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Peter H. Diamandis, MD

Peter H. Diamandis, MD

Executive Founder, Singularity University


Dr. Peter Diamandis was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

He is Executive Founder of Singularity University, a Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world’s leaders on exponentially growing technologies.

He is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions.

Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan.

In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and prospecting of asteroid for fuels and precious materials. He is the also Co-Founder of Space Adventures and Zero Gravity Corporation.

Diamandis is a New York Times Bestselling author of two books: Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.

He earned degrees in Molecular Genetics and Aerospace Engineering from the MIT, and holds an MD from Harvard Medical School.

His motto is, “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”

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From This Author


2 Connections That Will Unleash a Flood of Human Capital

We are about to massively increase the amount of human genius on Earth in two distinct ways. First, by identifying and connecting those geniuses that already exist, but lack access to the right tools (i.e....

Flying Cars, Aerial Ridesharing, and the Not-Too-Distant Future of Transport

In 2018, for the sixth straight year, Los Angeles earned the dubious honor of being the most gridlocked metropolis in the world, where the average driver spends 2.5 working weeks per year trapped in traffic. And countless...

In 2030, Our Protein Will Come From a Lab—and We’ll All Be Better Off For It

Could a hamburger grown in a lab from Kobe beef stem cells be cheaper, better tasting, and healthier for you? Can you imagine a future where millions of square miles of pastoral land are...

How 3D Printing, Vertical Farming, and Materials Science Are Overhauling Food

Food. What we eat, and how we grow it, will be fundamentally transformed in the next decade. Already, indoor farming is projected to be a US$40.25 billion industry by 2022, with a compound annual growth...

We Can’t Even Comprehend the Massive Data Haul We’ll Soon Get From Sensors

“Hey Google, how’s my health this morning?” “One moment,” says your digital assistant. It takes thirty seconds for the full diagnostic to run, as the system deploys dozens of sensors capturing gigabytes of data. Smart sensors in...

3D Printing Everything: Ultra-Cheap, Zero-Waste Products Are Coming

This blog is an excerpt from my next book The Future is Faster Than You Think, co-authored with Steven Kotler, to be released January 28th, 2020. 3D printing is about to transform manufacturing as we know...

How Augmented Reality Will Overhaul Our Most Crucial Industries

Augmented reality (AR) has already exceeded over 2,000 AR apps on over 1.4 billion active iOS devices. Even if on a rudimentary level, the technology is now permeating the consumer products space. And in just...

The Four Converging Technologies Giving Rise to the Spatial Web

How each of us sees the world is about to change dramatically. For all of human history, the experience of looking at the world was roughly the same for everyone. But boundaries between the digital...

Augmented 2030: the Apps, Headsets, and Lenses Getting Us There

Today, adults in the US spend over 11 hours a day looking at screens. That counts for more than a third of our livelihoods. Yet even though they serve as a portal to 90 percent...

Introducing the Augmented World of 2030

Augmented reality is about to add a digital intelligence layer to our every surrounding, transforming retail, manufacturing, education, tourism, real estate, and almost every major industry that holds up our economy today. Just last year,...

The Promise of Direct Air Capture: Making Stuff Out of Thin Air

Imagine making fuel, plastics, and concrete out of “thin air." That’s the promise of direct air capture (DAC), a technology that fundamentally disrupts our contemporary oil economy. Mimicking what already occurs in nature, DAC essentially...

The Age of Solar Energy Abundance Is Coming in Hot

Every five days, the sun provides the Earth with as much energy as all proven supplies of oil, coal, and natural gas. If humanity could capture just one 6,000th of Earth’s available solar energy, we’d be...

How the US Will Get to a 50 Percent Renewable Electric Economy by 2030

By 2030, more than 50 percent of the US economy will run on electricity derived from renewables. What are the implications as we shift the US and global energy economies away from fossil fuels? For the...

5 Blockchain Breakthroughs Coming in the Next 5 Years

In almost every industry you can think of, blockchain is poised to cut out middlemen, dramatically improve transparency, and multiply the efficiency of countless transactions worldwide. While most well-known for its application in cryptocurrencies, blockchain...

The Futuristic Tech Disrupting Real Estate and Construction

In the wake of the housing market collapse of 2008, one entrepreneur decided to dive right into the failing real estate industry. But this time, he didn’t buy any real estate to begin with....

The Next Space Race: Bezos vs. Musk

We are witnessing the next great space race. But this time, it's not the US vs. USSR. This race is between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. The aerospace industry has always been driven by competition....

5 Coming Breakthroughs in Energy and Transportation

The energy and transportation industries are being aggressively disrupted by converging exponential technologies. In just five days, the sun provides Earth with an energy supply exceeding all proven reserves of oil, coal, and natural gas....

5 Breakthroughs Coming Soon in Augmented and Virtual Reality

Convergence is accelerating disruption… everywhere! Exponential technologies are colliding into each other, reinventing products, services, and industries. In this third installment of my Convergence Catalyzer series, I’ll be synthesizing key insights from my annual entrepreneurs’...

AI Is About to Completely Change the Face of Entertainment

Twenty years ago, entertainment was dominated by a handful of producers and monolithic broadcasters, a near-impossible market to break into. Today, the industry is almost entirely dematerialized, while storytellers and storytelling mediums explode in number....

5 AI Breakthroughs We’ll Likely See in the Next 5 Years

Convergence is accelerating disruption… everywhere! Exponential technologies are colliding into each other, reinventing products, services, and industries. As AI algorithms such as Siri and Alexa can process your voice and output helpful responses, other AIs...

The Electrifying Mission of the First Private Lunar Spacecraft

In September 2007, I was joined on stage by Larry Page, Buzz Aldrin, and the deputy administrator of NASA to announce a $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE. The challenge we set was for a private...

AI and Robotics Are Transforming Disaster Relief

During the past 50 years, the frequency of recorded natural disasters has surged nearly five-fold. In this blog, I’ll be exploring how converging exponential technologies (AI, robotics, drones, sensors, networks) are transforming the future of...

5 Big Breakthroughs to Anticipate in 3D Printing

Convergence is accelerating disruption. Exponential technologies are colliding into each other, reinventing products, services, and industries. Over the course of my next five blogs, I’m going to summarize key insights from my annual CEO Summit called Abundance360 that...

Extending Human Longevity With Regenerative Medicine

Lizards can regrow entire limbs. Flatworms, starfish, and sea cucumbers regrow entire bodies. Sharks constantly replace lost teeth, often growing over 20,000 teeth throughout their lifetimes. How can we translate these near-superpowers to humans? The...

Traditional Higher Education Is Losing Relevance. Here’s What’s Replacing It

Should you go to graduate school? If so, why? If not, what are your alternatives? Millions of young adults across the globe—and their parents and mentors—find themselves asking these questions every year. Earlier this month,...

Imagining the Smart Cities of 2050

Tomorrow’s cities are reshaping almost every industry imaginable, and birthing those we’ve never heard of. Riding an explosion of sensors, megacity AI ‘brains', high-speed networks, new materials and breakthrough green solutions, cities are quickly becoming...

The Smart Cities of the Future Are Already Taking Off

By 2040, about two-thirds of the world’s population will be concentrated in urban centers. Over the decades ahead, 90 percent of this urban population growth is predicted to flourish across Asia and Africa. Already, 1,000...

How Tech Will Let You Learn Anything, Anytime, at Any Age

Today, over 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone with access to the world’s information and near-limitless learning resources. Yet nearly 36 million adults in the US are constrained by low literacy skills, excluding them from...

The Next Data-Driven Healthtech Revolution

Increasing your healthspan (i.e. making 100 years old the new 60) will depend to a large degree on artificial intelligence. And, as we saw in last week’s blog, healthcare AI systems are extremely data-hungry. Fortunately, a...

AI Is Rapidly Augmenting Healthcare and Longevity

When it comes to the future of healthcare, perhaps the only technology more powerful than CRISPR is artificial intelligence. Over the past five years, healthcare AI startups around the globe raised over $4.3 billion across...

How Genome Sequencing and Senolytics Can Help Us Live Healthier, Longer

The causes of aging are extremely complex and unclear. With the dramatic demonetization of genome reading and editing over the past decade, and Big Pharma, startups, and the FDA starting to face aging as a...

To Extend Our Longevity, First We Must Understand Why We Age

Healthcare today is reactive, retrospective, bureaucratic, and expensive. It's sick care, not healthcare. But that is radically changing at an exponential rate. Through this multi-part blog series on longevity, I’ll take a deep dive into aging, longevity,...

How AR and VR Will Shape the Future of Work and Play

How we work and play is about to transform. After a prolonged technology “winter”—or what I like to call the ‘deceptive growth’ phase of any exponential technology—the hardware and software that power virtual (VR) and...

Virgin Galactic’s Spaceflight and the Power of Grit

Moonshots are hard. Sometimes they take decades, or cost billions of dollars, and sometimes they take human life. Early this week, I jumped in my plane and flew up to the Mojave Spaceport at 5am to...

How the Spatial Web Will Transform Every Element of Our Careers

What is the future of work? Is our future one of ‘technological socialism’ (where technology is taking care of our needs)? Or is our future workplace completely virtualized, whereby we hang out at home...

How the Spatial Web Will Fix What’s Broken About the Internet

Converging exponential technologies will transform media, advertising and the retail world. The world we see, through our digitally-enhanced eyes, will multiply and explode with intelligence, personalization, and brilliance. This is the age of Web 3.0. Last...

The Spatial Web Will Map Our 3D World—And Change Everything In the Process

The boundaries between digital and physical space are disappearing at a breakneck pace. What was once static and boring is becoming dynamic and magical. For all of human history, looking at the world through our...

Will Tech Make Insurance Obsolete in the Future?

We profit from it, we fear it, and we find it impossibly hard to quantify: risk. While not the sexiest of industries, insurance can be a life-saving protector, pooling everyone’s premiums to safeguard against some of...

Could Tech Make Government As We Know It Irrelevant?

Governments are one of the last strongholds of an undigitized, linear sector of humanity, and they are falling behind fast. Apart from their struggle to keep up with private sector digitization, federal governments are...

3 Big Ways Tech Is Disrupting Global Finance

Disruptive business models are often powered by alternative financing. In Part 1 of this series, I discussed how mobile is redefining money and banking and shared some of the dramatic transformations in the global remittance infrastructure. In...

The Biggest Tech-Driven Changes Happening in Finance and Banking

The CIA estimates over $80 trillion of global value is stored in cash, banknotes, money markets, and bank accounts. As of 2017, a mere $5 trillion of this was in the form of cold, hard...

A Model for the Future of Education

As kids worldwide head back to school, I’d like to share my thoughts on the future of education. Bottom line, how we educate our kids needs to radically change given the massive potential of exponential...

The 4 Waves of AI: Who Will Own the Future of Technology?

Recently, I picked up Kai-Fu Lee’s newest book, AI Superpowers. Kai-Fu Lee is one of the most plugged-in AI investors on the planet, managing over $2 billion between six funds and over 300 portfolio companies in...

China Is Quickly Becoming an AI Superpower

Last year, China’s government put out its plan to lead the world in AI by 2030. As Eric Schmidt has explained, “It’s pretty simple. By 2020, they will have caught up. By 2025, they will...

Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent: The Rise of China’s Tech Giants

Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent (BAT) are now valued at a combined $1 trillion USD. Alibaba and Tencent alone now account for almost one-third of the MSCI China Index, fueling its 47 percent gain in 2017. As of this...

The Astounding Growth of Chinese VC—and the Tech It’s Flowing Into

Over the course of the next month, I will be releasing a series of China-centered articles, leading up to my webinar with Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, one of the most plugged-in AI investors on the planet and...

In the Future, We’ll Know Everything—Thanks to This Tech

We’re rapidly approaching the era of abundant knowledge—a time when you can know anything you want, anywhere you want, anytime you want. An era of radical transparency. By 2020, it’s estimated we’ll have 50 billion...

4 Billion New Minds Online: The Coming Era of Connectivity

In the next 6 years, 4 billion “new minds” are about to be connected to the world wide web, at gigabit connection speeds, at near zero-cost. By 2024, we are connecting every person on Earth to the...

The 4 Tools Making Capital More Abundant Than It’s Ever Been

Nothing accelerates technological innovation like cash. Lots and lots of cash. More bucks means more Buck Rogers. More cash means more people building, experimenting, failing, and eventually driving breakthroughs. In December 2017, I wrote about the...

Traditional Advertising Is Soon to Be History. Here’s What Will Replace It

This year (2018), the global advertising industry is projected to surpass $550 billion. Advertising revenues have driven Google’s valuation to >$700 billion, and Facebook to >$500 billion. All of that is about to change. What...

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