Gazing Into the Future of Knowledge Abundance
We will have abundance in terms of knowledge and equality and we won’t have the bottom billion anymore, but what I call the rising billion.
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!"
Life began on this planet about 3.5 billion years ago with what was called prokaryotic life. It was a very simple life form, it was DNA inside of a cell, no organs, no brain containing cellular subcomponents. What happened was that simple life became eukaryotic life, more advance single-cell life form, and then that ended up becoming multi-cellular life form and eventually until it became you and I, an organism of 10 trillion cells with organs and tissues.
The same thing is happening in our world today. 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. Now it will ultimately allow us to link together into what I think of as the meta-intelligence of the future where I’ll begin to have full cognitive knowledge, you know, search will be something instantaneous. I’ll think about it and know what’s going on. But more so, I’ll have knowledge of what a sun rise looks like right now in Japan and what people are feeling in other parts of the world.
The benefit thereof is to create sort of a level of total human consciousness that’s never been understood before in a way that I hope will give us a great deal of unity as a species and really give us a level of abundance in the world. We will have abundance in terms of knowledge and equality and we won’t have the bottom billion anymore, but what I call the rising billion.
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