Exponential Change is the New Normal, but We'll Never Get Used to It
Ultimately we’re never going to get people used to the rate of exponential change. Humans will always be somewhat resistant to it.
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!"
Ultimately we’re never going to get people used to the rate of exponential change. Humans will always be somewhat resistant to it. There will be those individuals who are far more open to it. I am and it’s just the way I'm wired and built and there are many people who are part of Singularity University or X Prize in the same fashion. But the majority of humans are not.
What is going to happen is people will sometimes be kicking and screaming, brought into a new technology, and will begin to utilize it and then once they realize the benefits to them then you can’t pull them out. But it’s always been that way, going from the buggy to the train to the car to the telephone.
Ultimately these technologies are resisted at first and then once they’re utilized because they’re so advantageous to us that we get used to them and we learn that by using this technology we have so much extra time, we have so much extra money, we have so much extra connections or safety or whatever it might be that we fully utilize it and are happily adjusting to that as the new norm.
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