8 min read

Increase your healthspan, now.

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 18, 2020

There are actions you can take right now to increase your potential healthspan, with a target of making it to a health 100+ years old.

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6 min read

100 years old will be the new 60

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 11, 2020

For the first time in history, leading scientists and entrepreneurs believe there’s a way to slow aging -- and maybe even reverse it.

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6 min read

How long will you live?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 4, 2020

How long you live is a function of many factors, including your mindset. You can will yourself to death -- or will yourself to a longer healthspan.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Exponentials Mindset Longevity Abundance 360 healthcare exponential technology Neuralink future tech
12 min read

the next data-driven Healthtech Revolution

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 5, 2020

Increasing your healthspan (i.e. making 100 years old the new 60) will depend to a large degree on artificial intelligence.

Topics: Abundance Data Sensors AI Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare mobile health preventive medicine digital devices aging mHealth
20 min read

The Three R’s of Regenerative Medicine

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 28, 2020

Lizards can regrow entire limbs. Flatworms, starfish, and sea cucumbers regrow entire bodies.

Topics: 3D Printing Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare bio-printing biotech Stem Cells entrepreneur regenerative medicine vitality
8 min read

Longevity & Vitality - A Renaissance of Drugs and Genomics

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 21, 2020

The causes of aging are extremely complex and unclear.

Topics: Abundance AI Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare preventive medicine Stem Cells protein-folding aging
6 min read

why we age....

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 14, 2020

Healthcare today is reactive, retrospective, bureaucratic and expensive. It's sick care, not healthcare.

Topics: Abundance AI Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare preventive medicine Stem Cells protein-folding aging
9 min read

Abundance Insider: November 23rd, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 23, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Heliogen's concentrated solar power breakthrough, AI bots inventing new tools, and Lenovo's use of VR as an anesthesia alternative.

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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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9 min read

Abundance Insider: November 8th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 8, 2019

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

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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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11 min read

Longevity & Vitality - Part 5: The Three R’s of Regenerative Medicine

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 24, 2019

Lizards can regrow entire limbs. Flatworms, starfish, and sea cucumbers regrow entire bodies.

Topics: 3D Printing Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare bio-printing biotech Stem Cells entrepreneur regenerative medicine vitality
10 min read

Longevity & Vitality Part 4: The Next Data-Driven Healthtech Revolution

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 17, 2019

Increasing your healthspan (i.e. making 100 years old the new 60) will depend to a large degree on artificial intelligence.

Topics: Abundance Data Sensors AI Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare mobile health preventive medicine digital devices aging mHealth
7 min read

Longevity & Vitality Part 3: AI Augments Healthcare and Longevity

By Peter H. Diamandis on Feb 10, 2019

When it comes to the future of healthcare, perhaps the only technology more powerful than CRISPR is Artificial Intelligence.

Topics: Abundance AI Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare preventive medicine Stem Cells protein-folding aging
8 min read

Longevity & Vitality Part 2: A Renaissance of Drugs and Genomics

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 20, 2019

The causes of aging are extremely complex and unclear.

Topics: Abundance AI Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare preventive medicine Stem Cells protein-folding aging
6 min read

longevity & vitality part 1 - why we age....

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 13, 2019

Healthcare today is reactive, retrospective, bureaucratic and expensive. It's sick care, not healthcare.

Topics: Abundance AI Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare preventive medicine Stem Cells protein-folding aging
10 min read

Abundance Insider: January 4th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 4, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: 3D-printed rib replacements, gesture-directed gadgets, and a new weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

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FCC Clears Google To Pursue “Minority Report”-Like Gesture System

What it is: The FCC recently granted permission for Google to continue development of Project Soli, its radar-based gesture tracking system. Launched in 2015, Soli promised to change the way we interact with our devices, enabling users to push buttons, turn dials, or zoom in and out without physically touching them. To improve tracking accuracy and reliability, Google needed to increase the radar’s power, which led to a protracted discussion with the FCC and striking an agreement with Facebook on interference concerns. With this decision, Google is again free to improve on its already slim 10 mm x 8 mm hardware package, associated software and machine learning algorithms.

Why it's important: WIth a small design and low power consumption, the Soli is well-suited to embed in wearables, phones, PC’s, cars, and IoT devices to name just a few. Additionally, as Soli opens up to a broader community with its SDK, look for additional gestures and use cases to arrive, such as in AR and VR environments.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Drinkable Cocktail Stymies Alzheimer’s Disease At Its Start

What it is: A first step in the onset of Alzheimer’s occurs when amyloid beta peptides bind to prion proteins in the brain’s neurons. After testing tens of thousands of different molecules, researchers at Yale University identified a mixture of small polymer molecules that can inhibit this amyloid beta to prior binding mechanisms. The polymer mixture inhibits this preliminary Alzheimer’s mechanism, and the researchers also discovered that administering the molecules repaired memory function in mice engineered to display Alzheimer’s. The next step before clinical trials is to ensure that the cocktail is safe for humans.

Why it's important: Neurodegenerative diseases are among the leading causes of decreased health and longevity. While we often hear of regenerative medicine (stem cells, 3d printing, and prosthetics) augmenting our physical health, ensuring the longevity of our minds is crucial to extending the human health span. More than ever, an abundance of research and technology development (from biochemistry like in this study to nanotechnology to artificial intelligence) is directly working to combat Alzheimer’s.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Patient Receives 3D-Printed Rib Implant In Breakthrough Procedure

What it is: 2018 was a big year in 3D printing, particularly in medicine. Case in point is the 3D-printed rib that Ivaylo Josifov received in Bulgaria last month. After doctors found an abnormality in a rib bone that might lead to pulmonary complications, they decided to replace the rib. Enter 3DGence and 3dbgprint, two startups pushing the limits of 3D printing and modeling. After scanning Ivaylo’s existing rib, the team iterated on the design to ensure an exact match in shape, flexibility and sturdiness and sent it to 3DGence for printing in a semi-rigid polyamide capable of withstanding the heat, ethylene oxide and radiation necessary for sanitization. A day later — and at a fraction of the cost to create a similar rib from titanium — the rib was ready for implantation.

Why it's important: Josifov’s rib is impressive for many reasons, but perhaps most interesting is the use of FDM — Fused Deposition Modeling — which is essentially the same technology in every Makerbot sitting in your garage or Maker Space. Maybe you won’t do your own bone replacements, but look for the democratization of design and manufacturing to continue, leading to a vast set of new use cases.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

This Clever AI Hid Data From Its Creators To Cheat At Its Appointed Task

What it is: Striving to perfect Google Maps’ aerial-to-Street View translation, Google and Stanford AI researchers discovered they had been cleverly deceived by their own machine learning agent, CycleGAN. Image-to-image translation requires a program to transform images of one type into another class of image. In Google’s case, this means converting satellite imagery into street maps, and vice versa. However, whereas CycleGAN was intended to interpret aerial view features and generate a corresponding street map, the agent created its own shortcut instead. Encoding hidden data in its translations, the agent found it could then easily reconstruct original source images without generating aerial views from scratch.

Why it's important: This impressive act of subterfuge demonstrates several key takeaways regarding neural network-based programs. Principally: computers will do exactly what you tell them to do. As a result, an ML agent might even find ways to transmit information to itself, imperceptible to the human eye, in the interest of solving a problem more easily and efficiently. This doesn’t mean AIs are outmaneuvering us per se, but rather that AI scientists need robust measures to validate AI output at each stage of a program's process. Only then can we ensure that neural networks solve problems in the ways we intend them to do so.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

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Topics: Abundance Insider 3D Printing Medicine/Health Longevity health healthcare biotech
7 min read

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
7 min read

Future of AI & Longevity

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 17, 2018

What if we could generate novel molecules to target any disease, overnight, ready for clinical trials?

Topics: AI Medicine/Health Longevity machine learning Insilico