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Peter Diamandis: In reality today technology has transformed our lives.  It has transformed the lives of ourselves, our parents, our kids in ways that most people take for granted.  It has improved our ability to communicate -- where I can get on Skype and talk to my folks and they can see my kids.  We feel connected like never before.  It’s made it so that we can live longer, healthier lives, and on demand I can go and get a slew of medical data to know what’s wrong and find the best doctors on the planet to come in and help me.  That’s extraordinary.  And that brings us to a world ultimately of safety, where I can have access to know how I am physically.  I can know monetarily how I am.  I can be in touch with anyone on the planet at any time I need. Literally, it’s emotional safety and physical safety.  

So we’re living in a day and age where we here in the developed world, the person who literally gets online, is able to get any information they want any time of the day or night, order and buy whatever they want any time of the day or night.  We’re living as emperors and kings would have lived 100 years ago, and we take it for granted.  It’s transforming our world in a way that is making us god-like in many ways, in a way that is giving us a life that is magical, and I just I can’t wait to see what it’s going to be like in the next 25 years.

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