Peter Diamandis: Here's How You'll Buy Clothes in the Future
In his latest book Bold, Peter Diamandis notes that exponential entrepreneurs need to keep an eye out for emerging technologies — such as virtual reality — about to emerge in a big way.
Peter Diamandis talks virtual reality as a major emerging technology in today's featured Big Think interview. In his new book Bold (co-authored with fellow Big Think expert Steven Kotler), Diamandis explains how exponential entrepreneurs need to think about and work with exponential technologies set to take the jump from deceptive to disruptive. In 2015 and beyond, virtual reality is that technology:
For virtual reality to transition from underrated dormancy to dynamic disruptor, it has to demonstrate its usefulness in making consumers' lives easier. As an example, Diamandis offers a scenario in which he goes clothes-shopping in a VR store:
"In the future what I project happening is at home you will have yourself 3D scanned down to the millimeter where it’s a private file, but my body shape exactly is in a file. I then enter into a virtual world and I have an AI there that is my shopping advisor. It says, 'Peter, what are you looking for?' I’m saying, 'You know I’m going to this amazing Hollywood party tomorrow night and I’m looking for something that’s stylish. I want to wear black.' And all of a sudden in this virtual world everything I see is in my size, in the colors I want, recommended by this AI."
Diamandis would then have the option to watch a fashion show in which his virtual reality avatar models fashions until he decides the one he wants. After that, the outfit is either custom-made for him right there via 3D printing or delivered automatically that afternoon by robots from a local factory. And just like that, Diamandis has circumvented the mall, a tailor, and the current Amazon online shopping model as a whole.
"So it’s an experience where when I want something, I know I will get exactly what I’m looking for, fitting for me. So that’s the future of the virtual retail store if you would and why I think virtual reality is going to do effectively a hundred-fold improvement over what the Amazon experience is today."
That's a visceral example of virtual reality's capabilities to reshape the way business is done. By disrupting both brick-and-mortar clothes stores and traditional online shopping, VR will have taken a major step forward in its exponential growth cycle. Smart and savvy exponential entrepreneurs would therefore be wise to find ways to explore, innovate, and create wealth from this emerging technology before it's too late.
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- Alcohol is the world's most popular drug and has been a part of human culture for at least 9,000 years.
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- Understanding how alcohol affects your brain can help you determine what drinking habits are best for you.
If you want to know what makes a Canadian lynx a Canadian lynx a team of DNA sequencers has figured that out.
- A team at UMass Amherst recently sequenced the genome of the Canadian lynx.
- It's part of a project intending to sequence the genome of every vertebrate in the world.
- Conservationists interested in the Canadian lynx have a new tool to work with.
If you want to know what makes a Canadian lynx a Canadian lynx, I can now—as of this month—point you directly to the DNA of a Canadian lynx, and say, "That's what makes a lynx a lynx." The genome was sequenced by a team at UMass Amherst, and it's one of 15 animals whose genomes have been sequenced by the Vertebrate Genomes Project, whose stated goal is to sequence the genome of all 66,000 vertebrate species in the world.
Sequencing the genome of a particular species of an animal is important in terms of preserving genetic diversity. Future generations don't necessarily have to worry about our memory of the Canadian Lynx warping the way hearsay warped perception a long time ago.
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13th-century fantastical depiction of an elephant.
It is easy to see how one can look at 66,000 genomic sequences stored away as being the analogous equivalent of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It is a potential tool for future conservationists.
But what are the practicalities of sequencing the genome of a lynx beyond engaging with broad bioethical questions? As the animal's habitat shrinks and Earth warms, the Canadian lynx is demonstrating less genetic diversity. Cross-breeding with bobcats in some portions of the lynx's habitat also represents a challenge to the lynx's genetic makeup. The two themselves are also linked: warming climates could drive Canadian lynxes to cross-breed with bobcats.
John Organ, chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Cooperative Fish and Wildlife units, said to MassLive that the results of the sequencing "can help us look at land conservation strategies to help maintain lynx on the landscape."
What does DNA have to do with land conservation strategies? Consider the fact that the food found in a landscape, the toxins found in a landscape, or the exposure to drugs can have an impact on genetic activity. That potential change can be transmitted down the generative line. If you know exactly how a lynx's DNA is impacted by something, then the environment they occupy can be fine-tuned to meet the needs of the lynx and any other creature that happens to inhabit that particular portion of the earth.
Given that the Trump administration is considering withdrawing protection for the Canadian lynx, a move that caught scientists by surprise, it is worth having as much information on hand as possible for those who have an interest in preserving the health of this creature—all the way down to the building blocks of a lynx's life.
The exploding popularity of the keto diet puts a less used veggie into the spotlight.
- The cauliflower is a vegetable of choice if you're on the keto diet.
- The plant is low in carbs and can replace potatoes, rice and pasta.
- It can be eaten both raw and cooked for different benefits.
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