though invisible to the naked eye, nanoscale materials will integrate into our everyday lives, seamlessly improving medicine, energy, smartphones, and more.

Ultimately, the path to demonetization and democratization of advanced technologies starts with re-designing materials— the invisible enabler and catalyst. Our future depends on the materials we create.


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Podcast Episode 86: Business Model Innovation

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 11, 2020

Episode 86: Business Model Innovation

Peter and Dan discuss how evolutionary pressures speed up innovation, agreeing that the pandemic will accelerate technological progress and change our lives forever. In the arc of contemporary history, we will remember a clear distinction between life “Pre-COVID-19” and “Post-COVID-19.” To this effect, Peter and Dan demonstrate how business model innovation is at an all-time high, fueling historic levels of productivity and creativity for entrepreneurs in our new “work-from-home” economy.

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4 Industries Impacted & What’s Next?

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 10, 2020

Exponential tech has been disrupting traditional industries at an ever-increasing pace.  

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where will you get your news in 2026?

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 1, 2020

Six days ago, I asked our community to predict where you’ll get your news in 2026. Will it be….

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Podcast Episode 85: Evolution of Work

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 30, 2020

Episode 85: Evolution of Work

Peter and Dan discuss Software as a Service (SaaS) and AIaaS, both vital tools for businesses seeking to scale with a leaner organization. Particularly as workforces become distributed and companies race to digitize, cloud computing is now more important than ever before.

 

 

 

In this episode:

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Trust Your News Source?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 26, 2020

In the past, I’ve jokingly called CNN the “Crisis News Network”… or the “Constantly Negative News” network. (Sorry, I don’t have anything cute for FOX.)

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Abundance Insider: April 25th, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 25, 2020

In this week’s Abundance Insider: Ghana's COVID-19 test delivery drones, Google's Cloud Healthcare API launch, and a free federally approved 3D-printed mask design.

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Who Will Lead “In-Home Healthcare” by 2026?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 24, 2020

Six days ago, I asked our community to predict which entity would lead in-home healthcare in 6 years:

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post-COVID healthcare!

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 19, 2020

How will health change after COVID-19?

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Abundance Insider: April 17th, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 17, 2020

In this week’s Abundance Insider: Improbable's pandemic simulation tech, computational models for understanding COVID-19 infection, and urban disinfection robots.

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predicting lockdown lifts - when will the U.S. be "open for business?"

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 16, 2020

When will the last shelter-at-home lockdown be lifted in the U.S.?

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when will the lockdown end?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 12, 2020

When will our stay-at-home lockdown end?

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Abundance Insider: April 10th, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 10, 2020

In this week’s Abundance Insider: Pandemic-induced decreases in seismic noise, preserving the first-hand stories of Holocaust survivors, and the search for genetic clues to varying COVID-19 impact.

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400+ financial experts predict when the stock market will hit bottom

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 9, 2020

On what date will the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit its lowest point (between now & July 30, 2020)?

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Why I’m Hopeful & 3 Things to Do Right Now

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 5, 2020

This blog outlines the reasons I’m hopeful, even optimistic, as well as 3 things entrepreneurs should be focused on *right now.*

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Podcast Episode 83: The Rise of AI as a Service

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 1, 2020

Episode 83: The Rise of AI as a Service

Peter and Dan discuss the power of Artificial Intelligence as a Service (AIaaS) and its utility to thousands of companies in both traditional and non-traditional sectors. By adding an AI layer to your organization, AIaaS tools can help any company achieve scale with minimal increases in headcount, fueling data-driven business decisions, personalized marketing efforts, team efficiency, and countless other benefits.

 

 

In this episode:

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Prediction: a Vaccine before Christmas

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 31, 2020

What is the earliest date by which the FDA will approve the first COVID-19 Vaccine?

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Abundance Insider: March 29th, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 29, 2020

In this week’s Abundance Insider: Moderna’s readiness for scaled-up vaccine production, wearables for early COVID-19 detection, and AI to combat loneliness.

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As the first Coronavirus vaccine human trials begin, manufacturer is already preparing to scale production to millions.

What it is: Last week, the first doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine were administered to the study’s initial volunteers. Developed by Moderna Therapeutics in a record time of 63 days, the vaccine is now being tested in three different dosages, aimed at determining what dosage triggers the strongest immune response. While Moderna has already shipped hundreds of vials to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the vaccine’s first testing phase, the company is now preparing to scale production to millions of vials in quick succession if the vaccine proves safe and effective. This rapid scale-up is largely possible thanks to Moderna’s nontraditional use of mRNA—a genetic form of the virus’ genome—in its vaccine. As a result, when the vaccine is injected, patients’ cells process it such that immune cells recognize and target it for destruction. Whereas most traditional vaccines necessitate growing large amounts of the virus, Moderna’s process thereby eliminates this time-consuming step.

Why it’s important: While trials are not predicted to conclude for another 12-18 months, Moderna’s experimental data and other research could grant us critical information about the virus’s behavior and how the immune system can better fend off coronaviruses more broadly. Moderna’s accelerated timeline—from Chinese researchers’ initial sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 to a human trial-ready vaccine—also illustrates the combined power of advancements in computing and genetics. As our scientific and medical communities mobilize across the globe, convergences of AI, biotech, and computing will help us deliver treatments faster than ever before.

Predicting coronavirus? SF emergency workers wear state-of-the-art rings in new study.

What it is: Oura Ring—developer of sleep and activity-tracking ring technology—is now teaming up with UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital to identify the early onset of COVID-19 in users. Packed with advanced sensors (including an accelerometer, infrared LEDs, and a gyroscope), the Oura ring tracks vital signs, from body temperature to heart rate (HR), around the clock. In an effort to stem COVID-19’s spread, over 2,000 emergency medical workers and hospital staff are now wearing the rings to proactively detect early signs of the virus. By further encouraging Oura’s 150,000 existing users to share their medical data, UCSF aims to provide needed data for developing an algorithm capable of early detection before virus symptoms surface.

Why it’s important: At the source of COVID-19’s outbreak, one highly effective strategy in Wuhan, China, involved residents’ daily reporting of body temperature and the immediate isolation of anyone with even a slight fever. Enabling this approach, Oura provides a far more thorough, 24/7 analysis, which compensates for temperature fluctuations that can alter thermometer readings. In the case of Petri Hollmén (CEO of Finnish firm Lyyti Oy), for instance, the ring alerted him of a 1°C increase in his body temperature and an uptick in both his HR and breathing rate. Notified of the data, Hollmén quickly contacted a hospital, after which he tested positive for the virus. Engaging in immediate self-quarantine, the entrepreneur has since stated, “Without the ring measuring my body during the night, I would not [have] even known about the temperature rise [...] This makes this (illness easy) to spread.” As use of wearables ramps up in COVID-19 hot spots, researchers aim to use sensor data, like that generated by the Oura ring, to preemptively stem the virus’s spread among exposed medical staff and potentially unaware patients. In success, an early detection algorithm could be invaluable in the case of an autumn resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

New genetic editing powers discovered in squid.

What it is: Squid have a newly discovered superpower: they can edit their genes outside of neural nuclei, making them the first organisms known to do so. In most species, DNA is translated into messenger RNA (mRNA) in the nucleus. Once complete, mRNA then travels outside the nucleus to guide protein construction in the cell. Instead of editing DNA’s genetic code directly, however, squid can edit mRNA in the periphery of the cell. Scientists working on this research at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Woods Hole found that squid edit mRNA in the nerve cell’s axons far more frequently than in the nucleus. This allows neurons to meet localized needs far more efficiently.

Why it’s important: Many neurological disorders in humans start with the neuron’s axons, which are nerve fibers that carry electrical signals throughout the body. As squid have now demonstrated the ability to edit genetic information directly in their axons, translating this unique ability into human cells could be transformative. Currently, gene-editing technologies like CRISPR rely on shuttling new genetic code through cell membranes and nuclear membranes—not an easy feat. Now, they might not have to pass the nuclear membrane at all. By studying the mechanism in which squid directly edit mRNA outside the nucleus, scientists could one day engineer localized solutions in human axons.

A COVID-19 detective tracks disease trail with genetic clues.

What it is: Trevor Bedford, an epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has now become a celebrity among public health circles thanks to his genetic analysis of the novel coronavirus. Working in collaboration with multiple colleagues from around the globe (key among them, University of Basel computational biologist Richard Neher), Bedford and the team have been tracking the virus’s RNA to understand how the coronavirus mutates over time. Principally, the researchers use a markedly innovative approach to tracing outbreak origins and predicting how and where COVID-19 will spread next. To do this, Bedford and his distributed collaborators use patient samples to analyze hundreds of virus genomes, using the virus’s mutation patterns to create phylogenies—essentially, ‘family trees’ that track COVID-19’s geographic origins and the various routes through which it has spread.

Why it’s important: The team’s technique differs considerably from traditional virus-tracing approaches, which typically focus on identifying infected patients and tracking their contacts. Riding dramatic increases in computing power and genome sequencing speeds, scientists are now able to trace and respond in near-real-time to infectious disease outbreaks and novel coronaviruses, such as SARS-CoV-2. Combined with mass sequencing efforts by cross-border research collaborators, not to mention transparent information-sharing, these technologies will play a major role in public health efforts and future outbreak responses.

Can artificial intelligence fight elderly loneliness?

What it is: A nursing home in England is using artificial intelligence to combat loneliness among its elderly population. Engaging a group of residents at an elderly care home, the research experiment used Google Home devices to help its users cope with isolation, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. And some residents have become fast converts. According to 92-year old John Winward, for instance, “I thought at first it was a sign of insanity, speaking to a little thing like that and him talking back! I was so surprised... it was such fun!” Primarily using the device for news and weather updates, as well as audiobook and music tips, Winward even asks his Google Home to tell him jokes and offer crossword puzzle clues. “It keeps me sane, really, because it’s a very lonely life when you lose your partner after 64 years, and you spend a lot of time in your room alone.” While the adoption barrier has been more challenging for some, particularly given the elderly’s lower familiarity with voice technologies, AI-powered speaking assistants offer an immediate supplement to human company.

Why it’s important: Now a global problem, particularly given today's aging populations, loneliness is believed by scientists to be as detrimental for your health as being severely overweight or even smoking 15 cigarettes a day. According to Stephen Buckley, head of information at Mind (the UK’s largest mental health charity), “We know that feeling lonely can contribute to poor mental health [...] If this is caused by a lack of social contact with others, an AI service might be helpful, particularly for those of us who are unable to make new social connections or need to stay in social isolation.” With the growth of AI companions and chatbot sophistication, use of virtual assistants may increasingly play a social role in pandemic-induced isolation. For John Windward, the AI assistant has already become indispensable: “I really love it. I couldn’t do without it now. It is certainly my friend in the corner.”

UPS partners with Wingcopter to develop new multipurpose drone delivery fleet.

What it is: UPS recently partnered with German drone startup Wingcopter to further expand its commercial drone delivery program in both the U.S. and across the world. Wingcopter’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircrafts can reach up to 150 mph, handle 45 mph winds, and travel up to 75 miles in a single flight. Moreover, the company’s tilt-rotor design allows the eVTOLs to switch from vertical flight to low-noise forward flight mode, reducing noise pollution over residential areas. Already, Wingcopter has demonstrated its drone tech’s success in delivering small packages between pharmaceutical giant Merck’s various offices in Germany. Having attained Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval last October, UPS’ drone delivery unit, Flight Forward, now hopes to implement Wingcopter vehicles for package delivery in the near future.

Why it’s important: As we continue to experience social distancing and shelter-in-place measures across the nation, our delivery systems have become increasingly strained. Autonomous drones could fulfill the need for zero-contact supply chains in service of public health efforts. Having partnered with UNICEF in 2018 to deliver vaccines to children in remote areas, Wingcopter has additionally aided other relief organizations in the distribution of emergency medical equipment. On the basis of this precedent, eVTOL technology could prove vital in disseminating critical health supplies, food, and water to those areas most impacted by pandemics and natural disasters. More broadly, however, retail, hospitality, and similar industries will also benefit from diminished shipping costs, not to mention lower carbon footprints, associated with autonomous drone delivery fleets.

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20,000 folks predict COVID-19 Vaccine date

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 28, 2020

When will the FDA approve the first vaccine? 

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Podcast Episode 82: Delocalizing Talent with Virtual Workplaces

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 22, 2020

Episode 82: Delocalizing Talent with Virtual Workplaces

Peter and Dan showcase a number of entrepreneurs working on wireless power, virtual workplaces, and educational platforms with built-in facial recognition.

 

 

 

 

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Augmenting Your Immunity: Fighting COVID-19

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 20, 2020

Probably the most important precaution (and treatment) each of us must take is to augment the strength of our immune systems, equipping our body’s natural ability to mount an immune response to the novel Coronavirus.

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Good News About the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 18, 2020

How about some good news for a change?

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Learning from China: 7 Hi-Tech Strategies for Pandemic Containment

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 17, 2020

We’re now entering a critical week in the global pandemic, and the speed of our response is vital.

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Exponential Implications: Coronavirus

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 16, 2020

This blog is a look at the exponential growth curves and implications of COVID-19.

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Abundance Insider: March 13th, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 13, 2020

In this week’s Abundance Insider: 5G breakthrough for AR-enhanced tourism, DeepMind’s AI-driven Coronavirus predictions, and a new success for regenerative medicine.

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Restoring Biodiversity

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 8, 2020

The combination of climate change, deforestation, pollution, overfishing, and more, have produced a biodiversity crisis.

On a bad day, 200 species go extinct.

If we project current rates, by century’s end, 50% of all large mammals and marine life will disappear.

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Abundance Insider: March 7th, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 7, 2020

In this week’s Abundance Insider: MIT’s new sensing technology for driverless cars, a self-taught walking robot, and research breakthroughs to stymie Coronavirus.

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Fear vs. Reality - Coronavirus

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 6, 2020

Over the past week, our amygdalas (the fear centers of our brain) have been in overdrive.

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Clean Water Abundance

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 1, 2020

Today, 900 million people lack access to clean drinking water.

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Podcast Episode 81: The Era of Quantum Supremacy

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 1, 2020

Episode 81: The Era of Quantum Supremacy

Peter and Dan discuss the state of quantum computing and Google’s announcement that they achieved ‘quantum supremacy’ in October 2019. 

 

 

 

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Abundance Insider: February 27th, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 27, 2020

In this week's Abundance Insider: AI’s partnership in antibiotic discovery, a tribute to Katherine Johnson, and UPS’ shift to electric vans.

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The Future of Technological (Un)Employment

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 23, 2020

Headline after headline tells us technological unemployment is on its way.

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Podcast Episode 80: Democratizing Energy Storage

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 11, 2020

Episode 80: Democratizing Energy Storage

Peter and Dan discuss entrepreneurial breakthrough stories specifically in the energy industry. They talk about the importance of timing in launching a new venture and why the 2020’s will be the decade of exponential energy.

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The Future of Advertising

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 10, 2020

Today, less than two decades after the arrival of the internet, Google and Facebook together command more advertising dollars than all print media on the planet.

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Abundance Insider: February 8th, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 8, 2020

In this week's Abundance Insider: Night-time energy-producing solar panels, Lynx’s new standalone MR headset, and new moves in Artificial Intelligence-driven drug discovery. 

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Abundance Insider: February 2nd, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 1, 2020

In this week's Abundance Insider: An AI epidemiologist’s coronavirus foresight, new VTOL technology, and Starlink’s latest satellite launch.

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7 Business Models of the Next Decade

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 26, 2020

Some of the most potent innovation taking place today does not involve breakthrough technologies…. but rather the creation of fundamentally new business models.

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Abundance Insider: January 25th, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 25, 2020

In this week's Abundance Insider: New stem cell-grown biological bots, Artificial Intelligence-aided recruitment and hiring, and the world’s largest 3D-printed building.

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Future of Money - AI Investors, Death of Cash & the Crowd…

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 12, 2020

Every day, roughly 60% of all market trades are made by computer.

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Abundance Insider: January 11th, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 11, 2020

In this week's Abundance Insider: New bio-inspired soft robotics, Samsung’s lifelike digital avatars, and this week’s CES highlights!

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20 Metatrends for the Roaring 20s

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 5, 2020

In the decade ahead, waves of exponential technological advancements are stacking atop one another, eclipsing decades of breakthroughs in scale and impact.

Topics: 3D Printing AR/VR Manufacturing Sensors Entrepreneurship Finance AI Exponentials Exponential Organizations space exploration Singularity machine learning networks 5G Augmented Reality trillion sensor economy Business Models Brain computer interface internet of things Spatial Web exponential technology bci brain machine interface energy abundance future of energy smart economy trends 2020s 2020 sustainability
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Abundance Insider: January 4th, 2020

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 4, 2020

In this week's Abundance Insider: 2020’s top space missions, first-ever quantum teleportation, and AI’s novel applications in real estate.

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Who Not How: Software Edition

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 29, 2020

In the age of COVID, how do you 10X your business? And more broadly, in the coming decade, how do you go from a linear ‘old-school’ company to an ‘Exponential Organization’? Today, there is a clear strategy…

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The Future of Money - Part 2

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 26, 2019

Over three quarters of Americans used a mobile device the last time they checked their bank account balance, and mobile banking is skyrocketing across the globe.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Finance Exponentials cryptocurrencies banking Business Models visionary money currencies M-Pesa currency microfinance
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The Future of Money - Part 1

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 22, 2019

The way we store our money today makes zero sense.

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Abundance Insider: December 21st, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 21, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: AI-induced super resolution, robotic safety inspectors, and Lamborghini’s inroads in 3D printing.

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Entrepreneurs-in-the-Making: Are You Ready to Take the Leap?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 19, 2019

As an entrepreneur, there’s a lot on the line.

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Revolutionizing Drug Discovery and Delivery

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 15, 2019

If you had to guess how long it takes for a drug to go from an idea to your pharmacy, what would you guess? 3 years? 5 years? How about the cost? $30 million? $100 million?

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Abundance Insider: December 13th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 13, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Coca-Cola’s autonomous truck pilot, a new approach to computer vision, and the mysterious ‘X17 particle.’

Topics: Abundance Insider AR/VR AI machine learning Artificial Intellegence Batteries solar energy drone technology social responsibility
7 min read

The CRISPR Revolution & Hyper-Personalized Medicine

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 12, 2019

Two revolutionary tools are overhauling healthcare as we know it today: genome sequencing and CRISPR engineering.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Exponentials gene therapy gene Technology Artificial Intellegence preventive medicine personalized medicine Genetics CRISPR genetic engineering genome sequencing
6 min read

3D Printing & the Future of Retail

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 7, 2019

Forget costly prototypes, traditional textile manufacturing, product recalls, and the like…. 3D printing is about to turn the entire retail industry on its head.

Topics: 3D Printing Robotics Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials retail Technology Artificial Intellegence networks connectivity connection future of retail smart tracking 2028 smart malls smart economy experience economy
8 min read

Abundance Insider: December 6th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 6, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: DeepMind’s latest AI win, a promising treatment candidate for pancreatic cancer, and 5 emerging energy technologies.

Topics: Abundance Insider AR/VR AI machine learning Artificial Intellegence Batteries solar energy drone technology social responsibility
6 min read

Rise of the Retail Robots & Last-Mile Delivery

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 5, 2019

The robots are coming! The robots are coming! On our sidewalks, in our skies, in our every store… Over the next decade, robots will enter the mainstream of retail.

Topics: Robotics Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials retail Technology Artificial Intellegence networks connectivity smart cities connection future of retail smart tracking 2028 Westfield smart malls smart economy experience economy
2 min read

Podcast Episode 79: Free Zone Frontier

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 3, 2019

Episode 79: Free Zone Frontier

Peter and Dan discuss an effective strategy whereby entrepreneurs and established companies eliminate competition, not by overtaking competitors, but rather by building new partnerships through collaborative opportunities.

Topics: Podcast Exponential Wisdom
6 min read

Future-Proofing Your Business

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 30, 2019

Entrepreneurs will create more wealth in the next decade, than we have in the entire past century. We’ll also experience the reinvention of every industry. Understanding how to navigate accelerating technological change is essential for every leader.

Topics: Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials retail Technology Artificial Intellegence networks connectivity smart cities connection future of retail smart tracking 2028 Westfield smart malls smart economy experience economy
7 min read

Abundance Insider: November 29th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 29, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: New haptic device for VR, socially aware algorithms, and NASA’s supermassive black hole finding.

Topics: Abundance Insider AR/VR AI space exploration machine learning Artificial Intellegence Batteries nasa social responsibility haptic devices
9 min read

Smart Stores & the 2030 AI Powered Marketplace

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 27, 2019

How do you buy your stuff? Do you get in your car, or type with your fingers?

Topics: Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials retail Technology Artificial Intellegence networks connectivity smart cities connection future of retail smart tracking 2028 Westfield smart malls smart economy experience economy
8 min read

Artificial Intelligence & Shopping - A New Retail Era

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 24, 2019

Artificial Intelligence technology and broadband are eating retail for breakfast. In the first half of 2019, we’ve seen 19 retailer bankruptcies. And the retail apocalypse is only accelerating.

Topics: 3D Printing Robotics Materials Science Manufacturing Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials Technology Artificial Intellegence robots materials networks connectivity smart cities construction connection Moonshots entrepreneur convergence aid exponential technology drone technology smart tracking mobile connectivity hyperloop Martine Rothblatt organ transplant
9 min read

Abundance Insider: November 23rd, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 23, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Heliogen's concentrated solar power breakthrough, AI bots inventing new tools, and Lenovo's use of VR as an anesthesia alternative.

Topics: Abundance Insider Energy AI Longevity machine learning Artificial Intellegence Drones Batteries Autonomous Drones IoT solar solar energy internet of things aging drone technology solar power energy storage energy abundance future of energy genetic engineering brain genome sequencing water battery Alzheimer's dementia neuroscience optimization Apple Yeezy
7 min read

Pursuing Moonshots: Martine Rothblatt’s Story

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 21, 2019

You just learned your daughter’s disease gives her less than 5 years to live. How do you react? Would you strive to make her last years the most fulfilling? Or would you search every medical journal, contact every scientist, and find her a cure?

Topics: 3D Printing Robotics Materials Science Manufacturing Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials Technology Artificial Intellegence robots materials networks connectivity smart cities construction connection Moonshots entrepreneur convergence aid exponential technology drone technology smart tracking mobile connectivity hyperloop Martine Rothblatt organ transplant
6 min read

Transforming Sick Care into Healthcare - Part 1

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 17, 2019

The U.S. healthcare industry is in for a major disruption in the decade ahead.

Topics: 3D Printing Robotics Materials Science Manufacturing Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials Technology Artificial Intellegence robots Drones Autonomous Drones materials networks connectivity smart cities nanobots construction connection entrepreneur augmented manufacturing convergence catalyzer additive manufacturing convergence disaster relief humanitarian aid humanitarian aid exponential technology drone technology smart tracking mobile connectivity hyperloop
8 min read

Abundance Insider: November 16th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 16, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Memory-mapping neurons, FAA-approved ‘blind’ drone flights, and Fukushima’s renewable energy future.

Topics: Abundance Insider Energy AI Longevity machine learning Artificial Intellegence Drones Batteries Autonomous Drones IoT solar solar energy internet of things aging drone technology solar power energy storage energy abundance future of energy genetic engineering brain genome sequencing water battery Alzheimer's dementia neuroscience optimization Apple Yeezy
2 min read

Podcast Episode 78: Personalized 3D Printed Homes

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 14, 2019

Episode 78: Personalized 3D Printed Homes

Peter and Dan discuss the oncoming wave of 3D-printed homes, soon to grant us far cheaper, more accessible, and environmentally sound alternatives to traditional housing. Offering numerous implications across materials science, market competition and the wealth gap, Peter and Dan demonstrate how both the construction and real estate industries will experience monumental disruption in the coming decade.

Topics: Podcast Exponential Wisdom
7 min read

Hyperloop, Rocket Travel, and Avatars

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 13, 2019

What’s faster than autonomous vehicles and flying cars? 

Topics: 3D Printing Robotics Materials Science Manufacturing Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials Technology Artificial Intellegence robots Drones Autonomous Drones materials networks connectivity smart cities nanobots construction connection entrepreneur augmented manufacturing convergence catalyzer additive manufacturing convergence disaster relief humanitarian aid humanitarian aid exponential technology drone technology smart tracking mobile connectivity hyperloop
9 min read

Abundance Insider: November 8th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 8, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Toshiba's IoT alliance with Softbank and KDDI, an energy breakthrough in solar power storage, and new genetic clues for Alzheimer's prevention.

Topics: Abundance Insider Energy AI Longevity machine learning Artificial Intellegence Drones Batteries Autonomous Drones IoT solar solar energy internet of things aging drone technology solar power energy storage UPS energy abundance softbank future of energy genetic engineering brain genome sequencing water battery CVS Alzheimer's dementia neuroscience Toshiba optimization
6 min read

Quantum Supremacy.... NOW WHAT?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 7, 2019

Imagine a computer that could crack the most sophisticated network in a mere few seconds. Perfectly model complex weather and biological systems.

Topics: google ibm quantum computing computation Google Sycamore Rigetti Computing Rigetti qubits qubit computing Sycamore Chad Rigetti quantum IBM Q53
7 min read

Human Capital Abundance

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 3, 2019

We are about to massively increase the amount of Human Genius on planet Earth in two distinct ways.

Topics: 5G connectivity satellites Brain computer interface crowdsourcing bci brain machine interface Neuralink human capital genius balloons crowdsourcing genius brain-to-brain communication human intelligence
9 min read

Abundance Insider: November 1st, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 1, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: AR-aided surgeries, remote human brain-to-brain collaboration, and a new flu-targeting antibody.

Topics: Abundance Insider AR/VR AI health surgery bci elephants
6 min read

Gigabit bandwidth EVERYWHERE, ALWAYS

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 30, 2019

We’re about to connect 8 billion people on the planet, everywhere, all the time, at near zero cost. This is a future of gigabit connection speeds at the top of Mt. Everest or in the Gobi desert.

Topics: 3D Printing Materials Science food agriculture materials automation future of food agtech vertical farming Plenty Inc. hydroponics aeroponics food tech food production digital agriculture RIPE Project Apeel Sciences Anrich3D Aerofarms RedefineMeat
2 min read

Podcast Episode 77: Eliminating Middlemen, When AI Replaces the Sales Agent

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 28, 2019

Episode 77: Eliminating Middlemen, When AI Replaces the Sales Agent

Peter and Dan discuss the first-order implications of artificial intelligence. As Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and blockchain technologies converge to disrupt traditional business models and processes, countless tasks will become far easier, reducing business costs and time expenditures.

Topics: Podcast Exponential Wisdom
8 min read

Abundance Insider: October 28th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 28, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Google's quantum computing breakthrough, a new gene-editing technique, and NASA's collaboration with Caterpillar on Moon mining machines.

Topics: Abundance Insider Robotics google solar solar energy autonomous vehicles Genetics CRISPR quantum computing nasa solar cells solar power solar roof extraplanetary colonies genetic engineering Caterpillar
8 min read

Future of Transport (Part 1): Flying Cars & Aerial Ridesharing

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 27, 2019

In 2018, for the sixth straight year, Los Angeles earned the dubious honor of being the most gridlocked metropolis in the world, where the average driver spends 2.5 working weeks per year trapped in traffic.

Topics: 3D Printing Materials Science food agriculture materials automation future of food agtech vertical farming Plenty Inc. hydroponics aeroponics food tech food production digital agriculture RIPE Project Apeel Sciences Anrich3D Aerofarms RedefineMeat
7 min read

VR’s leap into the disruptive phase

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 23, 2019

In 2016, venture investments in Virtual Reality exceeded US$800 million, while AR and MR received a total of $450 million. Just a year later, investments in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality startups doubled to US$3.6 billion.

Topics: AR/VR virtual reality
7 min read

Abundance Insider: October 23rd, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 23, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: OpenAI's robotic hand, ANA's pursuit of avatars to replace flying, and DARPA's new inroads in BCIs.

Topics: Abundance Insider Robotics Materials Science Sensors AI
7 min read

The Future of Food: Protein in 2030 (Part 2)

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 20, 2019

Could a hamburger grown in a lab from Kobe beef stem cells be cheaper, better tasting and healthier for you?

Topics: 3D Printing Materials Science food agriculture materials automation future of food agtech vertical farming Plenty Inc. hydroponics aeroponics food tech food production digital agriculture RIPE Project Apeel Sciences Anrich3D Aerofarms RedefineMeat
3 min read

Marketing in the information age

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 16, 2019

It seems like everywhere you turn in the business world, you see the word “automation”. While it’s clear that automating your workflow can increase your team’s productivity, I’ve found that many companies haven’t fully embraced the marketing tools available to them.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Business Models automation marketing
6 min read

The Future of Food: 3D Printing, Vertical Farming & Materials Science (Part 1)

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 13, 2019

Food… What we eat, and how we grow it, will be fundamentally transformed in the next decade.

Topics: 3D Printing Materials Science food agriculture materials automation future of food agtech vertical farming Plenty Inc. hydroponics aeroponics food tech food production digital agriculture RIPE Project Apeel Sciences Anrich3D Aerofarms RedefineMeat
9 min read

Abundance Insider: October 11th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 11, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Lab-grown meat in space, a brain-controlled exoskeleton, and wireless charging of IoT-connected devices.

Topics: Abundance Insider Robotics Materials Science Sensors AI
8 min read

Sensors Explosion & the Rise of IoT

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 9, 2019

“Hey Google, how’s my health this morning?”

Topics: Sensors IoT trillion sensor economy smart cities internet of things smart tracking
5 min read

The Future is Faster Than You Think

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 6, 2019

Over the next three months, I am beyond excited to give you a sneak peek into my new upcoming book, The Future is Faster Than You Think!

Topics: AR/VR Augmented Reality augmented manufacturing ar cloud
8 min read

Abundance Insider: October 4th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 4, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Google's VR Versailles Tour, new artificial skin for haptic feedback, and photovoltaic-powered sensors.

Topics: Abundance Insider Robotics Materials Science Sensors AI
8 min read

Augmented Reality Worlds: Implications & Opportunity

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 29, 2019

How do you want to see the world? As an ongoing game? A constant shopping extravaganza? A classroom that spans the planet and never stops teaching? How the Earth appeared 100 years ago?

Topics: AR/VR Augmented Reality augmented manufacturing ar cloud
8 min read

Abundance Insider: September 27th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 27, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: New CRISPR explorations, CTRL-labs' neural monitoring armband, and a nighttime solar panel.

Topics: Abundance Insider Space Robotics Materials Science Sensors AI space exploration retail Private Space healthcare deepfakes future of retail prosthetics cancer therapeutics drug delivery extraplanetary colonies space colonies palladium therapeutics
2 min read

Podcast Episode 76: Adding 30 Years to Your Healthspan

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 24, 2019

Episode 76: Adding 30 Years to Your Healthspan

With the rise of exponential health technologies, Peter and Dan investigate newly available business opportunities using their “first order implications” framework. When biotech advancements turn sickcare into healthcare, and science adds an additional 20-30 healthy years to our lifespans, what new markets emerge (and which ones disappear)? Peter and Dan discuss the implications to businesses, customers, and society as a whole.

Topics: Podcast Exponential Wisdom
12 min read

How will AR change your industry?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 22, 2019

Augmented Reality (AR) has already exceeded over 2,000 AR apps on over 1.4 billion active iOS devices. Even if on a rudimentary level, the AR technology is now permeating the consumer products space.

Topics: 3D Printing Manufacturing Exponentials construction augmented manufacturing additive manufacturing future of construction space colonies New Story WinSun Made In Space
8 min read

Abundance Insider: September 20th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 20, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: A new record in residential energy storage, bioreactors for carbon sequestration, and democratized AI toolkits.

Topics: Abundance Insider Space Robotics Materials Science Sensors AI space exploration retail Private Space healthcare deepfakes future of retail prosthetics cancer therapeutics drug delivery extraplanetary colonies space colonies palladium therapeutics
7 min read

3D printing everything!

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 18, 2019

This blog is an excerpt from my next book The Future is Faster Than You Think, co-authored with Steven Kotler, to be released January 28th, 2020.

Topics: 3D Printing Manufacturing Exponentials construction augmented manufacturing additive manufacturing future of construction space colonies New Story WinSun Made In Space
9 min read

How AR, AI, Sensors & Blockchain are Converging Into Web 3.0

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 15, 2019

How each of us sees the world is about to change dramatically…

Topics: AR/VR Exponentials Augmented Reality intelligent hardware hardware augmented manufacturing Mojo Vision Microsoft HoloLens Magic Leap
9 min read

Abundance Insider: September 14th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 14, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Mixing cement in space, Facebook's initiative to battle deepfakes, and a new candidate for targeted cancer therapy.

Topics: Abundance Insider Space Robotics Materials Science Sensors AI space exploration retail Private Space healthcare deepfakes future of retail prosthetics cancer therapeutics drug delivery extraplanetary colonies space colonies palladium therapeutics
2 min read

Podcast Episode 75: Private Space Exploration

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 9, 2019

Episode 75: Private Space Exploration

Peter and Dan launch into a comprehensive update on space exploration. As governments and corporations alike pursue reusable spacecraft, extra-planetary manufacturing tools and cheaper launch systems, this discussion focuses on the remarkable initiatives of private companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin, now eclipsing government capabilities in speed and scale.

Topics: Podcast Exponential Wisdom
9 min read

Augmented Reality Part 2 - Apps & Hardware

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 8, 2019

Today, adults in the U.S. spend over nine hours a day looking at screens. That counts for more than a third of our livelihoods.

Yet even though they serve as a portal to 90 percent of our media consumption, screens continue to define and constrain how and where we consume content, and they may very soon become obsolete.

Riding new advancements in hardware and connectivity, augmented reality (AR) is set to replace these 2D interfaces, instead allowing us to see through a digital information layer. And ultimately, AR headsets will immerse us in dynamic stories, learn-everywhere education, and even gamified work tasks.

If you want to play AR Star Wars, you’re battling the Empire on your way to work, in your cubicle, cafeteria, bathroom and beyond.

We got our first taste of AR’s real-world gamification in 2016, when Nintendo released Pokemon Go. Thus began the greatest cartoon character turkey shoot in history. With 5 million daily users, 65 million monthly users, and over $2 billion in revenue, the virtual-overlaid experience remains one for the books.

In the years since, similar AR apps have exploded. Once thick and bulky, AR glasses are becoming increasingly lightweight, stylish, and unobtrusive. And over the next 15 years, AR portals will become almost unnoticeable, as hardware rapidly dematerializes.

Companies like Mojo Vision are even rumored to be developing AR contact lenses, slated to offer us heads-up display capabilities — no glasses required.

In this second installation of our five-part AR blog series, we are doing a deep dive into the various apps, headsets, and lenses on the market today, along with projected growth.

Let’s take a look…

Mobile AR

We have already begun to sample AR’s extraordinary functions through mobile (smartphone) apps. And the growth of the market is only accelerating.

Snap recently announced it will raise $1 billion in short-term debt to invest in media content, acquisitions, and AR features. Both Apple and Google are racing to deploy phones with requisite infrastructure to support hyper-realistic AR.

And in the iOS space, developers use ARKit in iPhone software, from the SE to the latest-generation X, to bring high-definition AR experiences to life. Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly emphasized his belief that AR will “change the way we use technology forever.”

While recent rumors reveal the company’s AR glasses project has been discontinued, Apple’s foray in AR is far from over. Just recently, the tech giant broadcasted a large collection of job postings for AR and VR experts. And although somewhat speculative, Apple is likely waiting for the consumer market to mature before releasing its first-generation AR glasses or pivoting towards an entirely new AR hardware product.

For now, Apple seems to be promoting the extensive hardware advancements showcased by its A12 bionic chip, not to mention the variety of apps available in its App Store.

  • In the productivity realm: IKEA place allows users to try out furniture in the home, experimenting with styles and sizing before ordering online. Or take Vuforia Chalk, a novel AR tool that helps customers fix appliances with real-time virtual assistance. As users direct their smartphone cameras towards troublesome appliances, remote tech support workers can draw on consumers’ screens to guide them through repair steps.
  • As to the AR playground, Monster Park brings Jurassic Park dinosaurs into any landscape you desire, immersing you in a modern-day Mesozoic Era. Meanwhile, Dance Reality can guide you through detailed steps and timing of countless dance styles.
  • In virtually immersive learning, BBC’s Civilisations lets you hold, spin, and view x-rays of ancient artifacts while listening to historical narrations. WWF’s Free Rivers transforms your tabletop into natural landscapes, from the Himalayas to the African Sahara, allowing you to digitally manipulate entire ecosystems to better understand how water flow affects habitats.
  • Or even create your own DIY AR worlds and objects using Thyng.

Yet for Android users, options are just as varied, based on the Android software-compatible ARCore used by developers. While the recently announced Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 aims to capture enterprise clients, Android smartphone hardware provides remarkable AR experiences for everyday consumers.

  • For sheer doodling, DoodleLens brings your doodles to life, transforming paper drawings into 3D animated figures that you can place and manipulate in your physical environment. And even more directly, Just a Line allows anyone to create a 3D drawing within their physical surroundings, making space itself an endless canvas.
  • Learn as you travel: Google Translate can now take an image of any foreign street sign, menu, or label and provide instantaneous translation in real time. And beyond Earth-bound adventures, the now open-sourced Sky Map guides you through constellations across the night sky.
  • Even alter your own body with Inkhunter, which allows users to preview any potential tattoo design on their skin. Or as is familiar to most younger folks, change your look with Snapchat’s computer vision-derived filters, which have already reached 90 percent of 12-to 24-year-olds in the U.S.

Leading Headsets

Although the number of AR headsets breaking into the market may seem overwhelming, a few of the top contenders are now pushing the envelope in everything from wide FOV immersion to applications in enterprise.

(1) Highest Resolution

DreamGlass: Connected to a PC or Android-based smartphone, DreamWorld’s headset offers 2.5K resolution in each lens, beating out Full HD resolution screens, but in AR. Now flooded by investment, resolution improvements minimize pixel size, reducing the “screen door effect,” whereby pixel boundaries disrupt the image like a screen’s mesh. Offering unprecedented levels of hand- and head-tracking precision, the headset even features 6 degrees of freedom (i.e. axes of directional rotation).

And with a flexible software development kit (SDK), supported by Unity and Android, the device is highly accessible to developers, making it a ready candidate for countless immersive experiences. Already at $619, the DreamGlass and comparable technology are only falling in price.

(2) Best for Enterprise

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2: In just four years (since Google’s release of the last iteration), the Google Glass has gotten a major upgrade, now geared with an 8-megapixel camera, detachable lens, vastly increased battery life, faster connection, and ultra-high-performance Snapdragon XR1 CPU. Already, the Glass has been sold to over 100 businesses, including GE, agricultural machinery manufacturer AGCO, and health record company Dignity Health.

But perhaps most remarkable are the bucks AR can make for business. Using the Glass, GE has increased productivity by 25 percent, and DHL improved its supply chain efficiency by 15 percent. While only (currently) available for businesses, the new-and-improved AR glasses stand at $999 and will continue to ride plummeting production costs.

(3) Democratized AR

Vuzix Blade: Resembling chunky Oakley sunglasses, these smart glasses are extraordinarily portable, with a built-in Android OS as well as both WiFi and Bluetooth connection. Designed for everyday consumer use (at a price point of $700), the Vuzix Blade is slowly chipping away at smartphone functionalities. For easy control of an intuitive interface, a touchpad on the device’s temples allows consumers to display everything from social media platforms and user messages to “light AR” experiences. Meanwhile, an 8MP HD camera makes your phone camera null and void, allowing users to remain immersed in their experience while digitally capturing it at the same time. All the while, built-in Alexa capabilities and vibration alerts extend users’ experience beyond pure visual stimulation.

(4) Widest Field of View (FOV)

Microsoft HoloLens 2: This newly announced headset leads the industry with a 43° x 29° FOV, more than double its (2016-released) predecessor’s capability. But this drastic increase in visual immersiveness is far from the only device improvement. For improved long-use comfort, the headset’s center of gravity now rests on the top of the head, moving away from typical front-loaded headsets.

An even more novel functionality, tiny cameras on the nose bridge verify a user’s identity by scanning the wearer’s eyes and customizing the display based on distance between pupils. Once accompanied by emotion-deducing AIs (now under development), this tracking technology could even evolve to intuitively predict a user’s desires and emotional feedback in future models. Geared with a Qualcomm 850 mobile processor and Microsoft's own AI engine built-in, Hololens’ potential is limitless.


(5) Class A Comfort

Magic Leap One: Weighing less than 0.8 pounds, this headset provides one of the most lightweight experiences available today with a 40° x 30° FOV, just barely eclipsed by that of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2. En route to dematerialization, Magic Leap merely requires a small “Lightpack” attachment in the wearer’s pocket, connected via cable to the goggles. A handheld controller additionally contains a touchpad, haptic feedback, and six degrees of freedom motion sensing. Meanwhile, light sensors make the digital renderings even more realistic, as they reflect physical light into the viewer’s space.

Teasing AR’s future convergence with AI, Magic Leap even features a virtual human called “Mica,” which responds to a user’s emotions (detected through eye-tracking) by returning a smile or offering a friendly gesture.

Final Thoughts

As headsets plummet in price and size, AR will rapidly permeate households over the next decade.

Once we have mastered headsets and smart glasses, AR-enabled contact lenses will make our virtually enhanced world second nature.

And ultimately, BCIs will directly interface with our neural signals to provide an instantaneous, seamlessly intuitive connection, merging our minds with limitless troves of knowledge, rich human connection, and never-before-possible experiences.

While only approaching the knee of the curve, these pioneering mobile apps and novel headset technologies explored above will soon give rise to one of the most revolutionary industries yet to be seen— one that will fundamentally transform our lives.

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Topics: AR/VR Exponentials Augmented Reality intelligent hardware hardware augmented manufacturing Mojo Vision Microsoft HoloLens Magic Leap
9 min read

Abundance Insider: September 6th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 6, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Agricultural drone swarms, first-ever remote heart surgery, and Insilico Medicine's AI-driven drug discovery.

Topics: Abundance Insider Robotics AI Insilico Drones Autonomous Drones autonomous vehicles automation drone technology agtech workplace automation telemedicine telesurgery
8 min read

The Augmented World of 2030 - Part 1

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 1, 2019

Augmented Reality is about to add a digital intelligence layer to our every surrounding, transforming retail, manufacturing, education, tourism, real estate, and almost every major industry that holds up our economy today.

Topics: Education Energy Abundance AR/VR Exponentials healthcare Augmented Reality intelligent hardware hardware augmented manufacturing Mojo Vision Microsoft HoloLens Magic Leap
10 min read

Abundance Insider: August 30th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 31, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Stratospheric drones, a new space elevator design, and CRISPR-controlled materials for drug delivery.

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Cambridge scientists reverse aging process in rat brain stem cells.

What it is: A team of researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute has discovered a critical component of the extracellular environment’s effect on our brain’s aging process. As a result, they’ve now uncovered a potential mechanism for reversing loss of function in brain stem cells, typically due to stiffening. The researchers first studied the function of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) — a type of stem cell critical for normal brain function and myelin reformation — by placing the OPCs of older mice into the far softer brain tissue of younger animals. Surprisingly, the older cells became rejuvenated, behaving more similarly to younger counterparts. The team then took its research a step further by removing Piezo1, a protein on the cell’s surface that detects whether its environment is soft or stiff. Once Piezo1 was removed, the OPCs were essentially tricked into believing their environment was soft, subsequently resuming normal, healthy function.

Why it’s important: In the near term, this discovery holds extraordinary potential to alleviate the pain of patients with Multiple Sclerosis, who suffer loss of function in both the brain and other parts of the nervous system. More broadly, however, this study demonstrates a key link between extracellular environment and the human aging process, opening new avenues for research and therapeutic applications. A major feat for longevity research, this and similar discoveries make aging research far more relevant to the well-funded study of other diseases, helping spur new funding for our extension of the human healthspan. | Share on Facebook.

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Drone Ambitions Soar to the Stratosphere.

What it is: Airbus, Boeing, and SoftBank are now developing stratospheric autonomous drones, capable of flying at (and even above) 60,000 feet. Intended to fly for months without intervention, the drones could deliver imaging and even internet services from above, generating a new market for commercial and military customers. Already, Airbus’s current iteration of its solar-powered Zephyr UAV weighs just 175 pounds yet touts a wingspan of 75 feet. Taking after this lightweight model, the stratospheric drones would be able to recharge batteries during the day to stay aloft at night. While seemingly a competitor to satellite connectivity providers like Starlink, OneWeb or TeleSat, these drones could additionally improve the link between ground and space satellites, according to the European Space Agency. This, in turn, would make upper stratospheric and space efforts far more complementary than competitive.

Why it’s important: According to research firm NSR, high-altitude aircraft (including stratospheric drones, balloons and airships) could generate $1.7 billion in revenue over the next decade. Despite the challenges of building aircraft light enough to fly above 60,000 feet, yet capable of withstanding turbulence at lower altitudes, there are already over 40 development programs currently under way. As both R&D and private sector investment continue on the rise, we will soon bring connectivity to upwards of 4 billion people currently without access to the web— no undersea cables or capital-intensive trenches needed. Last-mile connectivity costs will plunge, and anyone anywhere will be able to leverage the connected globe. | Share on Facebook.

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Double’s new telepresence robot now drives you around like you’re a Sim.

What it is: In a new feat for telepresence robotics, Double has announced the third generation of its flagship telecommuting device. The company’s latest model, “Double 3” has vastly improved upon previous hardware, no longer consisting of a scooter-like mount topped with (separately purchased) iPad. Embedding a screen for remote interaction with the robot’s environment, Double 3 is additionally equipped with a suite of cameras and 3D sensors, enabling seamless self-driving and augmented reality integration. No longer needing to manually steer Double around the office, users can simply place a “pin” on their target location and the robot will automatically go there, avoiding all obstacles and people along the way. Further geared with high-resolution Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras, the device grants remote workers anywhere the novel ability to collaborate with colleagues in a hyper-efficient, life-like way.

Why it’s important: In just the past 5 years, the number of employers that allow working from home has grown 40 percent. Yet beyond the benefits of no commute, a recent survey revealed that 86 percent of employees find they are more productive at home than in an office. Yet Double and similar telepresence robots provide teams the best of both worlds, offering the convenience of working from home, while still maintaining the efficiency of spontaneous “water cooler” conversations and in-person meetings. As investment in sensors, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality surges year-to-year, the cost of producing telepresence hardware will continue to plummet. An indication of the technology’s growing commercialization, Suitable Technologies (Double’s main competitor) was recently acquired by Blue Ocean Robotics, as the company continues deploying its Beam robot. Amplifying the experience of decentralized teams, Double’s latest iteration could permeate a range of industries, from elder care to surveillance to supply chain management. How might your business leverage telepresence robotics in a growing decentralized workforce? | Share on Facebook.

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Wildfire science: computer models, drones and laser scanning help fan the flames and prevent widespread devastation.

What it is: Utah University atmospheric scientist Adam Kochanski and a team of researchers are now refining a computer model with new data to predict how fires will spread and what weather events will follow in their wake. Initiating a “prescribed fire” — a controlled fire typically intended for habitat restoration in forest regions — the team used numerous infrared camera-fitted drones, laser scanning, and sensors to collect data while Kochanski tested his predictive model’s forecasts. While generated data is still being processed, the experiment is contributing to ‘coupled fire-atmosphere models,’ which leverage data to determine how wildfires influence local weather conditions, and the interaction of the two. Yet already, Kochanski’s model proved remarkably predictive of the experimental fire’s actual behavior.

Why it’s important: As wildfires grow ever more untamable and regions like the Amazon suffer detrimental losses, high-accuracy predictive models are more vital than ever before. Just in the last 10 decade, wildfires have decimated between 16,000 and 40,000 square kilometers of land in the U.S. each year, resulting in financial losses of US$5 billion. Paired with robust networks of sensors and autonomous drone fleets, computer models that incorporate weather conditions in AI forest fire mapping could help us to stem early fires before they gain momentum, saving forests, lives, and entire habitats. | Share on Facebook.

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These researchers want to run a cable from the Earth to the Moon.

What it is: Space elevators have remained a science fiction moonshot since the Space Race of the 1960s. Building them would require cable material far stronger and lighter than any material currently discovered. However, in a newly published paper, researchers from Columbia and Cambridge universities describe Spaceline, a promising cable design made from known materials that could run from the surface of the Moon to geostationary orbit (approximately 36,000 kilometers above ground). Given that the elevator would not attach to Earth’s crust, the design eliminates numerous past engineering challenges, as rockets would only need to reach Spaceline’s endpoint, dock on the elevator, and be pulled to the Lunar surface.

Why it’s important: Rocketing into space (particularly with heavy cargo) is exorbitantly expensive, costing between US$10-20 million per metric ton of weight. Finding alternative methods of exiting the Earth’s atmosphere is therefore crucial for our democratization of space travel and extraplanetary discovery. In success, Spaceline could significantly lower the cost and challenge of modern-day rocket launches, possibly even allowing future researchers to tether orbital telescopes and research institutions between the Earth and Moon. Made far more accessible given its use of existing materials, Spaceline may not only forge a faster path to private space travel, but could enable new space-based research to fundamentally shift the way we understand our universe and our species’ place within it. | Share on Facebook.

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Gene Editing Transforms Gel into Shape-Shifting Smart Material.

What it is: We often think of CRISPR in the context of genetically modified organisms or treatment of genetic diseases. Yet a team of researchers led by MIT bioengineer James Collins now has a new application for the gene-editing tool: smart materials that can shape-shift on command. Working with water-filled polymers held together by DNA strands called DNA hydrogels, the team used DNA-snipping enzyme Cas12a to alter the properties of these polymers. Programmed to recognize a specific DNA sequence and cut the targeted strand, Cas12a is now being used to build a number of CRISPR-controlled hydrogels that can change shape or dissolve completely to release a payload. Having demonstrated effectiveness, the team has even designed these hydrogels to release enzymes, drugs and human cells in response to programmed stimuli.

Why it’s important: Smart sensors for targeted drug delivery within the body have long been a hot topic of discussion, poised to revolutionize medicine with personalized and preventive care. Yet this research team’s CRISPR-controlled hydrogels could soon make this vision a practical reality. As expressed by Collins, “We’re in the CRISPR age right now [...] It’s taken over biology and biotechnology. We’ve shown that it can make inroads into materials and bio-materials.” Enabling constant monitoring of internal conditions, shape-shifting hydrogels and similar CRISPR-controlled materials might one day be capable of surrounding an infection with antibiotics the minute it appears, or releasing cancer drugs as soon as tumors are detected. Fortifying our bodies with an internal line of defense, smart biomaterials are slated to vastly increase the human healthspan, revolutionizing healthcare and the way we treat disease. | Share on Facebook.

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