Peter H. Diamandis, MD Founder, Executive Chairman, XPRIZE Foundation Executive Founder and Director, Singularity University.
Fortune Magazine recently named Peter Diamandis as one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders.
Diamandis is the Founder & Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the Executive Founder and Director of Singularity University; a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world's biggest challenges and build a better future for all.
As an entrepreneur, Diamandis has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital, and education. He is also co-founder of BOLD Capital Partners, a venture fund with $250M investing in exponential technologies.
Diamandis is a New York Times Bestselling author of two books: Abundance & BOLD. He earned degrees in Molecular Genetics and Aerospace Engineering from MIT and holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
Peter’s favorite saying is “the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.
Diamandis is the leading figure in the Space Commercialization industry, having founded and run many of the leading companies such as Zero Gravity Corporation, Space Adventures, the Rocket Racing League, and International Space University to name a few. He is the recipient of the Economist No Boundaries Award, the Heinlein Award, Armstrong, Lindbergh, Von Braun, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards for his work. In this engaging, fun and visionary presentation Diamandis outlines Humanity’s future in space how we will travel there, build industries and launch future civilizations.
Diamandis provides an overview of the key exponentially growing technologies, covering topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Computational Systems, 3D printing, Medicine/NeuroSystems, Bioinformatics, Robotics, Network Systems, Nanomaterials, and Biotechnology.
Diamandis discusses how breakthroughs in these areas will transform products, companies, industries and even society over the next twenty years. He provides key insights on how human society has transformed from Local & Linear to Global & Exponential. This change is causing the creation of new billion dollar start-ups out of nowhere, and the demise of 50-year-old billion dollar companies overnight.
Through Diamandis’ work as Chairman and Co-Founder of Singularity University and Chairman/CEO of X PRIZE, he addresses the impact that exponentially growing technology has on companies, governments, and humanity. He speaks to the potential of creating a world of abundance, and the empowerment of small groups of do-it-yourself technologists to do what only governments or large corporations could do before.
Diamandis has co-authored Abundance (Simon & Schuster, Feb. 2012) in which he lays out how we will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions. An antidote to pessimism by tech entrepreneur turned philanthropist, Peter H. Diamandis.
Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing fast. The authors document how four forces exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the Rising Billion are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. Abundance establishes hard targets for change and lays out a strategic roadmap for governments, industry and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.
In his keynote address, Diamandis examining human need by category water, food, energy, healthcare, education, communication and freedom Diamandis addresses how a range of powerful technologies such as synthetic biology, embedded networks and cloud computer, AI and robotics, biotechnology and medicine are transforming what was once scarce into something abundant.
Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge this is a keynote about how we rise to meet it.
Diamandis is a dynamic inspirational speaker who provides real value to his audience by showing them how to drive and incentivize breakthrough thinking within their company in order to achieve clear, measurable and objective results. Based on the success of the Ansari X PRIZE (which stimulated the creation of billion-dollar private spaceflight industry) and the success of the $10M Progressive Automotive X PRIZE, Diamandis explains how to incentivize breakthroughs. Diamandis explains how traditional thinking, risk-aversion and incrementalism will cause the demise of companies unable to cope with the coming decades of disruptive innovation.
Through concrete examples and lessons, Diamandis addresses two options:
- Internal: How to create a culture of innovation within your company; or,
- External: How to incentivize the outside world to help you solve your biggest problems.
Diamandis explains how the rapid growth of key exponential technologies (Nano, Info, Bio) are empowering individuals and small companies to do what only governments were able to achieve only a few decades ago. Such technologies will drive a period of significant disruption and/or opportunity depending on the company’s mind-set. Diamandis’ ultimate message is that companies cannot remain stagnant. They must evolve or they will die.