Futurist; Chairman and CEO, X Prize Foundation; Co-founder & Chairman, Singularity University and Co-author, Abundance: The Future Is Better than You Think
Ladies and Gentleman, it is with great pleasure that I get to introduce to you a man who was just named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” – by Fortune Magazine – Dr. Peter Diamandis.
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space.
In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight. Today the X PRIZE leads the world in designing and operating large-scale global competitions to solve market failures.
Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges.
In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and mining of asteroid for precious materials.
Diamandis is the New York Times Bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think. Abundance was #1 on Amazon and #2 on New York Times.
He earned an undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics and a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
Diamandis’ mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. His personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”
Achieving Innovation & Breakthroughs
Diamandis shows how organizations can drive breakthrough thinking to achieve clear, measurable objective results. Using the success of his X-PRIZE Foundation, Diamandis explains how traditional thinking and risk-aversion will hurt companies unable to cope with upcoming decades of disruptive innovation. He also addresses how rapidly growing key exponential technologies are empowering individuals and small companies. Diamandis’ ultimate message is that companies must evolve or die.
Creating an Age of Abundance
Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed by exhaustive research, introduces a future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions. Diamandis examines human need by category–water, food, energy, healthcare, education, communication and freedom–and addresses how a range of powerful technologies are transforming scarcity into abundance.
Diamandis discusses society’s transformation from “Local & Linear” to “Global & Exponential,” which has created billion-dollar start-ups while destroying 50-year-old billion-dollar companies overnight. As head of Singularity University and X PRIZE, Diamandis sees the impact that exponentially growing technology has on companies, governments, and humanity and speaks to empowering “DIY technologists” to achieve what was formerly impossible for them.
Opening the Space Frontier
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.