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
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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
10 min read

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
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
7 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 on-going 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
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
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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
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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
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Abundance Insider: August 9th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 9, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Samsung's 'smart' contact lenses, gamified tree-planting, and this week's virtual conference experiment.

Topics: Abundance Insider Future of Work AR/VR AI food Artificial Intellegence virtual reality environment capital Augmented Reality China computation future of food
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Convergence in VR/AR: 5 Anticipated Breakthroughs to Watch

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 5, 2019

Convergence is accelerating disruption… everywhere!

Topics: Abundance AR/VR Abundance 360 a360 virtual reality Augmented Reality film entertainment augmented manufacturing convergence catalyzer convergence immersive worlds movies edutainment
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Abundance Insider: May 3rd, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 3, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Pollution-eating artificial trees, Augmented Reality contact lenses, and a "brain decoder" that turns thoughts into speech.

Topics: Abundance Insider Space Materials Science health Artificial Intellegence environment healthcare Augmented Reality Stem Cells wearables Brain computer interface mHealth electric vehicles marketing nasa
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Abundance Insider: March 1st, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 1, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Real-world AR overlays, microfluidic biosensors, and Microsoft's new, developer-friendly Kinect.

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Peter, Marissa, Kelley, Greg, Bri, Jarom, Joseph, Derek, Jason, Claire and Max

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Magic Leap Wants To Build AR “Layers” Over The Entire Earth

What it is: Last October, Magic Leap’s CEO Rony Abovitz shared his vision for the “Magicverse,” a virtual world superimposed upon physical spaces. Now with $2.4 billion in funding, the company has just released a tangible concept of how this envisioned digital layering would work. Accessible through augmented reality hardware, digital layers will begin to tether virtual objects — whether health data, narrative entertainment, or virtual work documents — to specific physical locations. Given requirements for low latency and rapid feedback, these and similar AR experiences are now being built upon spatial computing, a nascent field born on the heels of proliferating high-speed 5G networks.

Why it's important: Personalized to users, Magic Leap’s physically tethered virtual world offers a pioneering example of the Spatial Web, or Web 3.0. Slated to blur the distinctions between virtual and physical space, the Magicverse could free any user to design imaginative futures atop their physical environment, enriching urban spaces and private interiors alike. Intended to become “a real city that would never cease to be the blueprint of the future,” in the words of Abovitz, the Magicverse could one day give rise to entire economies, merging virtual marketplaces with vastly enhanced smart cities.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

Device Spots Cancer In A Single Blood Drop

What it is: Researchers from the University of Kansas engineered a new type of microfluidic lab-on-a-chip optimized for detecting exosomes, the tiny parcels of biological information that carry important instructions for tumor growth. In recent years, biologists mapped exosome behavior to detect cancer. This new lab-on-a-chip leverages recent breakthroughs in microfluidics -- basically, micron-scale plumbing systems -- to dramatically improve exosome detection. Namely, they developed new techniques to produce these microfluidic sensors in a cheaper, easier and faster fashion.

Why it's important: For the consumer, microfluidics open a Pandora’s box of applications for miniaturized biosensors. For the researcher and entrepreneur, microfluidics, particularly lab-on-a-chip devices, will be a major driver in demonetizing drug development, lab research, and our overall understanding of biology. Research that previously required massive and expensive equipment (as well as functioning human organs or living creatures) can now be replicated on a chip smaller than a few square inches.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Android Is Helping Kill Passwords On A Billion Devices

What it is: Google and Android are making moves to eliminate the need for passwords on mobile devices, while simultaneously making interactions more secure. As our digital interactions grow and new services pop up, creating and remembering secure passwords is a growing problem and drain on productivity. Now, in collaboration with the FIDO Alliance, Android has added certified support for the FIDO2 standard, essentially making it possible to log in to websites in Chrome via thumbprint identification or hardware dongles like a YubiKey.

Why it's important: This security move will affect over one billion devices. Android developers will now be able to design simpler interactions into their websites, dramatically improving ease of use. On the security front, this has the potential to make it far more difficult to be fooled by things like phishing scams, which trick you into entering usernames and passwords.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Using Collectible Pins, Google Shows How AR Will Change Navigation

What it is: At this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), Google has just piloted its newest version of collectible AR pins, accessible through the Android Partner Walk app and accompanied by virtual characters. By planting QR code-like AR markers across MWC’s floor plan, Google’s new AR venture allows users to scan these floor tags and collect animated 3D characters in the process, after which they are guided by AR signs along a route to other pins. While still in its early stages, the real sophistication behind Google’s quirky AR app lies in each tag’s understanding of its location and the tethering of a virtual navigation layer to physical spaces.

Why it's important: Imagine running into Central Park, one of Dubai’s micro-city malls or California’s Disneyland, and within seconds, the physical path in front of you pops up with animated arrows that guide you to your destination. With implications even beyond personalized maps, Google’s AR pins and recent AR Walk feature join an exploding cohort of Spatial Web enterprises that may ironically connect us more to physical space through virtual layering. Hardware advancements and high-speed connectivity are quickly allowing us to spatially represent digital data, now mapped onto precise locations, objects and even permission-locked coordinates. As a result, we may soon transition from looking at our screens to seeing through them.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

Microsoft Puts Mixed Reality, High-Speed 3D Rendering, And Kinect Vision Into Cloud

What it is: Last year, Microsoft announced the latest version of its Kinect (a portmanteau of "kinetic" and "connect") motion-sensor platform. The new Azure Kinect "leverage[s] the richness of Azure AI to dramatically improve insights and operations.” This month, Microsoft followed up by announcing a developer kit for the Azure Kinect, allowing third parties to more robustly build applications and research projects on the platform.

Why it's important: Through a business lens, the evolution of Kinect from a video gaming tool into a robust, enterprise-grade development platform is a testament to the power of customer feedback. While the first version of the Kinect saw lackluster adoption by the gaming community, researchers around the world found incredible value in the advanced low-cost sensor package. Microsoft listened and course-corrected accordingly. From a technology perspective, Microsoft’s Azure Kinect Developer Kit marks a true convergence, bringing together artificial intelligence, high performance cloud computing, advanced and demonetized sensors (e.g. cameras), and augmented reality. Paraphrasing the old saying, it takes an army of exponential technologies to transform the world.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Doctors Plan To Test A Gene Therapy That Could Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

What it is: In a first, a team of doctors led by Ronald Crystal at Weill Cornell Medicine in Manhattan has expanded the use of gene therapy to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Gene therapy has so far focused on rare diseases where a single gene is the culprit, such as hemophilia. Alzheimer’s is far more complex, which is one reason pharmaceutical approaches to a cure have proven elusive. Epidemiological data shows a strong correlation between the various types of the APOE gene and rate of Alzheimer’s — APOE2 confers a less-than-average risk, APOE3 an average risk, and APOE4 delivers as much as 12x higher risk than average. In May, Crystal’s team will begin clinical trials, injecting a virus carrying the APOE2 gene into the spinal fluid of volunteers of people already suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Why it's important: If successful, this has the potential to impact millions (if not billions) of people suffering from Alzheimer’s today and in the near future. Where else can we deploy gene therapy to treat previously intractable conditions?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Claire Adair / Written by Jason Goodwin 

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Abundance Insider: December 28th, 2018

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 28, 2018

In this week's Abundance Insider: Bioplastics from algae, livestreaming farmers, and an AR tool that brings any photo to life.

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Peter, Marissa, Kelley, Greg, Bri, Jarom, Joseph, Derek, Jason, Claire and Max

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Magical AR Demo Turns 2D Photos into 'Harry Potter'-Style 3D Animations

What it is: Researchers at Facebook and the University of Washington have released video of their Photo Wake-Up augmented reality project, which animates stationary characters from any still image. Most current AR applications are built for a specific image, like a billboard; this tool can identify a human silhouette, generate a 3D version of the person, and create a realistic animation for the figure to jump off the photo into the real world.

Why it's important: This AR tool digitizes and accelerates the speed of computer animation. It enables moving photography and artwork akin to the animated imagery in the Harry Potter movies. Imagine interacting with next-gen immersive advertisements (or art exhibits) where clouds move, cars drive, and animated 3D figures dance around you.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Marissa Brassfield 

Meet The Latest Spinout of Alphabet's X

What it is: Malta, the latest spinout of Alphabet’s moonshot factory X, has announced a $26 million funding round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures. The pumped thermal energy storage system uses vats of molten salt and a liquid that acts like antifreeze. Malta uses common, inexpensive materials, and can store energy for weeks.

Why it's important: Large-scale energy storage is traditionally cost-prohibitive, or tied to either renewable or traditional electricity sources. “Malta has the potential to make existing capital investments in both fossil and renewable generation more productive while dramatically improving power grid stability and resilience," the company writes in a press release. At scale, solutions like Malta could enable true energy abundance.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Derek Dolin / Written by Marissa Brassfield 

Some Of The Biggest Livestreamers In China Are Not Teenagers, But Farmers

What it is:  Over 100,000 farmers across China have taken to livestreaming on e-commerce sites and other platforms, like KuaiShou. Promoting everything from produce to personality to lifestyle quirks, many have attracted massive fan followings and lucrative salaries in the process. Well after Alibaba’s e-commerce platform Taobao launched livestreaming on its app in 2016, the Chinese tech giant has now announced a new program that plans to incubate around 1,000 farmer livestreamers. Aside from reaching new urban customers from China’s poorer, rural regions, most popular farmer livestreamers even receive ‘virtual gifts’ (representing real money) from viewers, in some cases earning up to an aggregate of $140,000 per month.

Why it's important: While livestreaming poses a competitive and image-centric landscape for some, it has also seen the emergence of honest human engagement transcending boundaries of wealth, work and land. Some tune in to learn about produce, and others — such as is the case with livestreamer Liu Mama — seek to connect with the more genuinely portrayed lives of streamers communicating authentic opinions, improvised skits and unedited life snippets. And the numbers speak for themselves: nearly 350 million Chinese online users have tried live-streaming apps, as the market continues to grow 180 percent year-on-year, from a $3B livestream market in 2016. As our ability to share and listen grows ever more democratized, what new voices might we tune into?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

Microorganisms That Eat Seaweed Can Create Biodegradable Plastic

What it is: Tel Aviv University researchers have engineered a biopolymer derived from seaweed-eating microorganisms. The biodegradable bioplastic (specifically, polyhydroxyalkanoate, or PHA) can be recycled into organic products which, in turn, can easily be reprocessed into useful polymers. The raw materials into the production of this polymer were (1) multicellular seaweed and (2) single-celled microorganisms that ate the seaweed, outputting a polymer suitable for making bioplastics.

Why it's important: Bioplastics don’t use petroleum, which requires energy and intensive processes to obtain; instead, they use readily accessible biocarbon sources. Bioplastics typically require land and fresh water resources to cultivate the biocarbon source. Harvesting marine microorganisms as the biocarbon source opens a massive new opportunity for countries with limited freshwater and land resources (e.g. Israel) to transition to the more sustainable plastic class of bioplastics.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

What is Abundance Insider?

This email is a briefing of the week's most compelling, abundance-enabling tech developments, curated by Marissa Brassfield in preparation for Abundance 360. Read more about A360 below.

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Abundance Digital is Peter’s online educational portal and community of abundance-minded entrepreneurs. You’ll find weekly video updates from Peter, a curated newsfeed of exponential news, and a place to share your bold ideas. Click here to learn more and sign up.

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Future of Work, Free Time & Play

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 23, 2018

How we work and play is about to transform.

Topics: Future of Work AR/VR virtual reality future Augmented Reality Web 3.0 Spatial Web free time gaming storytelling future of play film
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Spatial Web & the Future of Work

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 9, 2018

What is the future of work?

Is our future one of ‘technological socialism’ (where technology is taking care of our needs)?

Topics: Future of Work AR/VR cryptocurrencies blockchain Artificial Intellegence virtual reality Augmented Reality Web 3.0 Spatial Web office
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The Spatial Web - Part 2

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 18, 2018

Converging exponential technologies will transform media, advertising and the retail world. The world we see, through our digitally enhanced eyes, will multiply and explode with intelligence, personalization and brilliance.

Topics: AR/VR Media + Press retail cryptocurrencies blockchain Artificial Intellegence virtual reality advertising Augmented Reality distributed ledger internet of things digitization Web 3.0 democratization mixed reality the Internet Spatial Web the Web decentralization news
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The Spatial Web - Part 1

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 11, 2018

The boundaries between digital and physical space are disappearing at a breakneck pace. What was once static and boring is becoming dynamic and magical.

Topics: AR/VR cryptocurrencies blockchain Artificial Intellegence virtual reality Augmented Reality distributed ledger internet of things digitization Web 3.0 democratization mixed reality the Internet Spatial Web the Web decentralization
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Perfect Knowledge + Radical Transparency

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 29, 2018

We’re rapidly approaching the era of abundant knowledge – a time when you can know anything you want, anywhere you want, anytime you want. An era of radical transparency.

Topics: Abundance AR/VR Sensors networks future SpaceX satellites knowledge Augmented Reality trillion sensor economy autonomous vehicles self-driving cars