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20 Metatrends for the Roaring 20s

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 5, 2020

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

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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.

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Lenovo pilots VR as an alternative to general anesthesia for kids.

What it is: As doctors realize the immense potential of VR in medical training, practitioners are now exploring equally profound medical applications of VR, namely its use for distraction of patients during surgical procedures. In partnership with the Starlight Children’s Foundation and (mobile device management provider) SOTI, Lenovo is now testing VR headsets as an alternative to general anesthetics for kids. Using largely off-the-shelf headgear and software—Lenovo Mirage Solo headsets and games curated by Starlight—participating hospitals, such as Children’s Hospital Colorado, have already seen impressive results. Whether in alleviating panic, pain, or similar side effects, the VR distraction aid has proved successful in everything from lumbar punctures and dressing of damaged limbs to endoscopies when combined with a local anesthetic.

Why it’s important: While virtual reality’s use cases in entertainment and even education are fairly obvious, a slew of niche applications across medicine are only now beginning to surface. Particularly as VR grows ever more hyper-realistic, thanks to surging bandwidth and resolution, resulting virtual experience products will soon be capable of addressing immersive distraction (in medical and other contexts) and even potentially long-term pain relief in adults.

Lab-grown meat gains muscle as it moves from petri dish to dinner plate.

What it is: A Harvard research team has now created lab-grown rabbit and cow muscle cells that resemble the texture and consistency of their animal counterparts. By applying regenerative medicine to food, the team at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) created an edible gelatin scaffold that could transform the scalability of lab-grown meat. Animal meat is primarily composed of skeletal muscle fibers that must adhere to a structure to grow. The team decided to create this structure out of gelatin using immersion Rotary Jet-Spinning (iRJS), which uses centrifugal force to spin long nanofibers of specific shapes and sizes. The gelatin fibers resemble the extracellular matrix and promote muscle cell growth. Eventually, the team hopes to design meats with defined textures, tastes, and nutritional profiles— all at an affordable price.

Why it’s important: Livestock contributes 14.5% of total greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Yet the global market for meat is worth upwards of US$1.8 trillion. One third of human-consumed calories come from meat products, and the average American today eats 220 pounds of red meat and poultry each year (up from 167 pounds in 1990). To curb the detrimental environmental damage associated with these consumption habits, we need an alternative that tastes just as good. While many lab-grown meat companies have mastered texture, issues of price and scale still hinder widespread adoption of their products. The SEAS team’s gelatin scaffold technology could solve both challenges, as it allows muscle cells to quickly grow and can be ingested alongside meat. Now increasingly price-competitive, numerous lab-grown products, like Clara’s egg substitute and Memphis Meats’ meatballs, will soon begin to undercut plant-based products on the market today. But beyond economics, a host of new food tech advancements are allowing us to customize nutritional content, flavor profiles, and texture.

Bill Gates-backed solar startup announces major breakthrough.

What it is: Bill Gates-backed startup Heliogen recently unveiled its solar concentration technology, one expected to “commercially replace fuels with carbon-free, ultra-high temperature heat from the sun.” Founder Bill Gross (who also founded Idealab) has been working on the company in his very own incubator, alongside numerous other clean energy startups. The first of its kind, Heliogen’s system consists of a computer vision software that coordinates a large array of mirrors to reflect sunlight at a single target, which can then supply up to 1,000 degrees C of heat. This extreme amount of heat is necessary for industrial processes like those used to make cement, steel, and other materials, the production of which contributes to one-fifth of global fossil fuel emissions, according to Bill Gates. If companies purchase Heliogen’s system outright, however, Gross claims the technology could pay for itself within 2-3 years, reducing firms’ fossil fuel emissions by up to 60%.

Why it’s important: Electricity accounts for less than a quarter of global energy demand. Heliogen’s technology addresses a large chunk of the remaining 75% by providing an alternative energy supply for large industrial needs. Sunshine is a free commodity, and this simple fact offers a tremendous economic incentive for businesses to invest in effective concentrated solar power. Although our individual daily energy decisions impact the environment, large corporations can stand to both gain from and contribute to the shared pursuit of a zero-emissions future. While most heavy industry players rely solely on fossil fuels to achieve high temperatures, systems like that of Heliogen could provide long-term energy alternatives, capitalizing on an essentially free asset: the Sun.

Playing Hide-and-Seek, Machines Invent New Tools.

What it is: Programming researchers at OpenAI recently taught a group of AI bots to play hide-and-seek, unleashing them in teams of up to three agents on hundreds of millions of back-to-back games. While the AI hiders and seekers began with a clean slate and no play instructions, they soon learned to chase and hide, build fortifications (at about the 25 million-game mark), and even uncover unexpected uses of unusual tools. Engaged in a cat-and-mouse battle, OpenAI’s bots gradually learned increasingly complex attack and defense strategies. After nearly 390 million games, for instance, seeker bots learned to use virtual boxes to “surf” around the arena and gain visibility— a strategy quickly stymied by hiders, which learned to lock these boxes and prevent surfing after about 458 million games.

Why it’s important: The rapid progression of OpenAI bots’ game-playing strategies over millions of iterations, yielding advantageous traits, has been likened by some to the evolution of human intelligence. Yet more importantly, OpenAI’s algorithms demonstrated the remarkable ability to identify creative uses for undefined tools, paving the way for AIs that might soon solve far more complex strategy-related problems in unstructured contexts. According to Danny Lange, VP of AI at Unity Technologies (a game engine company), “There’s nothing here that prevents this from [...] going on a path where tool usage gets more and more complex.” Such complex tool usage (a hallmark of human intelligence) appears to be further spurred on by AI game play, as competitive environments prompt algorithms to learn from and circumvent their own mistakes over time.

Quantum computers learn to mark their own work.

What it is: Researchers at the University of Warwick have now devised a method to check answers output by a quantum computer. By using problems for which answers are already known, the team is able to quantify the effect of noise within the computer, creating two percentage metrics for determining accuracy. The first metric is an estimate of how close the quantum computer’s answer is to the real answer, while the second is a confidence score of that closeness. In this way, quantum computer engineers can further refine the machines, identifying sources of error and paving the way for future applications.

Why it’s important: By definition, quantum computers are designed for problems that would take classical computers an exponential amount of time to solve. Thus, in the past, researchers required exorbitant classical computing resources to error-check their answers—a task that quickly becomes infeasible in the case of applications designed for quantum computers. Yet with the researchers’ newly developed protocol, quantum computing systems can check themselves, independent of large servers, and thereby provide far more utility.

South Australia household batteries keeps lights on in Queensland after coal unit fails.

Story contributed by Tom Connor.

What it is: Last month, after a large power plant suddenly went offline in Queensland, Australia, an unlikely renewable contender came to the rescue. A distributed solar and battery project, the South Australia Virtual Power Plant (VPP)—led by US Battery and Tesla—aggregates stored solar resources from hundreds of homes with rooftop photovoltaic power stations (or rooftop PV). On October 9th, when the coal-fired Kogan Creek power station in Queensland tripped, reducing supply by 784 MW and putting the grid at risk, the VPP had a chance to prove its utility. Detecting the drop in frequency, the VPP immediately injected power from its 900+ systems back into the grid, helping to stabilize the system.

Why it’s important: Kogan Creek is the largest single power plant in Australia, so a distributed renewable energy network’s ability to immediately step in has drawn significant praise throughout the country and beyond. Today, energy storage is a key limiting reagent in our efforts to popularize renewable sources, critical to buffering the variability of solar and wind. Demonstrated successes in distributed storage at grid scale could thereby have a considerable impact on widespread adoption of solar and microgrid technologies, particularly in the case of residential rooftop solar PV systems.

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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.

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Japan is reinventing Fukushima as a renewable energy hub.

What it is: Japan is now working to revamp the Fukushima nuclear meltdown zone to once again produce electricity, but this time using solar and wind power. Thanks to a loan from the state-run Development Bank of Japan and the Mizuho Bank, the region will soon produce about 600 megawatts of electricity, courtesy of 11 new solar plants and 10 new wind farms. With expected completion in March of 2024 at a cost of $2.7 billion, the power plants are predicted to generate enough power for about 114,000 average American homes.

Why it’s important: Nearly 43,000 Japanese citizens remain displaced by the Fukushima disaster, while about 143 square miles of the prefecture stand in a permanent evacuation zone. Yet Japan now seeks to capitalize on this seeming “dead zone,” leveraging the expanse of uninhabitable land to power residential regions. Contributing to the prefecture’s goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy-derived power by 2040, this power infrastructure will help pave the way for similar initiatives worldwide.

Drone company Iris Automation makes first-of-its-kind FAA-approved ‘blind’ drone flight.

What it is: In partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation, drone startup Iris Automation has successfully completed the first FAA-approved BVLOS (“beyond the visual line of sight”) drone flight. Until now, the FAA and most other jurisdictions have required human observers and on-ground radar systems for testing of new services, costing companies up to $50 million and thereby hindering development of viable drone services. Yet with newfound FAA approval, Iris Automation utilized solely onboard detect-and-avoid systems. The flight follows the company’s successful test run in Alaska earlier this year, wherein its autonomous systems beat out human-operated drones 95 percent of the time in avoiding head-on collisions with other vehicles.

Why it’s important: We’re now seeing a massive surge in the development rate and approval of autonomous drone use for delivery of critical supplies and commerce. Meanwhile, numerous regulatory agencies—including state-level government departments in even technologically lagging regions—continue to define and refine the right guidelines of operation. As the immediacy of retail interactions, aid delivery, and small-scale cargo transit continues to skyrocket, expect the proliferation of drone manufacturers, complex sensors, and AI navigation software systems.

Specific neurons that map memories have now been identified in the human brain.

What it is: Scientists at Columbia University have found the first-ever evidence that individual neurons target specific memories during willful memory recall— think: recalling navigation details when a stranger asks you for directions. In their experiment, the neuroengineers first used electrodes implanted in neurosurgical patients to track brain signals. In particular, they monitored signals that were active when patients searched for objects from memory in a virtual reality game. Ultimately, they found that specific patterns of neuronal activity were matched with specific memories.

Why it’s important: Researchers have long known that certain activated neurons correspond with specific geographic locations, demonstrated by a Nobel Prize-winning discovery that linked “grid cells” and “place cells” to spatial location. However, prior to this experiment, it was unclear how spatial cells relate to memories made (through events or experiences) in that location. As explained by the study’s lead author Salman E. Qasim, “This discovery might provide a potential mechanism for our ability to selectively call upon different experiences from the past and highlights how these memories may influence our brain's spatial map.”

Apple plans standalone AR and VR gaming headset by 2022 and glasses later.

What it is: Apple recently announced its latest plan to release a series of AR/VR devices over the next four years. Just next year, the company will introduce 3D sensors to the iPad Pro, allowing users to reconstruct rooms, people, and objects in three dimensions. After their initial debut, these sensors will next be rolled out on iPhones (expected by end of 2020), building on current Face ID technology. In the following two years, Apple then aims to release its standalone AR/VR headset for use in virtual meetings, gaming, and entertainment. And by 2023, lightweight Apple glasses will reach consumers for everyday use. Although Apple’s release dates are later than anticipated, the tech giant’s 1,000 AR/VR engineers are forging ahead to deliver perfectly fine-tuned devices. Resulting technology will represent the beginning of Apple’s next big hardware push, building upon the wearables segment that now offsetts a decline in iPhone sales.

Why it’s important: By adding AR/VR glasses to a growing list of wearables—including the Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones—Apple is now making the leap from the iPhone revolution to far more accessible smart interfaces, seamlessly integrated in our everyday lives. Advancing steadily within the deceptive growth phase, AR glasses will soon allow you to navigate the streets of a new city without staring into a phone screen. Learn about the history of a new place, keep up to date on news alerts, and stay in touch with your favorite contacts, no intermediary 2D digital portal needed. Apple’s wearable revolution will transform the way we interact with our physical environments, converting every surface into an opportunity to work, learn, or play.

DNA is just one of more than one million possible ‘genetic molecules,’ scientists find.

What it is: A new study published in the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling suggests that more than 1 million chemical look-alikes might encode biological information, as does DNA. So far, DNA, RNA, and a few man-made molecules are the only known nucleic acids capable of linking up, storing and relaying data, depending on their sequence. By designing a computer program that can generate chemical formulas, researchers at Emory University tested countless generated molecules to determine whether they resembled nucleotides. A surprise to everyone, their results identified over 1,160,000 molecules that could couple up in distinct pairings and assemble in a line, akin to DNA and RNA.

Why it’s important: Prompting us to fundamentally rethink optimal means of genetic data conveyance, this discovery has vast new implications. As a number of current drugs resembling nucleotides are effective in combating viruses and some malignant cancer cells, the team’s generated list could pave the way for novel pharmaceutical products. Within evolutionary biology, the finding that DNA and RNA have plenty of company may yield new truths about how life first evolved on Earth.

Kanye West’s sustainable Yeezy concept uses algae foam.

What it is: Kanye West’s Yeezy line is now diving into algae foam. West’s latest shoe, revealed at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival this week, is an algae-based creation modeled after the Yeezy foam runner. While its khaki color does not necessarily draw the eye, the shoe’s designers and engineering team are working to refine the color with environmentally friendly dyes. Meanwhile, Yeezy now plans to move its headquarters to a 4,000-acre ranch in Wyoming, enabling the company to grow algae in a hydroponic farm to further iterate on and rollout the new shoe product. The line’s transition to sustainable materials aligns with its parent brand’s eco-friendly initiatives. Driven by similar motives, Adidas recently pledged to manufacture solely with recycled plastics by 2024, and has already released the 100 percent recyclable Futurecraft Loop shoe.

Why it’s important: Second only to oil, the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world. Even once clothing reaches buyers’ shopping carts, consumer waste of textile products further contributes to the problem. The average American, for instance, throws away roughly 80 pounds of used clothing every year, much of which can be recycled but instead goes to the landfill. Yet big name brands hold tremendous power to popularize sustainable fashion and decreased production waste by innovating in the materials science realm. Boosting consumer awareness, Yeezy’s transition marks a key step towards ecologically responsible footwear, helping reduce fast-fashion waste.

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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.

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

What it is: Copper-producing giant Freeport-McMoran is introducing a machine learning model to its production processes. While intended to increase the mining company’s annual output of copper by 90,000 tons (or 200 million pounds), the use of AI aims to minimize capital investment in doing so, as explained by chief executive Richard Adkerson. Developed with the management consulting firm McKinsey, Freeport-McMoran’s model integrates data from sensors across the company’s Bagdad mine in Arizona and suggests methods to optimize production, including adjusting the processing pH level to recover more copper.

Why it’s important: A production bump of this scale typically requires capital investment on the order of US$1.5 to 2 billion— not to mention far more industrial equipment. Harnessing the power of machine learning, however, Freeport-McMoran is planning to use the excess cash generated by increased production to pay down debt and power shareholder returns. Yet beyond mining, the use of integrated sensors and AI in even the most technologically lagging sectors is a tremendous validator of machine learning’s potential. By integrating data from key industrial processes and checkpoints, machine learning models can identify sources of inefficiency, non-intuitive shortcuts, and optimization decisions that create economic value far exceeding needed expenditures.

UPS and CVS deliver prescription medicine via drone to US residential customers.

What it is: Just this week, UPS announced that its drone delivery subsidiary, UPS Flight Forward, has completed its first two prescription medication deliveries to consumers in Cary, North Carolina. Both deliveries utilized the Matternet M2 drone system, now FAA-approved (as of last month) for UPS’s commercial use. Although a remote operator remained on hand, both deliveries were entirely autonomous, as drones hovered roughly 20 feet over each residential property to slowly lower packages by cable and winch to the ground. The announcement comes just one month after Flight Forward achieved its Part 135 air carrier certification, allowing the company's drones to “fly over people, at night, and out of an operators line of sight.”

Why it’s important: So far, UPS and Matternet have focused principally on deliveries to large healthcare campuses, with over 1,500 revenue-generating drone deliveries completed to date. The move to partner with CVS and to include residential deliveries is yet another signal we have been tracking, indicating that urban airspace, cargo transit and personalized deliveries are about to change significantly. What new opportunities open up when last mile delivery is no longer tethered to trucks and road transit?

Toshiba to form IoT alliance with SoftBank, KDDI and others.

What it is: In partnership with SoftBank, wireless carrier KDDI, and utility Tokyo Gas, Toshiba will launch an IoT platform called ifLink Open Community. To be formally established next March, the association aims to include over 100 Japanese companies, making it far easier for participating businesses to build IoT solutions without significant coding and technical hardware experience. Akin to Amazon’s model—which grants connection kits to smart device manufacturers that use Alexa—ifLink will similarly offer access to products sourced from the open community. This way, member companies no longer need to design prototypes and services from scratch.

Why it’s important: Standing at the intersection of connectivity, sensors and AI, the IoT market is booming. IDC projects the global market could top US$1 trillion by 2022, almost 2X last year’s US$646 billion market valuation. As major players like General Electric and Hitachi build their own proprietary IoT systems, IoT’s rise has largely been fueled by exponential advances in the price-performance ratio and miniaturization of sensors, surges in computing power, and the rapid emergence of 5G. With these converging foundations in place, we are about to witness a Cambrian explosion in new business models, smart and connected systems, and even intelligent urban networks. What intelligence would you gather within your own business if IoT platforms were readily buildable? What new products might you create?

An Energy Breakthrough Could Store Solar Power for Decades.

What it is: Swedish researchers have recently identified a molecule that can trap and store solar energy for up to decades, ultimately releasing the energy as heat on-demand. The secret sauce: a molecule made of carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen that absorbs the Sun’s energy and holds it until a catalyst triggers its release. The team, led by Kasper Moth-Poulsen at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, also created a unique storage unit that can outperform the 5- to 10-year lifespan of standard lithium-ion batteries. Lastly, the group developed a transparent coating that absorbs sunlight and converts it to heat energy on the spot. Now working to demonstrate the technology at scale, the researchers are coating an entire building on campus with this material to reduce electricity requirements for heating and thereby curve carbon emissions. Once successful, the team aims to bring the storage unit to market in six years and the coating in only three— a timeline contingent on necessary funding streams.

Why it’s important: The big challenge that remains for Moth-Poulsen’s team is long-term energy storage for not only heat, but also electricity supply. While cost is yet another factor in recent solar-harnessing technologies, Moth-Poulson’s approach does not require expensive rare elements. Converting solar energy into heat through the team’s transparent coating could supply enough heat for vehicles and small buildings without any intermediary emission-producing machinery. Moving forward, this technology could even be incorporated into clothing to insulate humans in lightweight designs. In construction, window coatings could transform architectural designs in frigid regions, allowing more access to natural light during the winter. As demonstrated here, sometimes the greatest innovations begin on the micro-scale, harnessing unique chemical combinations for local use.

Three-story water battery cuts university's energy usage by 40 percent.

What it is: Having switched on its three-story “water battery” in September, Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is now receiving enough power to cut its reliance on the grid by over 40 percent. Essentially a giant thermal energy storage system, USC’s “water battery” harnesses 6,000 solar panels (lining campus roofs and carparks), which comprise a 2.1 megawatt photovoltaic system. In turn, this generated energy then serves to cool 4.5 megaliters of water within a three-story tank. As air conditioning constitutes two fifths of the campus’s energy costs, water cooled using solar-generated energy can offset this, saving the university an estimated “US$69 million in energy costs over the next 25 years,” according to USC’s COO Dr. Scott Snyder.

Why it’s important: Charging ahead full force, Australia’s USC has pledged to be carbon-neutral by 2025. Now operational, the university’s battery system is slated to cut CO2 emissions by upwards of 92,000 tons in the coming 25 years (already having reduced USC’s carbon footprint by 42 percent). Further earning the university international acclaim—through an award at Iceland’s 2019 Global District Energy Climate Awards—USC’s water battery is now inspiring similar energy innovations. Through customization around niche energy uses, renewable energy generation and storage systems are gradually fulfilling distinct slices of the energy needs pie, edging us closer to a carbon-neutral future worldwide.

Rare genetic mutation might hold clues to preventing Alzheimer's.

What it is: In an unprecedented new case, a Colombian woman developed early-stage Alzheimer’s yet experienced no common dementia symptoms for decades, likely due to a unique genetic mutation. While most Alzheimer’s cases are not linked to genetics, about 1,200 people in Colombia do face high early-onset genetic risk for the disease. Individuals with the E280A mutation of a gene called Presenilin 1 (PSEN1) are prone to developing Alzheimer’s in their forties or earlier. Yet while this female patient experienced the same unusually high level of brain amyloid-beta deposits as typical E280A individuals, she entirely evaded dementia symptoms like confusion and memory loss. When investigating this seeming anomaly, researchers found that she carried two additional “Christchurch” mutations in the APOE3 gene. While some E280 peers carried one version of this mutation, they were not protected against dementia in the same way.

Why it’s important: These findings open up a new realm of Alzheimer’s research, focused on preventing the development of dementia even as Alzheimer’s may progress. Without memory and normal brain function, it becomes almost impossible for Alzheimer’s patients to function independently. If effective in delaying the onset of dementia, however, a genetic treatment would not only increase lifespan but also vastly improve quality of life. While the genetic underpinnings of this newly discovered correlation will require further exploration, the recent surge of gene-editing tools can surely help apply these findings to therapeutic applications in the future. As genome-sequencing continues to demonetize, tracking mutations and their correlations with disease incidence will be easier than ever before.

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sensors explosion & the rise of IoT

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 9, 2019

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

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Future of Cities Part 2: Visions of the Future

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 10, 2019

Tomorrow’s cities are reshaping almost every industry imaginable, and birthing those we’ve never heard of.

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Future of Smart Cities - Part 1

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 3, 2019

Each week alone, an estimated 1.3 million people move into cities, driving urbanization on an unstoppable scale. 

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Abundance Insider: January 11th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 11, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Roll-up TVs, next-gen smart supermarkets, and a new Gigafactory breaks ground.

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TomTom Debuts End-To-End Autonomous Driving System At CES 2019

What it is: TomTom, the company that brought portable GPS to your car before the smartphone era, is entering the autonomous vehicle space through a partnership with the Japanese automotive systems manufacturer Denso. The duo will combine TomTom’s mapping technology with Denso’s in-car sensors, cameras and radar to effectively crowdsource and update road conditions via TomTom’s Autostream, which shares updates across vehicles. Ultimately, they hope to get to Level 2 autonomy for use on highways and major urban roads.

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Scientists Engineer Shortcut For Photosynthetic Glitch, Boost Crop Growth By 40 Percent

What it is: In a plant engineering feat, researchers have found a way to boost photosynthesis efficiency in crops. Quick refresh: photosynthesis is the process by which plants convert sunlight into energy. However, the enzyme responsible for turning CO2 into sugars that fuel plant growth, RuBisCo, fails to distinguish between oxygen and CO2 about 20 percent of the time. This results in a plant-toxic compound that must be discarded through photorespiration, costing plants precious energy resources. However, scientists have now engineered alternate pathways to reroute and shorten the photorespiration process, saving resources for photosynthesis and boosting crop growth by 40 percent in real-world agronomic conditions.

Why it's important: As we quickly approximate a world population of 8.5 billion by 2030, eliminating the inefficiencies of photorespiration could play a pivotal role in feeding the globe. As explained by principal investigator Donald Ort, “We could feed up to 200 million additional people with the calories lost to photorespiration in [just!] the Midwestern U.S. each year.” Perhaps most exciting, more efficient plants would provide greatest aid to tropical regions that need it most, eliminating the world’s highest rates of photorespiration and offering an abundant harvest more immune to rising temperatures.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

LG’s Groundbreaking Roll-Up TV Is Going On Sale This Year

What it is: A year ago at CES, we saw the first concept rollable organic-LED (oLED) TV from LG. Now, LG is bringing the foldable TV to market as its flagship 4K OLED TV for 2019. Boasting incredible audio and video quality, these innovative TV’s will be available for purchase in the spring.

Why it's important: We’re in a materials science renaissance, and consumer electronics are driving the newest developments. From state-of-the-art transistor fabrication in the integrated circuits in our devices to conductive and transparent touchscreens in our phones, to these rollable flat screens, cutting-edge materials science permeates every facet of our experience with technology. Imagine holograms made possible by optical metamaterials, or high-resolution augmented reality glasses made of cutting-edge ceramics and polymers.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Tesla CEO Musk Breaks Ground At Shanghai Gigafactory To Launch China Push

What it is: Amidst China’s rapid transition from combustion engine vehicles to what the Chinese government terms ‘new energy vehicles’ (NEVs), Tesla has now formally begun construction of its Gigafactory 3 project on the outskirts of Shanghai. Expected to cost about US$2 billion, Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory will be China’s first wholly foreign-owned car manufacturing plant, and is set to produce Model 3 electric vehicles by the end of 2019. Aiming for a vehicle capacity of 500,000, the plant marks Tesla’s first major step into the largest auto market on the planet, joining an array of impressive domestic competitors.

Why it's important:  In the wake of a tense trade war between China and the U.S., Tesla’s inroads in the Chinese market and localization of production may serve a fruitful role in strengthening U.S.-China collaboration. In a meeting with Elon Musk this week, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed that Tesla could be a “participant in China’s opening up and a promoter of stable China-U.S. relations,” further welcoming greater collaboration with companies worldwide as well as foreign investment. As global challenges and breakneck technological growth continue to transcend national borders, we may soon witness a wave of similar collaborations, strengthening both business and political ties, and unifying us through shared solutions.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

The Insta360 Titan Records 11K 360 -- That Still Plays On Smartphones

What it is: Insta360, maker of the Insta 360 One X, which is bringing 360-degree VR cameras to the masses, is moving into high-end cinematic experiences. Retailing at $15,000, the company is releasing the Insta 360 Titan, which can record at 11K resolution with 10 bits of color and at 30 frames per second. While that might seem like overkill if you don’t have an 11K screen, Insta360’s ClearView enables playback based on users’ field of view, so the video is fully capable of running on a smartphone.

Why it's important: An 11K resolution is well beyond the 8K that many, including Palmer Luckey, believe is the cutoff point to deliver a fully immersive experience. At a price point of $15,000, will this high-end rig cause a sizable uptick in VR content as barriers to production disappear?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Microsoft And Kroger To Create Data-Driven Connected Grocery Stores

What it is: Microsoft and Kroger, the largest supermarket in the U.S. by revenue, are partnering to create the hyperconnected supermarket of the future. They’ve recently transformed two retail stores (in Monroe, Ohio and Redmond, Washington) using connected sensors powered by Microsoft’s Azure Cloud. Personalized ads will guide the shopping experience, leveraging a previously built digital shelving system already present in dozens of supermarkets across the country.

Why it's important: With the next evolution of supermarkets and retail stores, shoppers will no longer waste time searching for the products they desire. We‘re already witnessing organizations rethink the foundation on which they build their physical spaces (e.g. retail stores, cities). Rather than architecting store layouts first and overlaying technology on top of them, companies are now building stores (and cities, like Google’s Sidewalk Labs), from the internet up.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

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Topics: Abundance Insider Data Tesla autonomous vehicles internet of things CES entertainment
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The Spatial Web - Part 2

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 18, 2018

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

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

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 11, 2018

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

Topics: AR/VR cryptocurrencies blockchain Artificial Intellegence virtual reality Augmented Reality distributed ledger internet of things digitization Web 3.0 democratization mixed reality the Internet Spatial Web the Web decentralization
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My 25-Year Commitment & Focus for 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 28, 2018

Imagine publicly making a 25-year commitment to something you’re passionate about.

How would your mindset change?

In 2013, I committed to running an annual mastermind called Abundance 360 (A360) for 25 years… and that statement fundamentally changed my mindset.

In this blog, I’ll share the backstory of this commitment, and how long-term thinking has the power to make a huge impact. I’ll also share a preview of the 2019 A360 event.

25 Years of A360

In 2013, I was at Genius Network, getting ready to go onstage and introduce Abundance 360 to a group of entrepreneurs and marketers.

Dan Sullivan, co-founder of Strategic Coach and my personal coach, pulled me aside. “Peter,” he said, “if you really want to make this stick, why don’t you tell them you’ll do it for 25 years?”

Like so many great ideas, it instantly clicked. A360 should be a 25-year journey, a ‘countdown to the Singularity’.

Five minutes later, I was onstage proclaiming A360 as “my 25-year-long CEO program for abundance and exponentially minded entrepreneurs.”

The instant I made that public statement, I experienced a game-changing mindset shift. It changed the way I thought about MY life. What I was committed to. Who I needed to be in the world. What I would be doing every year at the end of January through the year 2038.

What will the world look like by 2038? It’s pretty extraordinary, especially when you consider the exponentially growing technologies my team and I are following.

Ubiquitous AI, quantum computing, tomorrow’s trillion-sensor economy, synthetic biology, blockchain technologies and global gigabit connectivity, to name a few. All these, individually and in convergence, will create more wealth in the next 10 years than was created in the past century, transforming every industry and every company.

What will these technologies enable after 20 doublings of exponential growth? Everything will profoundly change.

The Power of Long-Term Thinking

Ultimately, your vision is a byproduct of your mindset.

With a scarcity mindset, you become protectionist and limited in your thinking: “I can’t afford to think about the future — I’ve got to worry about what’s going on right now.” Or you prioritize stability and proven practices over more risky, passion-driven ventures with potentially extraordinary rewards.

An abundance mindset enables you to think long-term: “The future is better than you can possibly imagine, and I’m going to be investing because I’m looking at 10x growth.”

Your mindset matters. Doing big, risky things is difficult — and it’s even harder if you lack stability in your life. Paraphrasing my friend Tony Robbins, “we need to have certainty in our lives before we can withstand uncertainty."

When you get clarity about your mission over a 25-year timeframe, you give yourself stability — and permission to dream even bigger. You’re able to enjoy current progress, instead of feeling stressed to immediately achieve your final goal.

A360 has become a central organizing principle in my life. I spend all year getting ready for the annual event — and my focus is delivering context on the future. I help members answer three questions:

  1. What technologies are going from deceptive to disruptive in the coming year?
  2. What is your Massively Transformative Purpose & Moonshot? (i.e. What is the impact you will make in life as you go from success to significance?)
  3. How will these technologies transform your business and what do you do about it? 

FYI, This is My A360-2019 Focus…

One major phenomenon I increasingly focus on is the convergence of technologies, trends and emerging industries.

What happens when one exponentially developing technology converges with another? Or when a rapidly demonetizing technology meets a skyrocketing trend, like the explosion of sensors we're seeing today?

Layering everything from deep learning to quantum computing to the Internet of Things, these convergences will supercharge growth in most major industries over the next five to 10 years.

This January, here’s my lineup of what I’m *most* excited about:

Module #1 - China Going from Deceptive to Disruptive: For the first time, I will be dedicating an entire module to China, arguably the world’s next AI Superpower. In 2017, China’s government laid out a development plan to lead the world in Artificial Intelligence by 2030, aiming to become the global center of innovation and build a domestic industry exceeding $150 billion in the process. Already accounting for 48 percent of the world’s total AI startup funding in 2017, China has seen the rise of countless AI-focused VC funds and a skyrocketing startup ecosystem, spanning everything from intelligent hardware to autonomous vehicles.

Module #2 – Convergence Catalyzer 1: We’ll look at the convergence of A.I., IoT, AR/VR and Blockchain and how these technologies will disrupt Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Healthcare & Retail/Advertising, transforming industries and driving new business models. 

Module #3 – Augmented & Virtual Reality: We’re witnessing the emergence of AR & VR from the “Depths of Despair” to the “Plateau of Productivity”… Finally, AR & VR are coming online in a meaningful fashion. My goal in this module is to show how these technologies are going to massively impact every aspect of our lives and how fast they are moving!

Module #4 – The Future of Work, Free Time & Play: This module will explore what the future holds for ourselves and our kids… As living expenses demonetize and workplace automation increases, how will we spend our free time and derive meaning throughout our adult lives? And if our children and grandchildren don’t have to work for a living, how will they connect and find purpose in an AI-driven world? As VR & AR converge with AI and advancements in computing and hardware, we’re beginning to witness a new wave of highly immersive games, virtual worlds and online communities. Revenue in the video game hardware and software sector is projected to skyrocket from $65B (2018) to $235 billion by 2022.

Module #5 – Convergence Catalyzer 2: We’ll look at the convergence of 3D printing, robotics, AI and energy and how these technologies will disrupt construction, food, energy and transportation, driving new business models.

Module #6 – Human Longevity: In this module, we will discuss the status of cutting edge, powerful technologies that are in the lab and in FDA-approved clinical trials, that have the potential to extend your healthy lifespan an additional 10 to 30 years… Speeding us towards what Aubrey De Grey and Ray Kurzweil call “Longevity Escape Velocity.”

Module #7 – Moonshot Thinking: And in our final module, we’ll dive deep into the mindset, tools and strategies for creating and implementing your Moonshot. We’ll hear from CEOs with amazing stories and experiences that will reignite your passion and 10x your ambitions.

These are just a few of the highlights I’m excited to be covering in exactly three months from today, and I look forward to generating new dialogue around nascent industries and 2018’s most salient breakthroughs.

I believe we’re living in the most extraordinary time ever… and that the future is coming faster than most of us realize.

Your ability to anticipate change and make better, faster decisions is critical in the decades ahead.

And by tracking humanity’s progress in a finite period of 25 years, not only will you more closely witness history in the making, but learn to capitalize on it as well.

Only a handful of seats remain in our 2019 membership. To learn more about A360 and apply, head here.

Join Me

(1) Exponential Wisdom: If you’re interested in hearing more behind-the-scenes stories like this, Dan Sullivan and I co-host a podcast for entrepreneurs called Exponential Wisdom. (We discuss the A360 origin story in Episode 42.)

(2) A360 Executive Mastermind: This is a preview of the content discussed in my Executive Mastermind group called Abundance 360. The program is highly selective, for 360 abundance- and exponentially minded CEOs (running $10M to $10B companies). If you’d like to be considered, apply here.

Share this with your friends, especially if they are interested in any of the areas outlined above.

(3) Abundance-Digital Online Community: I’ve also created a Digital/Online community of bold, abundance-minded entrepreneurs called Abundance-Digital. Abundance-Digital is my ‘onramp’ for exponential entrepreneurs – those who want to get involved and play at a higher level. Click here to learn more.

Topics: AR/VR Sensors AI Mindset Longevity health a360 Artificial Intellegence IoT industry internet of things
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Join Me at Exponential Medicine

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 21, 2018

The convergence of exponential technologies including machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, networks, sensors, synthetic biology and quantum computing is transforming healthcare.

Topics: Sensors AI Medicine/Health health Artificial Intellegence healthcare preventive medicine personalized medicine IoT industry internet of things digitization
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The Future of Insurance

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 14, 2018

We profit from it, we fear it, and we find it impossibly hard to quantify… risk.

Topics: Sensors Entrepreneurship AI health blockchain Artificial Intellegence healthcare IoT connectivity trillion sensor economy autonomous vehicles self-driving cars smart cities industry loans distributed ledger wearables internet of things insurtech digitization insurance connected home devices