A talk by innovation pioneer and X PRIZE founder Peter Diamandis
In twenty years will the world be better than it is now or worse? According to author and futurist Dr. Peter H. Diamandis it could be far better than you think and more abundant than can be imagined. When one hears about this idea of a world of abundance immediately the thought of our worlds limited natural resources comes to mind. How could such a world ever come into being when our planet has finite resources that are too often exploited, fought over and in many instances simply squandered. The media bombards us with negative images and messages of a world on the brink of collapse, but these messages may only tell part of the story. Many of the technological advancements achieved over the past two decades have vastly empowered individuals globally in ways that would not have been impossible just a few decades ago. In his new book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think Diamandis argues that the solutions to the world’s problems will need to come from people like you, by leveraging these powerful emergent technologies.
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Electron Beam Free Form Fabrication
The World’s First Multi Material 3D Printer
Five Disruptive Technology Game Changers
The IBM Watson Supercomputer moves to Medicine
Nanocables and Graphene Poised to Light The World
Michael Pritchard’s water filter turns filthy water drinkable
Unconventional Fusion Research The Forbidden Science
How Nano Scale Materials Will Enable Next Generation Energy Production
Argonne National Lab close to breakthrough in nuclear waste recycling technology
Under our current system we treat nature as if it is a subset of our economy, we assume that we can continue to extract natural resources from the Earth, transform those resources into usable goods and return them back to the Earth in a toxic form. The reality is there are limits to this form of commerce,resources on this planet are finite, ultimately we will use up all the gold,silver, coltan, and iorn ore the Earth has to offer. However the mineral resources in space are vastly greater than those available on Earth. According to Peter Diamandis “There are twenty-trillion-dollar checks up there, waiting to be cashed. The things we fight wars over, such as metals, minerals and real estate, exist in infinite quantities in space.” He believes that the first trillionaires will make their fortunes in space.