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
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
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
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
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
15 min read

Abundance Insider: June 14th 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 14, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Amazon's commercial delivery drone, lab-grown stem cell heart patches, and a new artificial reef.

Topics: Abundance Insider Energy AI Artificial Intellegence Drones solar energy Amazon autonomous vehicles oceans
17 min read

Abundance Insider: April 26th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 26, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Tesla robo-taxis, eco-friendly transparent wood, and Alphabet's Wing drones get FAA certification.

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Tesla Takes Aim At Uber And Lyft With Plans To Roll Out 1 Million Robo-Taxis By Next Year

What it is: This week, Elon Musk revealed that Tesla plans to roll out autonomous Robo-Taxis by next year. While he acknowledged the massive regulatory hurdles ahead for this project, Musk said that “Next year for sure, we will have over 1 million Robo-Taxis on the road.” Once rolled out, Tesla owners will be able to offer their cars onto the ‘Tesla Network’ via the Tesla mobile App, so that other people can use it in a ridesharing fashion similar to Uber and Lyft. Tesla estimates Tesla owners will be able to earn over $30,000 per year from offering their car as a Tesla Network Robo-Taxi. “The fundamental message that consumers should be taking today is that it is financially insane to buy anything other than a Tesla,” he said.

Why it's important: Earlier this year, Lyft saw a massive IPO with a current market cap of over $16 billion. Uber is expected to go public with a valuation of over $90 billion. Now, Tesla is entering the game to disrupt this already-disruptive industry. With millions of autonomous-ready cars already on the road, Tesla is well equipped to transform the ridesharing landscape. With its new autonomous plans, Tesla is set to dramatically undercut Uber and Lyft ($0.18 per mile vs. $2 to $3 per mile), a boon to Tesla owners and ridesharing customers alike. Billions of dollars worldwide are being pumped into R&D to make autonomous cars commonplace. How will you leverage this colossal opportunity?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Claire Adair / Written by Max Goldberg 

Alphabet’s Wing Drones Get FAA Approval For U.S. Package Delivery

What it is: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Alphabet-owned drone delivery startup Wing the first Air Carrier Certification. With this certification, the U.S. officially joins Canberra, Australia, where Wing has been testing delivery drones since 2014. The permit enables Wing to deliver goods from local businesses to homes, even flying over civilians and out of the drone operator's line of sight. In “the coming weeks,” Wing will begin a pilot program in the Blacksburg and Christiansburg areas of Virginia.

Why it's important: Delivery drones will transform how we move products around the planet. These vehicles remove the energy inefficiency of moving heavy steel trucks simply to deliver small packages. They also enable rapid point-to-point delivery of essential goods (e.g. medicines, blood plasma), creature comforts (e.g. toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo) and, importantly, takeout food and groceries. With on-demand autonomous delivery, what essentials will you order directly to your door?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

This “Transparent Wood” Could Cut the Cost Of Heating Your Home

What it is: A research team led by Celine Montanari at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has invented a type of transparent wood that can absorb and release heat, making it an ideal construction material for energy-efficient buildings. To advance previous work in transparent wood -- created by removing the lignin from Balsa wood and replacing it with an acrylic to provide strength -- the team added polyethylene glycol to the acrylic, which melts under high temperature and hardens as it cools. According to Monetary, 100 grams of this transparent wood material with the polyethylene glycol inside can absorb up to 8,000 joules of heat, which is roughly what a 1W bulb can produce in two hours.

Why it's important: Materials science and biology aren’t just converging in health sciences, but in construction and manufacturing. Produced at scale, this transparent wood could revolutionize energy-efficient architecture. What technology breakthroughs in adjacent industries might solve a challenge in your business?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Claire Adair / Written by Jason Goodwin 

FDA Grants First-Ever Clearances To Detect Bradycardia And Tachycardia On A Personal ECG Device

What it is: AliveCor, the company pioneering portable ECG monitoring with KardiaMobile, announced this week that it has received FDA clearance for the detection of Bradycardia and Tachycardia, two arrhythmias that are not Afib and between 40-50 or 100-140 beats per minute, respectively. As expected, patients often become frustrated when results from their ECG devices deliver “inconclusive” or “undetermined.” While low and high heart rates are often benign — such as during sleep (low) or exercise (high) — delivering a clear classification provides patients and their doctors more insight into their care.

Why it's important: Thanks to advances in sensor technology, machine learning, and the ubiquity of smartphones, we're witnessing an explosion in wearables that deliver health insights outside of the hospital and emergency room. (KardiaMobile retails for $100 online and via Amazon.) As FDA and other regulatory agencies continue to foster trust in the market, look for similar announcements in other conditions.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Just 10% Of U.S. Plastic Gets Recycled, But A New Kind Of Plastic Could Change That

What it is: Achieving a number of difficult design specs, researchers have just developed a plastic with special chemical properties that make it perfect for repetitive recycling. Most notably, the plastic has a chemical bond that allows easy separation from additives and conversion to a pure, reusable end product. A tweaked type of glass-like plastic called vitrimer, the material is held together by dynamic covalent diketoenamine bonds that require significantly less energy to break than those of traditional plastics. Yet while a solution of water and a strong acid at room temperature is all that is needed to break down the plastic into its constituent parts, the plastic is also safe from decomposition ahead of schedule, giving it the edge of biodegradable plastic without risk of easy degradation.

Why it's important: Today, a mere 10 percent of all plastic waste is recycled in the U.S., while the remaining refuse continues to populate waterways and landfills at an accelerating pace. Scientists project that a staggering 8 million metric tons of plastic pollution make their way to oceans each year, enough to place 5 grocery bags of plastic waste on every foot of every nation’s coastline. Current plastics and traditional recycling methods produce precious few materials with any value to commercial manufacturers. However, by chemically redesigning plastics to render their recycled constituent parts as good as new, we might be on the alchemist’s cusp of turning trash to treasure. Could this new material be our long-awaited miracle plastic?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

Waymo Is Building A Self-Driving Car Factory In Detroit

What it is: Alphabet subsidiary Waymo has just announced its selection of a Detroit-based facility to serve as the company’s first dedicated factory for autonomous vehicles. Aiming to move into the facility by mid-year, Waymo will partner with American Axle & Manufacturing to repurpose what was most recently used as a sequencing center for a local parts supplier. Soon to undergo a tremendous upgrade, the factory will next serve as a manufacturing site for SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicles, those driving forward Waymo’s autonomous ride-sharing fleets. Granted approval by Michigan Economic Development Corporation in January, the factory will now be able to build out thousands of self-driving cars under Waymo’s partnership with Magna, including autonomous versions of the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.

Why it's important: Bridging the time gap between Detroit’s vehicle-sprouting heyday and the start of a self-driving era, Waymo’s soon-to-be refitted facility marks a committed first step in the scale-up of autonomous ride-sharing fleets. After the recent launch of Waymo One this past December in the Phoenix area, the limited commercial robotaxi service has already expanded at a remarkable pace, hinting at a paradigm shift in the way consumers view car ownership. And as autonomous ride-sharing launches begin to spread across the country and to urban centers abroad, Waymo will be one of many giving rise to a new age of personal transportation.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

Meet The 5 Winning Prototypes In Phase II Of The $2M GoFly Prize

What it is: GoFly, the $2M+, two-year global competition to create a safe, quiet, and ultra-compact personal flyer, just awarded prizes to five teams across the globe for their winning prototypes in the latest phase of the competition. Through partnerships with Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, and 20 international aerospace organizations, GoFly is reinventing the future of transportation. GoFly’s 3,500 Innovators from 103 countries are creating their jet packs, flying motorcycles, human-carrying drones, and futuristic flyers-- all culminating in next year's Final Fly-Off when the teams gather to showcase their innovations and fly them for the world.

Why it's important: GoFly's Phase II announcement brings us one step closer to making the dream of human flight a reality. With the convergence of breakthrough technologies and recent advances in propulsion, electrics, rapid prototyping, sensors and control systems, and lightweight materials, GoFly’s engineers are leveraging these technologies and GoFly’s mentorship platform to create transformative mobility. When the GoFly Final Fly Off takes place next year, these personal flyers will have the ability to transform the way first responders provide aid in natural disasters, packages are delivered, commuters move from home to office, recreational users fly for fun, and athletes participate in all new flying sports. The Final Fly-Off is a year away, so for those interested in forming a GoFly team, please contact info@goflyprize.com.  Share on Facebook

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14 min read

Abundance Insider: April 19th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 19, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Dedicated self-driving car lanes, 3D printed tiny hearts, and Sweden's electric car-charging roads.

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

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Israeli Scientists 3D-Print A Tiny, Live Heart Made With Human Tissue

What it is: For the first time, an Israeli team led by Professor Tal Dvir successfully 3D-printed a tiny, but beating, heart entirely from human cells. The heart is complete with muscles, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers. The cells used to print the heart came from a donor’s fat tissue, changed into embryonic stem cells, and finally differentiated into the various types of heart tissue used in the printing process. The differentiated cells were loaded into a bioprinter, which took 3 to 4 hours to print the small heart. After several days of incubation with oxygen and other nutrients, the cells in the heart began to beat spontaneously. Future advancements and research could lead to 3D-printing a full-sized heart appropriate for humans.

Why it's important: Using a patient’s own cells to make a heart may resolve the immune-rejection issues that currently cause nearly 40 percent of heart transplants to fail. Organ shortages disappear when we have the ability to 3D-print organs. As self-driving cars, Internet of Things and AI technologies help us live longer, safer, and healthier lives, we'll have fewer donors from car accidents, meaning fewer donated organs to the hundreds of thousands of people on transplantation waiting lists. If we can precision-print organs, will we one day be able to reengineer these evolution-driven devices to be more efficient? Imagine 3D-printed lungs optimized for air intake, or hearts designed to be resistant to heart attacks.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Max Goldberg / Written by Max Goldberg 

China’s Rolling Out Dedicated Highway Lanes For Self-Driving Cars

What it is: According to KPMG, China is currently ranked 20th in the world on its Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index. To step up its game, the country is developing new road infrastructure with dedicated autonomous lanes. Slated to begin operation in 2020, the first stretch will be a 100 km road connecting Beijing with the Xiongan New Area in Hebei province. The road will embed sensors and electronic tolls that aid in the development of autonomous technology and facilitate easy payment for cab-hailing companies that begin to rely on driverless vehicles.

Why it's important: The idea of dedicated autonomous road infrastructure has been floated in U.S. near Foxconn’s new plant in Wisconsin and in Seattle, without action. Dedicated lanes may not be necessary for true autonomy development, but they would help avoid accidents in the short term, and likely accelerate the expansion of a new vehicles and services provider to the market. If successful, this experiment will provide real-world data for city planners who replicate this idea elsewhere.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Claire Adair / Written by Jason Goodwin 

A Prominent Publisher Used Machine Learning To Write A Textbook

What it is: Scientific journal publisher Springer Nature just released the first machine generated textbook by a scholarly publisher. Developed by the Applied Computational Linguistics (ACoLi) lab at Goethe University in Frankfurt, “Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research” is an attempt to distill insights from the vast amount of research in the area. According to Springer, over 53,000 papers on Lithium Ion batteries have been published in just the last three years. While there is an element of human quality control in the training phase, the algorithm condenses and organizes the preapproved, peer-reviewed publications into coherent chapters and sections, giving researchers just 180 pages to review and consider versus 100,000+.

Why it's important: Exponential technologies are converging, their fundamental research is accelerating, and we’re bringing another 4 billion people online in the next few years. Developing tools to remain abreast of research across a wide set of topics is more critical than ever. How can you use this and other machine learning algorithms to spot or spark new ideas?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Max Goldberg / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Device Tests Thousands Of Stem Cells Super Fast

What it is: UChicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering has just developed a “lab-on-a-chip” (LOC) that can study thousands of live stem cells, understanding how each reacts to different molecules and environments. For years, credit card-sized microfluidic devices — composed of tiny chambers, channels and valves — have been used to study reactions in numerous cells. However, while predecessors sported limited chambers and failed to keep cells alive for long-term experimentation, this team’s new microfluidic device has achieved a 15-fold increase (from 100 to 1,500) in the number of automated chambers over existing counterparts, allowing the LOC to perform experiments that would take more than 1 million steps in a traditional lab.

Why it's important: While the tool itself is impressive, its newly enabled experiments have already yielded consequential insights. The researchers even gleaned new rules that determine timing and signaling sequences necessary for stem cell differentiation or renewal, all by examining neural stem cells on the device and analyzing resulting data. With dramatic implications for our understanding of brain development and corresponding treatments, this finding demonstrates just how quickly LOC technology could accelerate stem cell research, unlocking high-throughput experimentation at a fraction of the cost. Yet advanced microfluidic devices are doing more than dematerializing and demonetizing stem cell research; they are now on the cusp of eliminating time, perhaps one of the most stubborn barriers of all.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

Researchers Use Drones To Detect Potholes, Cracks, And Other Road Damage

What it is: A pre-print research paper published to Arxiv.org describes an AI-enabled quadcopter that performs road inspections. The AI system is trained to detect cracks and potholes on city roads. Engineers mounted a stereo camera (a camera with multiple lenses) on a DJI Matrice 100 drone to capture images of the road. These images were then fed through an AI system trained to compare the 3-dimensional depth of real-time images to baseline reference images. The difference between the anticipated baseline and real-time images are plotted on so called ‘disparity’ maps. As seen in the GIF to the left, these systems output a reconstructed surface of the road, and identifies areas of the road that need to be repaired.

Why it's important: Drones are just exiting the Deceptive phase of Peter’s 6 D's and entering into the Disruptive phase, with transformative implications. As this story shows, a skyful of drones complemented by thousands of micro imaging satellites will provide real-time analysis of all aspects of our world, from pothole inspection to city traffic analysis to weather patterns and wildfire detection. How will you and your company leverage the abundance of imaging data that drones and microsatellites are making accessible right now?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Sweden Is Building A Road That Recharges Electric Buses That Drive On It

What it is: Reimagining electric vehicle (EV) charging from the ground up (literally), the Swedish transport administration is now experimenting with electric dynamic charging roads. In a $12.5 million showcasing project, the Smart Road Gotland consortium will pilot a 1-mile stretch of e-road between Sweden’s Gotland Island airport and the town of Visby, capable of charging electric trucks and buses as they run over it. Funded primarily by the Swedish government, the project will leverage a Dynamic Wireless Electrification System developed by Israeli company Electreon, a driving lane-embedded infrastructure that powers vehicle batteries wirelessly.

Why it's important: With the goal of building out 2,000km of additional electric dynamic charging roads, Sweden aims to transform one of the nation’s arterial highways into a heavy transport e-road. In success, Electreon’s and others’ commercialized e-road technology could soon pave the way for not only always-charging vehicles, but electric public transport and even low-emissions long-haul trucking. As noted by Electreon VP of business development Noam Ilan, “[this] is the first time ever that a heavy truck will charge wirelessly from the road.” A burgeoning market with unparalleled potential, electric roads may one day leave no transit industry vertical untouched, and no vehicle uncharged...  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

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11 min read

Revolutionizing Disaster Relief with AI technology: A Tale of Convergence

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 7, 2019

Between 2005 and 2014, natural disasters have claimed the lives of over 700,000 people and resulted in total damage of more than US$1.4 trillion.

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

Abundance Insider: April 5th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 5, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Barista bots, ultrafast phone charging, and disposable delivery drones.

Topics: Abundance Insider Space Robotics AI space exploration Artificial Intellegence Drones Batteries Genetics future of food
14 min read

Abundance Insider: February 22nd, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 22, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: OpenAI’s latest text-generation project, Qualcomm’s continued 5G momentum, and drone augmented law enforcement.

Topics: Abundance Insider AI Artificial Intellegence healthcare Drones 5G Amazon biotech regenerative medicine supply chain qualcomm
14 min read

Abundance Insider: December 21st, 2018

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 21, 2018

 In this week's Abundance Insider: AI-generated portraits, road-legal driverless deliveries, and drone-delivered vaccines.

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

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Kroger-Owned Grocery Store Begins Fully Driverless Deliveries

What it is: Nuro, the autonomous vehicle startup we featured in July, has moved forward on their partnership with grocery giant Kroger to begin delivering groceries from a Fry’s store in Scottsdale, Arizona. Nuro has been developing a fully autonomous and driverless car, but has made over 1,000 deliveries with Toyota Prius vehicles and a safety driver behind the wheel. Founded by two former members of Google’s autonomous vehicle division, Nuro will start with a limited yet commercially viable service using substantially lighter vehicles that top out at 25 miles per hour.

Why it's important: The infrastructure for autonomous vehicles is rapidly democratizing, from AI to sensors and soon 5G connectivity. This enables more companies like Nuro or Otto to enter the space, with many of them targeting very specific needs and niches. Autonomous transportation is becoming an inevitability. What are you doing today to prepare for an autonomous future?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Ingestible Capsule Can Be Controlled Wirelessly

What it is: Researchers from MIT, Draper, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have just published the design of a Bluetooth-controllable ingestible capsule that can live in your stomach for over a month. Previously, this team had designed a folded, six-armed, star-shaped capsule that, once swallowed, could unfold and lodge itself in a patient’s stomach, gradually releasing any number of packaged drugs within the arms’ compartments. After further customization, the 3D-printed capsule can now be built of alternating polymer layers, seamlessly incorporating everything from vital sign-detecting sensors to temperature monitors that relay data directly to a nearby smartphone.

Why it's important: While still a few years away from human testing or medical deployment, these devices hold tremendous potential to disrupt diagnostics, preventive medicine and a centibillion-dollar medical devices market. Capable of customized and gradual drug delivery, ingestible sensor-laden capsules could one day monitor everything from one's breathing rate to early signs of disease or infection in immunosuppressed patients. Connected via Bluetooth, drug-containing capsule compartments could be triggered from your smartphone to release antibiotics on demand. Longer-term, imagine stomach-dwelling capsules that detect and fight off a slew of infections, independent of our intervention.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

NVIDIA Creates A.I. That Generates Realistic Portraits Of Fake People

What it is: This week, artificial intelligence researchers at NVIDIA released a paper and accompanying video describing a major advance in deep learning systems for generating fake portraits of humans and everyday settings and objects. Even with the impressive results of previous systems, researchers still do not understand exactly how they work; as the NVIDIA team puts it, “The generators continue to operate as black boxes.” For example, researchers cannot determine how these systems generate stochastic (naturally random) features, like freckles. This NVIDIA system implements several cutting-edge methods in so called ‘styles.’ Essentially, they partition different parts of the picture into categories based on their level of detail. These methods, in turn, helped the researchers better understand these generative systems, while producing “a highly varied and high-quality dataset of human faces.”

Why it's important: From deepfake presidential videos to these highly detailed fake portraits, 2018 has been a year of breakthrough technology in photorealistic artificial intelligence. This nascent technology is improving at an exponential rate. What are the implications for future elections, entertainment, advertising, and even our personal lives?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

A Child Was Immunized By The World’s First Drone-Delivered Vaccine

What it is: UNICEF, in partnership with the island nation of Vanatu and startups Swoop Aero and WingCopter, successfully delivered the first vaccines by drone to 13 people and five pregnant women earlier this week. Vanatu is comprised of over 80 mountainous islands in the South Pacific with limited roads, making access to healthcare and critical vaccines a major challenge. To maintain temperature control, the vaccines were carried in a styrofoam container filled with ice packs and a data logger to ensure the temperature remained within the acceptable range.

Why it's important: As with last week’s announcement of a Canadian partnership to deliver supplies on Moose Island, this demonstrates the problem-solving power of exponential technologies like drones and sensors when applied in areas where they can make an immediate, tangible impact. Look for more of these opportunities to arise as momentum builds and the cost of implementation declines.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

At Least 15 Central Banks Are Serious About Getting Into Digital Currency

What it is: A report by the International Monetary Fund found that at least 15 central banks around the world are pouring resources into investigating switching over to digital currencies. Notable countries partaking in these efforts include Canada, China, Ecuador, Sweden and Norway.

Why it's important: As Peter described in his Future of Finance blog series, digital currencies are the future of our financial systems. The cryptocurrency craze of 2017 was a part of the hype cycle. After the ‘Trough of Disillusionment’ comes the fruitful ‘Slope of Enlightenment,’ the onset of which is evident from the serious investigations by highly credible world players. Digital currencies powered by high-performance computing and blockchain infrastructure are transformative. What new wealth abundance will these digital currencies bring to the banked and unbanked across the globe?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

VW’s Robo-Cars Get A Boost From Luminar’s Lidar

What it is: Aiming to put fully autonomous vehicles on city roads by 2021, Volkswagen has just announced a major partnership with lidar manufacturer Luminar. Currently running a Munich-based fleet of about 12 E-golfs — each mounted with two Luminar lidars — VW’s Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID) division has been testing how quickly this technology can generate 3D models of a given vehicle’s surroundings. Each lidar uses millions of laser points per second to generate a 120-degree view. With each pulse fired at a 1550-nanometer wavelength, Luminar’s technology can provide high-resolution perception at nearly 250 meters’ distance.

Why it's important: In the global undertaking to build out SAE level 5 automation, resolution and range of perception are two key barriers, and thereby linchpins, for the self-driving vehicle era. Currently, short-range lidar requires VW to constrain its Traffic Jam autopilot software to a 37 mph limit. Without a greater range of view, higher speeds might offer too little time to spot obstacles, pedestrians, or collision risks ahead, and low resolution can result in fatal object misidentification. However, as VW brings Luminar’s lidars on board, amortizing their cost by assembling a robo-car taxi fleet, these barriers are quickly getting kicked to the curb.  Share on Facebook

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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 Insider: December 14th, 2018

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 14, 2018

Topics: Abundance Insider Materials Science health Deepmind google Artificial Intellegence healthcare Drones computation
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Abundance Insider: November 24th, 2018

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 24, 2018

In this week's Abundance Insider: Autonomous house-building bots, Dubai Police hoverbikes, and how DIY'ers are using AI technology.

Topics: Abundance Insider Space 3D Printing Transportation Artificial Intellegence Drones SpaceX biotech CRISPR construction
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Abundance Insider: November 2nd, 2018

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 2, 2018

In this week's Abundance Insider: Mushrooms as a platform, artificial moons, and digital immortality.

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P.P.P.S. This week we feature the work of four of Peter's Strike Force Fellows. The Strike Force Fellowship Program aims to connect & empower young entrepreneurs to find their MTP, take moonshots and leverage exponential technologies as they start their careers. To learn more about the program, and to meet the Fellows, visit this page.

Micro-Drones With Winches Can Open Doors And Lift 40 Times Their Own Weight

What it is: Stanford University researchers have prototyped microdrones with a winch that enables the drones to anchor themselves to surfaces and pull over 40 times their own weight. This article showcases several displays of these drones collaborating to perform complex real-world motor functions, like opening doors. The drones, named FlyCroTugs by their inventors, demonstrate that drones in this micro-class can actively interact with the world. Researchers next plan to incorporate autonomous operation, improve inter-drone collaboration, and test different sets of actuation and adhesion mechanisms.

Why it's important: This research builds on lessons from nature, showing that one or a few micro-drones, weighing no more than two golf balls, are capable of interacting with the world in ways typically reserved for humanoid robots or larger machines (their flying insect counterparts). This series of winch and anchor modifications is a first step towards much more complex micro-drone activity. Peter often discusses how we are rapidly approaching a trillion-sensor world -- next, we might see a trillion-actuator world. What current challenges could a swarm of interactive microdrones solve?  Share on Facebook

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Drive.ai Rolls Out Self-Driving Vehicle Pilot In Texas

What it is: Self-driving car company Drive.ai just launched a public-facing autonomous car service fully open to all of Arlington, Texas. Starting out with three cars, the service is free to use and will connect riders to several popular destinations, including AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys) and Globe Life Park (home of the Texas Rangers). Through this groundbreaking transportation initiative, Drive.ai also seeks to understand and solve ongoing game day traffic problems, which have risen in recent years.

Why it's important: According to Forbes, the self-driving car industry is predicted to occupy a market share of $557 billion by 2026. As companies like Drive.ai gain momentum, the transformative implications of autonomous vehicles will become mainstream: namely, reducing auto accidents, rewriting the insurance industry, and giving commuters more time for work or relaxation.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Ryan Yao / Written by Ryan Yao 

Digital Immortality: How Your Life’s Data Means A Version Of You Could Live Forever

What it is: With his application Augmented Eternity, Hossein Rahnama allows people to create a digital persona that can interact with others on their behalf, even after they pass away. The avatar will be based on the digital footprints a person leaves throughout their lifetime. Augmented Eternity will assess data from multiple sources, including popular social networks and messengers, for emotional context and semantics. The digital avatar can change how it communicates based on a variety of factors (e.g. audience, location or time of day) and formats (e.g. text-based digital chatbot, audio voices like Siri, or 3D animated characters in virtual reality environments).

Why it's important: A major use case for the technology will be the ability to keep someone’s personality alive beyond death. During life, however, a digital avatar could enable us to outsource part of our meetings and social interactions to our digital self. Digital avatars could even be future consultants. As company founder Rahnama points out: “The ability to represent and share expertise can actually contribute to new business models on the internet.” The project also addresses key ethical questions around data science, AI and how to deal with someone’s digital afterlife.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Patrick Gassman / Written by Patrick Gassman 

China to Launch 'Artificial Moon' to Light Up Night Skies

What it is: The Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Company (CASC) has ambitious plans to supplement city streetlights with the launch of an artificial moon over Chengdu, China. Eight times as bright as the Moon, this artificial moon will sport a reflective coating to cast sunlight back to the Earth. It will also be much closer to the Earth at about 310 miles away, compared to the Moon’s distance of 236,000 miles. And while its launch may be costly, the initiative is estimated to save the city around 173 million  USD in annual electricity costs and can even assist first responders during blackouts and natural disasters.

Why it's important: According to a 2016 study published in Science Advances, over 80 percent of the world’s population lives in areas classified as “light-polluted.” In these areas, residents have experienced noticeable perturbations in circadian rhythms, which can be extremely damaging to long-term health. As a less-harmful alternative to traditional street lights, Chengdu’s artificial moon may be able to decrease light pollution while still illuminating a night sky. As the world transitions to renewable resources, similar technologies could also help enhance our energy sources by enabling solar cell charging at night.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Akash Kirpalani / Written by Akash Kirpalani 

Can Mushrooms Be The Platform We Build The Future On?

What it is: After focusing on mushroom-derived sustainable packaging materials for the past decade, Ecovative is now using mushroom mycelium cells to produce newly realistic lab-grown meats. The cells’ hyphae branches are programmable to assemble into complex 3D structures that serve as scaffolding to grow entire animal parts, like chicken wings or fillets — offering an advantage over lab-grown ground meats available today. But this base ingredient has seen various uses. Ecovative formerly used it to produce biodegradable building materials by injecting farm waste products with mushroom spawn and growing the material in a template. And in a win for fashion, the leather bio-fabrication company Bold Threads uses mycelium scaffolding to build cow hide for handbags.

Why it's important: A versatile resource for eco-friendly products, mushrooms could provide sustainable alternatives to building materials, meat, and even clothing. Scientists can now customize structures by controlling the environment, nutrients, and DNA of mycelium cells. And as we more effectively harness the natural molecular assembly abilities of cells in this way, novel applications might even extend to 3D-printing human organs. Mycelium cells have already been found to produce biological structures such as blood vessels, which are difficult to replicate manually, and researchers are increasingly able to manipulate cellular function with technologies like CRISPR. When attempting to solve complex biological problems, solutions may already exist in the intricate codes of nature.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Allison Westley / Written by Allison Westley 

James Patterson’s Next Novel Released On Facebook Messenger

What it is: Launching its first foray into literature, Facebook has partnered with world-renowned author James Patterson to adapt his newest novel The Chef for Facebook Messenger. Released this week on the app, the multimedia book allows readers to interact directly with the story, sending chunks of text, chapter-by-chapter in a Messenger chat, punctuated with videos, sound clips and location data. In the role of a detective, the reader reacts with a knife emoji to continue ‘reading’ and can even interact with the dramatic fiction through live Q&A sessions with Patterson himself, Instagram profiles of main characters, and evidence interspersed among Messenger chat text.

Why it's important: While ebooks and audiobooks have long disrupted traditional ink and paper, the smartphone enables vastly immersive forms of storytelling that will engage readers like never before. Just last week, for instance, Snap announced that it would be debuting a “chat fiction” story in partnership with Hooked. And as multimedia platforms allow you to witness text dialogues in real time, follow protagonists on social media, and even analyze pieces of digital data, authors can now play with timing, fragmented information and orchestrated suspense. Imagine stories within immersive digital worlds, books that are read while still being written, and lengthy story arcs that were never possible with pen and paper.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

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.

Want more conversations like this?

At Abundance 360, Peter's 360-person executive mastermind, we teach the metatrends, implications and unfair advantages for entrepreneurs enabled by breakthroughs like those featured above. We're looking for CEOs and entrepreneurs who want to change the world. The program is highly selective. If you'd like to be considered, apply here

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.

Know someone who would benefit from getting Abundance Insider? Send them to this link to sign up.

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Abundance Insider: August 24th, 2018 Edition

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 24, 2018

In this week's Abundance Insider: Landslide-predicting software, robot casting calls in Hollywood, and another successful drone lifeguard rescue.

Topics: Abundance Insider Robotics Artificial Intellegence Drones