5 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
7 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
6 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
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
12 min read

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
9 min read

Abundance Insider: July 27th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 27, 2019

Topics: Abundance Insider Energy Robotics AI food Artificial Intellegence robots future of food lab grown meat
10 min read

Abundance Insider: July 20th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 21, 2019

Topics: Abundance Insider Energy Robotics AI food Artificial Intellegence robots future of food lab grown meat
9 min read

Abundance Insider: July 12th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 12, 2019

Topics: Abundance Insider Energy Robotics AI food Artificial Intellegence robots future of food lab grown meat
10 min read

Abundance Insider: July 6th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 6, 2019

Topics: Abundance Insider Energy Robotics AI food Artificial Intellegence robots future of food lab grown meat
12 min read

Abundance Insider: June 29th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 29, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Breakthroughs in energy storage, a noninvasive mind-controlled robotic arm, and SpinLaunch’s new way of launching rockets.

Topics: Abundance Insider Energy Robotics AI food Artificial Intellegence robots future of food lab grown meat
15 min read

Abundance Insider: June 21st 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 21, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: New plant-based meat alternatives, Cadillac’s 200,000 miles of hands-free driving, and a spacecraft 3D-printing hub.

Topics: Abundance Insider Energy Robotics AI food Artificial Intellegence robots future of food lab grown meat
15 min read

Abundance Insider: April 12th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 12, 2019

 

In this week's Abundance Insider: Smart sleepwear, herbaceous cyber agriculture, and a new wonder material.

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

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'Smart' Pajamas Could Monitor And Help Improve Sleep

What it is: Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst developed self-powered “smart” pajamas that monitor heart rate, posture and breathing. This highly cross-disciplinary project packs five sensors into a lightweight, unobtrusive form factor. The team tapped into materials scientists to develop the energy-harvesting, self-powering materials and computer scientists to process the abundance of data. The team estimates this technology could make it to the mainstream by 2021 for under $200.

Why it's important: We are in a wearables co-evolution, in which humans are incorporating increasingly powerful wearable technologies into their physical survival, longevity and everyday habits. This booming industry is having a massive impact on the $29 billion sleep industry. From the Oura Ring to smartwatches and sensor-equipped mattresses, we are collecting massive amounts of important sleep data. These smart pajamas could help more robustly collect and analyze full-body sleep behavior. What might you learn about yourself based on your sleep data?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Max Goldberg / Written by Max Goldberg 

Meet Borophene, The Boron-Based 2D Wonder Material That Is A Close Cousin Of Graphene

What it is: Borophene is a single layer of boron atoms that combine to form 2-dimensional lattice structures of varying shapes. Predicted in the early 1990’s but not produced until 2015, its properties are just now being characterized — and the results are impressive. Stronger and more flexible than graphene, borophene is a good conductor of heat and electricity, and can be superconducting. According to Zhi-Qiang Wang at Xiamen University in China, “its conductivity, the material’s high theoretical specific capacities, excellent electronic conductivity and outstanding ion transport properties” make it a great candidate as an anode for Li, Na, and Mg batteries. And because hydrogen atoms stick or adsorb easily to borophene, it also shows potential for hydrogen storage and other water-based energy cycles.

Why it's important: As with graphene, we must discover how to produce borophene at scale. If successful, however, a wide range of applications become possible, ranging from battery storage breakthroughs to new environmental sensors for gases like formaldehyde and ethanol. As more characteristics are defined, keep an eye out for new applications that might benefit your MTP.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Alexa, What's My Blood-Sugar Level?

What it is: Amazon’s Alexa home assistant recently received a major medical update. Now, Alexa devices can securely handle users’ sensitive medical data. The new features include connecting to wireless blood glucose monitors, scheduling doctor’s appointments, and passing on prescriptions and follow-up instructions from your doctor after a visit. With personal data privacy a growing concern, Amazon is aiming to achieve compliance with HIPAA and other federal patient data standards.

Why it's important: Data is 21st century gold, especially in healthcare and longevity. Recognizing the importance of healthcare data, massive tech companies like Apple, Google and Amazon are heavily investing in the industry. Will you entrust Alexa with your personal medical records?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Idaho Power Announces Record-Low Price For Power From Solar Farm

What it is: Idaho Power has secured a 20-year deal to buy power from a 120MW solar farm built by Jackpot Holdings at $21.75 per megawatt-hour (MWh). This brings the price to a mere 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), a record low for solar in the United States. Idaho Power will be able to use its existing transmission lines coming from the North Valmy coal plant in Nevada, set to be retired in 2025. Getting to 2.2 cents per kWh requires using the federal solar Investment Tax Credit, but even without the subsidy, the average should be around 3 cents per kWh, roughly half of the 6 cents per kWh average for utility-grade solar just two years ago.

Why it's important: As Singularity University Energy Chair Ramez Naam notes, in two more doublings, we’ll see solar prices in the Western U.S. cheaper than the fuel price of natural gas plants — without subsidies. Considering the simultaneous phase-out of legacy fossil fuel infrastructure, we are well on pace to achieving abundant, cheap, and clean sources of energy. What new opportunities open up when power costs are no longer a constraint on your investment decisions?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Innolith Energy Technology Brings 1000km EV Within Range

What it is: A key catalyst for electric vehicle (EV) technology, Innolith AG has just announced its work on the first-ever 1,000 Wh/kg rechargeable battery. In success, the Innolith Energy Battery would thereby be able to power an EV for over 1,000 km (or over 620 miles) on a single charge. While current battery technologies typically employ a transition metal oxide cathode and a graphite anode, which both depend on the intercalation of lithium ions, the cathode material restricts the battery’s capacity and energy density. By instead using conversion reaction materials, Innolith AG has developed an innovative cell chemistry mechanism that gives way to cell-level energy densities never before possible.

Why it's important:  Innolith’s novel Energy Battery has unprecedented implications for the future of EVs. By both eliminating reliance on rare and expensive materials, and achieving an unparalleled energy density, Innolith AG will be able to dramatically slash costs of battery technology, driving down barriers for EV popularization. Its use of a non-flammable inorganic electrolyte would also make it the world’s first non-flammable lithium-based battery for EV use — a tremendous feat for enhanced safety. As synthesized by Innolith AG CEO Sergey Buchin, “Consumers want an adequate range on a single charge in an affordable EV, and confidence that it is not going to catch fire.” This breakthrough might be the answer.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

MIT’s ‘Cyber-Agriculture’ Optimizes Basil Flavors

What it is: In a soil-breaking study out of MIT's Media Lab and the University of Texas at Austin, researchers have now used machine learning to optimize artificial climate conditions for a more flavorful basil. Aiming to automate farming, the researchers use cyber-agriculture, or contained agricultural environments, to play with patterns of light, water, nutrients, temperature and other ecological variables, thereby changing the phenotypic expression of plants. Applied to basil, the team’s machine learning model determined that 24/7 exposure to UV lights would increase flavor concentration, and sure enough: after following the model’s “climate recipe,” experimental basil saw doubled flavor-producing molecules, dramatically increasing its tang.

Why it's important: A remarkable application of machine learning and cyber-agriculture, this climate-optimized flavor-bursting basil demonstrates that AI can even be applied to sensory experience and culinary refinement. With the growing need for large-scale, accessible and intelligent food production, vertical, hydroponic and AI-optimized farming methods will become ever more critical for feeding the next billion. And as cyber-agriculture allows us to tune and tweak environmental growth conditions, machine learning can help us optimize everything from plant mass, edible yield, nutrient density, and even flavor.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

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14 min read

Abundance Insider: March 15th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 15, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Noise-cancelling metamaterials, algorithms for early Alzheimer's diagnosis, and CRISPR's convergence with lab-grown meat.

Topics: Abundance Insider Robotics Materials Science Finance food healthcare materials biotech fintech future of food lab grown meat
1 min read

Live Webinar with Peter Diamandis & XPRIZE - Disaster Prediction

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 16, 2018

Today, we all have unprecedented power to make a positive impact on the planet.

Topics: food agriculture XPRIZE poverty
5 min read

My Top 3 Tips for Designing an XPRIZE

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 9, 2018

Let me start with a big congratulations to those of you who have already thrown your hats into the ring for the XPRIZE Visioneering 2018 Design Challenge.

Topics: food agriculture XPRIZE poverty
3 min read

I’m hiring… 4 positions open

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 17, 2018

I am on a global search to find four key hires to join my personal team.

  1. A new Strike Force Member
  2. Head of Global Community
  3. Head of Sponsorship & Sales 
  4. Full Stack Hacker/Developer

If any of these positions interest you, or you know someone who is amazing and wants to join my personal team, send them the links below.

The Strike Force is my Entrepreneur-In-Residence program where you will work alongside me as my business strategist, developing new initiatives and problem-solving across my various ventures. You fly with me around the world, attend my board meetings, and play a critical role in my decision making across my business ventures.

My previous Strike Force members have been cognitive neuroscientists, rockstar roboticists, venture capitalists and have worked at companies like Google and Tesla. In success, I will personally back you to start your own company!  Interested?  Go HERE.

Head of Global Community:  I’m working on building a million+ person global community of Abundance-minded individuals. Have you ever scaled a community >100,000? Are you a social media Rockstar?  Do you want to help incentivize people to change the world? If yes, then learn more and apply HERE.

Head of Sponsorship & Sales: Probably the most important training ground for becoming a successful entrepreneur is SALES. Success here requires the ability to understand the value proposition and communicate it in an impactful fashion. If any superpower has made me successful, it is my ability to authentically, passionately and fearlessly sell a vision. If you are a naturally born salesperson, and are the best of the best, come join me! Learn more and apply HERE.

Full Stack Hacker/Developer: We’re looking for a generalist developer who can be our in-house hacker, optimizing technology used across the Abundance Group business units. Initially, you will directly oversee the Abundance Digital iOS app and the membership portals used for Abundance 360 and Abundance Digital. You’ll also play a pivotal role in supporting new business units deployed from Summer 2018 on. Learn more and apply HERE

Click on any of these links, and you’ll learn more about each of the position, roles and responsibilities and how to apply.

In success, you'll be working alongside tremendous company. My organization, the Abundance Group, is filled with an extraordinary group of rockstars. They are amazing and make life a joy. 

Best,
Peter

Topics: food
9 min read

Tech - Future of Food

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 14, 2018

From a first-principles perspective, the task of feeding 8 billion people boils down to converting energy from the sun into chemical energy in our bodies.

Traditionally, solar energy is converted by photosynthesis into carbohydrates in plants (i.e. biomass), which is either eaten by the vegans amongst us, or fed to animals, for those who with a carnivorous preference.

Today the process of feeding humanity is extremely inefficient.

If we could radically reinvent what we eat, and how we create that food, what might you imagine that “future of food” would look like?

In this blog we’ll cover:

  1. Vertical farms
  2. CRISPR engineered foods
  3. The alt-protein revolution
  4. Farmer 3.0

Let’s dive in.

Vertical Farming

Where we grow our food…

The average American meal travels over 1,500 miles from farm to table. Wine from France, beef from Texas, potatoes from Idaho, etc.

As a result, nearly half the cost of today’s meals is the travel cost.

Imagine instead, growing all of your food, in a 50-story tall vertical farm in down-town LA, or off-shore on the Great Lakes where the travel distance is no longer 1,500 miles, but 50 miles.  

Delocalized farming will minimize travel costs at the same time that it maximizes freshness.

Perhaps more importantly, vertical farming also allows tomorrow’s farmer the ability to control the exact conditions 24x7 of her plants.  

Rather than allowing the vagaries of the weather and soil conditions to dictate crop quality and yield, we can now perfectly control the growing cycle.

LED lighting provides the crops with the maximum amount of light, at the perfect frequency, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

At the same time, sensors and robots provide the root system the exact pH and micronutrients required, while fine-tuning the temperature of the farm.

Such precision farming can generate yields that are 200% to 400% above normal.

Next let’s explore how we can precision-engineer the genetic properties of the plant itself.

CRISPR & Genetically Engineered Foods

What food do we grow?

A fundamental shift is occurring in our relationship with agriculture. We are going from evolution by natural selection (Darwinism) to evolution by human direction.

CRISPR (the cutting edge gene editing tool) is providing a pathway for plant breeding that is more predictable, faster and less expensive than traditional breeding methods.

Rather than our crops being subject to nature’s random, environmental whim, CRISPR unlocks our capability to modify our crops to match the available environment.

Further, using CRISPR we will be able to optimize the nutrient density of our crops, enhancing their value and volume.

CRISPR may also hold the key to eliminating common allergens from crops. As we identify the allergen gene in peanuts, for instance, we can use CRISPR to silence that gene, making the crops we raise safer for and more accessible to a rapidly growing population.

Yet another application is our ability to make plants resistant to infection, or more resistant to drought or cold.

Helping to accelerate the impact of CRISPR, the USDA recently announced that genetically engineered crops will not be regulated -- providing an opening for entrepreneurs to capitalize on the opportunities for optimization CRISPR enables.

CRISPR applications in agriculture are an opportunity to help a billion people and become a billionaire in the process.

Protecting crops against volatile environments, combating crop diseases and increasing nutrient values, CRISPR is a promising tool to help feed the world’s rising population.

The Alt-Protein/Lab-Grown Meat Revolution

Fully 33% of the Earth’s non-ice landmass is used for raising livestock -- a massive amount of land -- and global demand for meat is predicted to double in the coming decade.

Today, we must grow an entire cow -- all bones, skin and internals included -- to produce a steak.

Imagine instead, if we could start with a single muscle stem cell and only grow the steak, without needing the rest of the cow?  Think of it as cellular agriculture.

Imagine returning millions, perhaps billions of acres of grazing land back to the wilderness?  This is the promise of Lab Grown Meets.

Lab-grown meat can also be engineered (using technology like CRISPR) to be packed with nutrients, and be the healthiest, most delicious protein possible.

We’re watching this technology develop in real time. Several startups across the globe are already working to bring artificial meats to the food industry.

JUST, Inc. (previously Hampton Creek) run by my friend Josh Tetrick, has been on a mission to build a food system where everyone can get and afford delicious, nutritious food.  They started by exploring 300,000+ species of plants all around the world to see how they can make food better, and now are investing heavily in stem-cell grown meats.

Backed by Richard Branson and Bill Gates, Memphis Meats is working on ways to produce real meat from animal cells, rather than whole animals. So far, they have produced beef, chicken and duck using cultured cells from living animals.

As with vertical farming, transitioning production of our majority protein source to a carefully cultivated environment allows for agriculture to optimize inputs (water, soil, energy, land footprint), nutrients and, importantly, taste.

Farmer 3.0

Vertical farming and cellular agriculture are reinventing how we think about our food supply chain and what food we produce.

The next question to answer is who will be producing the food?

Let’s look back at how farming evolved through history.

Farmers 0.0 (Around 9000 BCE, Neolithic Revolution): The hunter-gatherer to agriculture transition gains momentum, and man cultivated the ability to domesticate plants for food production.

Farmers 1.0 (until circa 19th century): Farmers spent all day in the field performing backbreaking labor, and agriculture made up 82 percent of U.S. jobs.

Farmers 2.0 (mid 20th century, Green Revolution): From the invention of the first farm tractor in 1812 through today, transformative mechanical biochemical technologies (fertilizer) boosted yields and made the job of farming easier, driving the U.S. farm job rate down to less than 2 percent today.

Farmers 3.0: In the near future, farmers will leverage exponential technologies (e.g. AI, networks, sensors, robotics, drones), CRISPR and genetic engineering, and new business models to solve the world’s greatest food challenges and efficiently feed the 8-billion-plus people on Earth.

An important driver of the Farmer 3.0 evolution is the delocalization of agriculture driven by vertical and urban farms. Vertical farms and urban agriculture are empowering a new breed of agriculture entrepreneurs.

Let’s take a look at an innovative incubator in Brooklyn, New York called Square Roots.

Ten farm-in-a-shipping-containers in a Brooklyn parking lot represent the first Square Roots campus. Each 8 ft x 8.5 ft x 20 ft shipping container contains an equivalent of 2 acres of produce and can yield more than 50 lbs of produce each week.

For 13 months, one cohort of next-generation food entrepreneurs takes part in a curriculum with foundations in farming, business, community and leadership.

The urban farming incubator raised a $5.4 million seed funding round in August 2017.

Training a new breed of entrepreneurs to apply exponential technology to growing food is essential to the future of farming.

One of our MTP’s at the Abundance Group is to empower entrepreneurs to generate extraordinary wealth while creating a world of abundance. Vertical farms and cellular agriculture are key elements enabling the next generation of food and agriculture entrepreneurs.

Conclusion

Technology is driving food abundance.

We’re already seeing food become demonetized, as the graph below shows.

From 1960 to 2014, the percent of income spent on food in the U.S. fell from 19 percent to under 10 percent of total disposable income -- a dramatic decrease over the 40 percent of household income spent on food in 1900.

(Graph depicts the dropping percent of per-capita disposable income spent on food. Source: USDA, Economic Research Service, Food Expenditure Series)

Ultimately, technology has enabled a massive variety of food, at a significantly reduced cost, and with fewer resources used for production.

We’re increasingly going to optimize and fortify the food supply chain to achieve more reliable, predictable, and nutritious ways to obtain basic sustenance.

And that means a world with abundant, nutritious and inexpensive food for every man, woman and child.

What an extraordinary time to be alive.  

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Topics: food