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revolutionizing drug discovery and delivery

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 19, 2020

If you had to guess how long it takes for a drug to go from an idea to your pharmacy, what would you guess? 3 years? 5 years? How about the cost? $30 million? $100 million?

Topics: Entrepreneurship Exponentials gene therapy gene Technology Artificial Intellegence preventive medicine personalized medicine Genetics CRISPR genetic engineering genome sequencing
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revolutionizing drug discovery and delivery

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 15, 2019

If you had to guess how long it takes for a drug to go from an idea to your pharmacy, what would you guess? 3 years? 5 years? How about the cost? $30 million? $100 million?

Topics: Entrepreneurship Exponentials gene therapy gene Technology Artificial Intellegence preventive medicine personalized medicine Genetics CRISPR genetic engineering genome sequencing
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The CRISPR Revolution & Hyper-Personalized Medicine

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 12, 2019

Two revolutionary tools are overhauling healthcare as we know it today: genome sequencing and CRISPR engineering.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Exponentials gene therapy gene Technology Artificial Intellegence preventive medicine personalized medicine Genetics CRISPR genetic engineering genome sequencing
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3D Printing & the Future of Retail

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 7, 2019

Forget costly prototypes, traditional textile manufacturing, product recalls, and the like…. 3D printing is about to turn the entire retail industry on its head.

Topics: 3D Printing Robotics Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials retail Technology Artificial Intellegence networks connectivity connection future of retail smart tracking 2028 smart malls smart economy experience economy
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Rise of the Retail Robots & Last-Mile Delivery

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 5, 2019

The robots are coming! The robots are coming! On our sidewalks, in our skies, in our every store… Over the next decade, robots will enter the mainstream of retail.

Topics: Robotics Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials retail Technology Artificial Intellegence networks connectivity smart cities connection future of retail smart tracking 2028 Westfield smart malls smart economy experience economy
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Future-Proofing Your Business

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 30, 2019

Entrepreneurs will create more wealth in the next decade, than we have in the entire past century. We’ll also experience the reinvention of every industry. Understanding how to navigate accelerating technological change is essential for every leader.

Topics: Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials retail Technology Artificial Intellegence networks connectivity smart cities connection future of retail smart tracking 2028 Westfield smart malls smart economy experience economy
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Smart Stores & the 2030 Marketplace

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 27, 2019

How do you buy your stuff? Do you get in your car, or type with your fingers?

Topics: Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials retail Technology Artificial Intellegence networks connectivity smart cities connection future of retail smart tracking 2028 Westfield smart malls smart economy experience economy
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AI & Shopping - A New Retail Era

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 24, 2019

AI and broadband are eating retail for breakfast. In the first half of 2019, we’ve seen 19 retailer bankruptcies. And the retail apocalypse is only accelerating.

Topics: 3D Printing Robotics Materials Science Manufacturing Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials Technology Artificial Intellegence robots materials networks connectivity smart cities construction connection Moonshots entrepreneur convergence aid exponential technology drone technology smart tracking mobile connectivity hyperloop Martine Rothblatt organ transplant
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Pursuing Moonshots: Martine Rothblatt’s Story

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 21, 2019

You just learned your daughter’s disease gives her less than 5 years to live. How do you react? Would you strive to make her last years the most fulfilling? Or would you search every medical journal, contact every scientist, and find her a cure?

Topics: 3D Printing Robotics Materials Science Manufacturing Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials Technology Artificial Intellegence robots materials networks connectivity smart cities construction connection Moonshots entrepreneur convergence aid exponential technology drone technology smart tracking mobile connectivity hyperloop Martine Rothblatt organ transplant
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transforming sick care into healthcare - part 1

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 17, 2019

The U.S. healthcare industry is in for a major disruption in the decade ahead.

Topics: 3D Printing Robotics Materials Science Manufacturing Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials Technology Artificial Intellegence robots Drones Autonomous Drones materials networks connectivity smart cities nanobots construction connection entrepreneur augmented manufacturing convergence catalyzer additive manufacturing convergence disaster relief humanitarian aid humanitarian aid exponential technology drone technology smart tracking mobile connectivity hyperloop
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Hyperloop, Rocket Travel, and Avatars

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 13, 2019

What’s faster than autonomous vehicles and flying cars? 

Topics: 3D Printing Robotics Materials Science Manufacturing Sensors Entrepreneurship Exponentials Technology Artificial Intellegence robots Drones Autonomous Drones materials networks connectivity smart cities nanobots construction connection entrepreneur augmented manufacturing convergence catalyzer additive manufacturing convergence disaster relief humanitarian aid humanitarian aid exponential technology drone technology smart tracking mobile connectivity hyperloop
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Revolutionizing Disaster Relief: A Tale of Convergence

By Peter H. Diamandis on Nov 10, 2019

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

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

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 2, 2019

In almost every industry you can think of, blockchain is poised to cut out middlemen, dramatically improve transparency, and multiply the efficiency of countless transactions worldwide.

Topics: Abundance Bitcoin Abundance 360 Real Estate a360 cryptocurrencies blockchain Technology healthcare distributed ledger exponential technology future of real estate tokenizing token crypto NFTs microtransactions smart contracts ethereum
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Revolutionizing Disaster Relief: A Tale of Convergence

By Peter H. Diamandis on Apr 7, 2019

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

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

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 9, 2018

As kids worldwide head back to school, I’d like to share my thoughts on the future of education.

Topics: Education AR/VR AI Technology Artificial Intellegence virtual reality future
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Abundance Insider: June 22, 2018 Edition

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 22, 2018

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

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New Gene Therapy Could Stitch Together Damaged Spinal Cords

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

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

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

New Eyedrops Could Repair Corneas, Make Glasses Unneccessary

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

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

Spotted by Morgan McDermott / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Bancor Launches Blockchain Platform in Kenya to Enable Community Currencies

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

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

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

Ford Aims to Revive a Detroit Train Station, and Itself

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

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

Spotted by Claire Adair / Written by Max Goldberg 

DeepMind AI Learns to Reconstruct Scenes From Images

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

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

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

WeWork is Hiring, Mentoring & Training 1,500 Refugees

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

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

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

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