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Peter Diamandis
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Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of XPRIZE, 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.

Diamandis recently co-Authored Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think.

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 his 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!”

Entries by Peter Diamandis

Announcing My Boldest Mission Yet

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 3:31 PM

I'm writing to tell you about the boldest XPRIZE I've ever launched.

...and I want you involved.

There are nearly one billion illiterate people on Earth.

Two-thirds of them are women; 250 million of them are children.

These are kids who can't read, write or do basic math.


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Disruption of the Electric Utility

(13) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Today's Evidence of Abundance is about renewable energy.

Check out the first graph below, showing the massive increase in alternative energy investments between 2004 and 2011 (over $300 billion as of 2011).

It was under $50 million just 10 years ago. That's a 500 percent increase in...

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Evidence of Abundance #10: Living Longer

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Nothing matters more than your health. Healthy living is priceless. What millionaire wouldn't pay dearly for an extra 10 or 20 years of healthy aging?

That's why one of the most important indicators of abundance today is the massive global increase in life expectancy.

In 1820, the average lifespan was...

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Evidence of Abundance #9: Curing Addiction and Disease

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 6:44 PM

Below are two powerful graphs in "Health Abundance" I wanted to share this week.

First is the massive reduction in smoking from 45 percent in the 1960s to 25 percent today. The bad news is that smoking is still the #1 preventable cause of death in the United States. Cigarette...

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Evidence of Abundance #8: Increasing Health

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 1:28 PM

Nothing is more precious than life... especially the life of your child.

Which is why my report today about "abundance" and "health" is so powerful.

Let's start with the fact that in the U.S., infant mortality rates have plummeted significantly since 1900. In fact, when you look at today's numbers,...

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Humin: The Next Billion-Dollar App?

(8) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 3:34 PM

I decided to invest in my first app.

It's called Humin, and it launched this week (and was the #1 trending app on launch day).

It is going to make life easier (and it's going to be the next billion-dollar company).

Allow me explain why it's so epic...

Context is...

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Stories of Abundance: The Robber Barons

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Today, we don't blink an eye when the world's wealthiest individuals donate enormous sums of money to charitable causes. In fact, we expect them to do so.

But large-scale philanthropy hasn't always been a part of history. If you look back 600 years ago, royals' sole goal was to keep...

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Evidence of Abundance #7: Empowering Women

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 6:01 PM

This week, our Evidence of Abundance focuses on empowering women.

Over history, women haven't had equal access, but data today is showing an extraordinary shift in this paradigm.

The following graph depicts the percentage of degrees awarded to women, using data from the U.S. Department of Education and the National...

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Stories of Abundance: Think Different

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:41 AM

In Abundance, I wrote that you have to be a little crazy to change the world, and you can't really fake it.

Without this commitment to innovative thinking, true breakthroughs can't happen.

I've included the full excerpt below for some inspiration.

***Beginning of Abundance Excerpt: Think Different***

In 1997 Apple...

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Evidence of Abundance #6: Reduced Violence

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Last week, I shared two key datasets showing that global violence is going down.

This week, I've got even more proof for you.

This is one of the most important areas you can share with your friends and family, especially if they have a negative mindset.

Nothing gets us down...

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Stories of Abundance: The Power of YOU

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Do you know why I'm so insistent on the notion that one person -- one bold entrepreneur -- has the power to change the world?

Because world history is riddled with examples of how a single DIY innovator has shaped the future.

Take Stewart Brand, who I wrote about in...

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What the News Media Won't Tell You About Global Violence

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:11 PM

I call CNN the Crisis News Network (or the Calamity News Network), delivering all crisis, all the time...

Today's news media is a drug pusher, and negative news is their drug.

It might interest you to know that violence around the world has actually been going down, and has been...

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How to Plan a Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 12:40 PM

How did a simple Facebook group mobilize 12 million people in 40 countries in just one month?

That's exactly what Oscar Morales accomplished when, in 2008, he created a Facebook group called A Million Voices Against FARC.

I wrote about his story in Abundance -- the excerpt follows.

You've heard...

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Does Tech Improve Your Quality of Life?

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Have you ever heard people say that technology is getting in the way of human interaction? Or that our high-tech, always-connected world is making us miserable?

I've seen those stories too. But what they don't mention is that tech is actually contributing to our happiness.

This week's Evidence of Abundance...

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Where's the Gold in Your Data? Turning $500,000 Into $3 Billion

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 12:01 PM


I collect a lot of data. We all do.

The fact is that data are worth a lot of money.

Google and Facebook built $100 billion-plus companies based on mining data. Shouldn't you?

In Abundance, I wrote about my friend Rob McEwen, chairman...

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Travel Safely: Evidence of Abundance #3

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:14 AM

My Abundance topic for this week is transportation, and specifically the vast improvements we've made in safety for cars and planes.

The following chart shows automobile and airline fatalities over time.

We begin in 1923, when the automotive industry was only about 20 years old. Look at the reduction in...

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Dunbar's Number: Why Celebrity Train Wrecks Grab Your Attention

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Millions of years ago, our brains became wired to remember about 150 people as "close friends".

This is probably because early hominid tribes gathered in communities of that size.

Today, this explains why an infantry company organizes around that size, and why smaller companies (e.g., less than 150 in size)...

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Evidence of Abundance #2: Maternal and Infant Mortality

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:32 PM

A hundred years ago, child birth was risky and infant mortality rates were horrific.

How would you feel if 30 percent of infants died? Or if 900 expectant mothers out of every 100,000 died giving birth?

But thanks to technology, the reality today is far different.

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From Beer to Caffeine: The Birth of Innovation

(8) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 5:46 PM

Three hundred years ago, during the Age of Enlightenment, the coffee house became the center of innovation.

Back then, most people went from drinking beer to consuming coffee (i.e. from being tipsy to being wired) and ideas started exploding.

The details of this story are important (and fun) one for...

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Evidence of Abundance #1: More Leisure, Less Work

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 9:35 PM

Is technology making you work harder? Or giving you more time off?

Seriously, it feels like it's enabling me to work around the clock! Heck, I'm writing this email at 37,000 feet on a Virgin America flight from DC to LA at 11 p.m. ET.

So that being said, I...

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