Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight, the Foundation is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education. Diamandis is also the co-Founder & Executive Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution teaching graduates and executives about exponentially growing technologies and their potential to address humanity's grand challenges.
Along with fellow Big Think expert Steven Kotler, Diamandis is co-author of the New York Times best selling hardcover book Abundance—The Future Is Better Than You Think which was #2 on the NYTimes List and #1 on Amazon. Their latest book is titled Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.
Diamandis has founded or co-founded many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures. He also counsels the world's top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. Diamandis' personal motto is: "The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!"
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.
Directed / Produced by
Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd
We humans are those simple individual life forms that are beginning to bring technology into our bodies, whether it’s the cell phone or eventually brain/computer interface.