7 min read

The Future of Advertising

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 10, 2020

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

Topics: Entrepreneurship google advertising the Internet JARVIS social media
6 min read

quantum supremacy.... NOW WHAT?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 7, 2019

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

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

Abundance Insider: October 28th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 28, 2019

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

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New gene editing technology could correct 89% of genetic defects.

What it is: Researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have now developed a new gene-editing technique called “prime editing.” Built upon the foundations of CRISPR technology, prime editing has the expected potential to correct up to 89 percent of genetic defects, including those responsible for diseases like sickle cell anemia. By combining the traditional CRISPR-Cas9 approach with a protein that can generate new DNA, prime editing can thereby both snip DNA strands and transfer edited sequences to target DNA, allowing scientists to delete and replace whole sections of DNA strands.

Why it’s important: Single point gene mutations constitute roughly two-thirds of known human genetic variants associated with disease. As a result, effective gene editing techniques—once perfected—could correct mutations and wipe out a number of debilitating conditions. As explained by one of the authors of the study, Andrew Anzalone, “The versatility of prime editing quickly became apparent as we developed this technology [...] The fact that we could directly copy new genetic information into a target site was a revelation.” Now refining the new prime editing technique, Broad Institute’s scientists hope future iterations of CRISPR could target everything from obesity to Alzheimer’s to some of today’s most vexing genetic maladies. |Share on Facebook.

NASA's collaborating with Caterpillar on Moon mining machines.

What it is: NASA has recently teamed up with autonomous construction vehicle manufacturer Caterpillar to develop machines for excavating and mining the Moon. The two have long collaborated on robotics projects, but it is the autonomous capabilities of Caterpillar’s vehicles that make the company uniquely positioned to develop technology for NASA's lunar exploration programs. According to NASA spokesperson Clare Skelly, “there are many synergies between what NASA needs to meet exploration goals and Caterpillar technologies used here on Earth.”

Why it’s important: On the heels of revived interest in lunar exploration and the goal of establishing a lunar base, NASA has been heavily pursuing methods to make tasks easier for astronauts. Given multiple hazards associated with navigating the lunar surface, semi-autonomous vehicles could minimize dangerous construction work done conducted directly by astronauts. Once validated and fully autonomous, Moon-mining machines might one day provide a continuous supply of raw materials, from dust to water, for NASA’s proposed lunar outpost. | Share on Facebook.

Tesla’s new Solar Roof costs less than a new roof plus solar panels, aims for install rate of 1K per week.

What it is: Tesla has just launched its third-generation Solar Roof for residential home use. Planning to start installations in the coming month, the company is now aiming for a production rate of up to 1,000 new roofs per week. Long a work in progress, Tesla’s Solar Roof is designed to double as both an aesthetically appealing roof tile and set of home power-generating solar panels with high surface area coverage. While the installation process remains “very non-trivial,” according to Elon Musk, Tesla hopes to gamify consumer installation learning through ‘installathons’ and is investing in R&D to lower this critical barrier.

Why it’s important: Although individual tiles’ power-gathering cells are still less energy-efficient than traditional solar cells, version three of the Solar Roof well exceeds the energy-generating capacity of similarly sized roofs retrofitted with traditional tiles, on balance. Furthermore, V3 marks a tremendous improvement over previous iterations of the Solar Roof, and Musk forecasts a total addressable market of up to 100 million households globally. As installation procedures plummet in complexity and cost, and solar continues to demonetize, self-sustaining and energy-efficient residences could fast become the norm worldwide.

Google Confirms Achieving Quantum Supremacy.

What it is: Google’s quantum computer, Sycamore, has just claimed “quantum supremacy” after completing a computation that would normally take 10,000 years on the most powerful supercomputers, in just 200 seconds. Led by experimental physicist John Martinis at UC Santa Barbara, the Google team published its feat in Nature magazine this week. Instead of traditional semiconductor computers, which store data in 1s or 0s, quantum bits (qubits) can exist in a third superposition state of both 0 and 1 simultaneously. With more degrees of bit variability, quantum computers can thereby perform exponentially more calculations per second than traditional computers. Quantum entanglement, described by Einstein as “spooky action at a distance,” then allows computers to measure entangled qbits at the same time. As Google’s Sycamore contains 54 qbits capable of storing over 10 quadrillion combinations of values, the tech giant now boasts the potential to tackle computational problems inconceivable in the past.

Why it’s important: While real-world applications of quantum computing may lie further on the horizon, Sycamore’s scientific achievement is a tremendous milestone for the many companies investing in this space already. In just the last two years, about US$400 million has been channeled towards private quantum-related firms—doubling investment figures of the past five years. Intel and IBM have demonstrated processors similar in scale to that of Sycamore, yet error-checking remains an issue for all three. Moving forward, Google aims to implement full error-checking once it can create processors with at least a million qubits. Currently, however, a second Google team is exploring how Sycamore-like computers can develop machine learning algorithms that generate realistic images. Meanwhile, competitor IBM offers quantum cloud access to partners such as drugmaker Merck. Even Airbus Ventures has invested in quantum startup IonQ, which may eventually aid in aircraft physics simulations. Spanning countless applications, the long-term vision of early investors in quantum computing will pay off sooner than you might think. |Share on Facebook.

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14 min read

Abundance Insider: May 24th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on May 25, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Tiny robotic bees, lung cancer-detecting AIs, and a new synthetic biology milestone.

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

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Penny-Sized Robotic Bee Is The Most Sci-Fi Thing You'll See All Week

What it is: Harvard’s RoboBee — one of the smallest flying robots ever built — has just gotten a major upgrade. Thanks to the engineering exploits of a research team at the University of Southern California (USC), a new and improved Bee Plus now weighs in at just 95 milligrams and barely straddles the diameter of a penny. Its biggest achievement, however, involves the bee’s actuators and doubled wing count. Using an actuator design called a unimorph, the USC team was able to successfully halve the weight of those actuators used in the Harvard RoboBee precursor. This in turn allowed them to install four (as opposed to two) wings, each with a span of 33 millimeters. Rendering much smoother flight, its wings now allow Bee Plus to perch, land, swim, pursue a path, and even avoid obstacles.

Why it's important: While Bee Plus and similar robo-insect prototypes are still restricted by a power-supplying tether, as on-board energy storage remains a significant engineering obstacle, USC’s team has already begun to tackle it. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the team is now working on an approach that involves catalytic artificial muscles. Long-term, future descendants of the Bee Plus might one day artificially pollinate flowers, conduct search and rescue missions, or even monitor climate conditions in huge swarms. Farther afield, Professor Perez-Arancibia even imagines a future in which “our robots [fly] on Mars and Titan,” becoming “ant-inspired colonies of explorers.” What eventualities can you envision once these air-faring bots spread their wings?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

Google’s Lung Cancer Detection AI Outperforms 6 Human Radiologists

What it is: In partnership with Northwestern Medicine, Google researchers created an AI system that detects lung cancer from CT scans better than well-trained humans. Engineers trained the deep learning model using 42,000 CT scans from 15,000 patients taken during a 2002 NIH study. Compared to six expert radiologists, when analyzing these CT scans, the deep learning model proved to detect cancer 5 percent more often, with an 11 percent reduction in false positives.

Why it's important: While the human eye is limited to the visible spectra and feature sizes on images, AI systems can take a pixel-by-pixel approach to data analysis. Also note Google’s deployment of old NIH data: we don't need access to advanced AI systems right now to start preparing for their arrival. What data are you generating right now that you could proactively collect to help fuel future AI initiatives?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Scientists Created Bacteria With a Synthetic Genome. Is This Artificial Life?

What it is: In an effort to understand how genes encode proteins and fundamentally create life, a team led by Jason Chin at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Britain has rewritten the DNA of the bacteria Escherichia coli to create an synthetic genome 4x larger than anything previously created. Part of what Chin wanted to explore was how genes encode for amino acids and how genetic redundancy works: six snippets of DNA encode for serine, for example. To find out why, the team treated the genome like a text file, finding and replacing codons and reducing the total variation to just four. That new synthetic genome was inserted into a cell, and surprisingly, the synthetic version remained alive.

Why it's important: As we digitize biology, we're uncovering new truths about genomics. This may lead to organisms that produce novel medicines or other valuable molecules as living factories.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

SpaceX Launches 60 Prototypes Of Its Starlink Satellites Into Orbit

What it is: On Thursday night, SpaceX successfully deployed 60 prototype satellites for its Starlink constellation. Starlink is a large-scale development effort by SpaceX to develop a low-cost satellite and accompanying ground stations (to receive signals from the satellites), with the goal of establishing a new space-based global internet communication network. Last year, SpaceX received approval from the US FCC to fully deploy 12,000 Starlink Satellites over the next decade. The company expects development, manufacturing, and deployment to cost over $10 billion in that time span.

Why it's important: Starlink’s prototype deployment is a small step for its connectivity business, but a giant leap for humanity toward communications abundance. As Peter often says, if you want to make a billion dollars, discover a way to help a billion people. By turning our species into a hyper-connected organism, Elon Musk and SpaceX will help billions of people come online and participate in the global economy. In the process, they will generate significant revenue (estimates place Starlink revenue at over $30 billion per year once deployed) to further fund Musk’s vision for colonizing the solar system.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Experimental Brain-Controlled Hearing Aid Decodes, Identifies Who You Want To Hear

What it is: Even in the noisiest environments, our brains can pick out an individual voice and amplify it over others. Yet some of the most advanced hearing aids still struggle to achieve this brain hack, instead amplifying all voices at once. Columbia engineers might now have a solution. Building on a previous discovery that in a two-person conversation, the speaker’s brain waves begin to resemble those of the listener, researchers first leveraged neural networks to create an algorithm that separates out individual voices (from a group). Once separated, these inputted voices are then individually compared to the listener’s brain waves (monitored via implanted electrodes). Lastly, any speaker whose voice pattern most closely resembles the listener’s brain waves is amplified over all others.

Why it's important: A remarkable win for deep learning and brain-imitating mathematical models, this system might soon render a universally decoding mechanism, no longer constrained to pretrained voices or a cacophony of many. As explained by senior author Dr. Mesgarani, “By creating a device that harnesses the power of the brain itself, we hope our work will lead to technological improvements that enable the hundreds of millions of hearing-impaired people worldwide to communicate just as easily as their friends and family do." With promising test results, the team now aims to transform their prototype into a noninvasive device and grant true versatility to hearing-impaired individuals in any environment.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

Advancing AI By Teaching Robots To Learn

What it is: Facebook AI is experimenting with robotics to push the limits of what AI can accomplish. Facebook and teams from UC Berkeley and NYU are working on systems that are learning to walk on their own and to learn from touch to manipulate objects effectively. At the heart of all of these approaches is a model driven by a curiosity reward function that seeks to learn by reducing uncertainly in the immediate environment.

Why it's important: Facebook’s idea is that by developing self-supervising systems that interact with the real world -- where the data is noiser and conditions more uncertain than cleanly labeled data sets — we will be able to develop more robust robotics as well as AI systems that can generalize across modalities and learn more efficiently.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

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10 min read

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.

Cheers,
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 

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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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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.

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12 min read

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
14 min read

Abundance Insider: December 7th, 2018

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 7, 2018

In this week's Abundance Insider: Depression-detecting smartphone algorithms, live Skype subtitles, and the first AI colony on Earth.

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

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14 min read

Abundance Insider: November 30th, 2018

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 30, 2018

In this week's Abundance Insider: InSight touches down, Rocket Labs lifts off, and storybooks come to life.

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

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P.P.P.S. This week we feature the work of three 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.

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5 min read

Goodbye Advertising, Hello Jarvis

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 8, 2018

This year (2018), the global advertising industry is projected to surpass $550 billion.

Topics: google Artificial Intellegence IoT advertising facebook
12 min read

Abundance Insider: June 22, 2018 Edition

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 22, 2018

In this week's Abundance Insider: Gene therapy for spinal cord injuries, cornea-repairing eyedrops, and a community currency launch in Kenya.

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

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New Gene Therapy Could Stitch Together Damaged Spinal Cords

What it is: In new research published just last week, a novel gene therapy involving regulated delivery of the protein chondroitinase has restored limb movement to rats paralyzed by spinal cord injury. In just a couple weeks, the gene therapy was able to break down scar tissue responsible for blocking spinal nerve cells from communicating with each other and the muscles they control. Paralyzed rats receiving the treatment were subsequently able to walk, climb ladders and relearn complex hand movements. While there is no guarantee that the gene therapy would work on humans, its ability to restore movement after total paralysis in a matter of weeks is a remarkable leap worth following.

Why it's important: Currently, there is no way to reverse the damage wrought by spinal cord injuries -- a major priority for medical researchers. If such a gene therapy could restore nerve cell growth and motor functions in humans, the implications would be staggering. By reversing nerve damage itself, a therapy of this kind -- geared with an antibiotic on/off switch for regulated delivery -- would grant individuals a remarkable measure of newfound independence and increased quality of life, particularly in the area of complex hand movements.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

New Eyedrops Could Repair Corneas, Make Glasses Unneccessary

What it is: Dr. David Smadja, an ophthalmologist at A Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jeruselum has developed a technique and nanodrops that could eliminate the need for prescription glasses entirely. The process uses a smartphone to scan a patient's cornea and laser etching an optical pattern onto the cornea, to be filled by the nanodrops. So far it has been successful in correcting mild near and far-sightedness in pigs, with human trials expected later this year. While the process may need to be completed every two months, the procedure itself could be performed at home, and is less invasive than LASIK.

Why it's important: We're seeing an explosion in options to treat vision impairment. Is it time to begin thinking about augmenting visual performance and a disruption in traditional eyewear?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Morgan McDermott / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Bancor Launches Blockchain Platform in Kenya to Enable Community Currencies

What it is: Partnering with nonprofit foundation Grassroots Economics, cryptocurrency platform Bancor announced that it will be launching a new blockchain platform in Kenya to enable 'community currencies.' With the goal of alleviating poverty, community currencies are an alternative financial system used to stimulate the creation and purchase of goods and services within local and regional economies. By enabling Kenyan communities to create and manage their own digital tokens, Bancor aims to boost local commerce and peer-to-peer collaboration. As new tokens will be tradable using fiat or crypto on Bancor’s platform, Bancor will additionally allow outsiders to purchase tokens in order to support community development from afar, helping generate value locally.

Why it's important: According to the World Bank’s 2017 Global Findex Database, about 1.7 billion adults globally remain unbanked -- lacking an account with either a financial institution or mobile money provider. This reality leaves many economically disempowered, without savings, credit or financial resilience. Blockchain-enabled community token platforms have the potential to fortify a more equitable trade environment, enabling basic income, food security and improved regional trade. With Bancor’s Kenyan government-backed community currency platform, not only will local markets be permitted to thrive, but they will also become increasingly connected to global trade.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

Ford Aims to Revive a Detroit Train Station, and Itself

What it is: Ford recently announced its plans to open a hub for self-driving car innovation in the heart of Detroit, starting with the reinvention of a long-abandoned train station. Ford is investing heavily in the Detroit area, and hopes that this centerpiece campus will attract top talent and reinvigorate the local economy.

Why it's important: As exponential technologies are reaching their inflection points, new hubs -- akin to Silicon Valley for each of these technologies -- are starting to pop up. We're seeing aerospace thrive in Seattle and Los Angeles, and a massive software migration to Austin. Does this move by Ford signal the beginning of an ‘Autonomous Valley’ for self-driving car development in Detroit? As Peter discussed in a recent blog with Phillip Rosedale, the ecosystem, community, and open forum for collaboration are as important as the technology itself. Ecosystem building is frequently overlooked. If someone gave you $250 million to transform your city into an ecosystem for a certain exponential technology, how would you deploy that capital, and which tech would you target?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Claire Adair / Written by Max Goldberg 

DeepMind AI Learns to Reconstruct Scenes From Images

What it is: Google's DeepMind computer vision artificial intelligence showed that it can generate an accurate three-dimensional map or graphic from a set of two-dimensional images. DeepMind is the same Google subsidiary that developed AlphaGo Zero last year. To achieve this milestone in AI, the DeepMind team trained a Generation Query Neural Network with millions of standalone images. After training, the generative network could predict what the environment would look like from views that it hadn't previously seen.

Why it's important: One massive application set that jumps to mind for this technology is the ability for autonomous vehicles and drones to map and function in previously unexplored environments. However, this computer vision AI demonstration took place in a relatively simple, virtual environment -- scaling to real-world application is infinitely more difficult. Still, this development is extremely exciting, as it moves the AI from merely learning about the space around it, to understanding the space in which it exists.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

WeWork is Hiring, Mentoring & Training 1,500 Refugees

What it is: Building on a successful pilot partnership with the International Rescue Committee in 2017, WeWork has committed to hiring and investing in the success of 1,500 refugees over the next five years. To date, the company has hired 150 refugees from over 25 countries in 10 cities in the U.K. and the U.S., with plans to expand to Brazil and Colombia to meet the needs of workers fleeing Venezuela. Retention rates are over 80 percent, and while initial roles start out on the "community" team in office spaces, WeWork is also investing in employees' growth potential with mentors and training in areas like programming and English.

Why it's important: Politics aside, this is a great example of how businesses can step up to address sociopolitical issues and create impact at a multigenerational level. As linear systems clash with exponential technologies and business models, how else can private enterprise preserve global stability and pursue competitive advantages?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

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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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

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