Peter Diamandis

  • Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of "The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders" – by Fortune Magazine.

In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight.

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 prospecting of asteroid for precious materials. He is also the Co-Founder of Space Adventures and Zero-Gravity Corporation.

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

 
  

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  • Jeff Berman, General Manager, NFL Digital Media
  • Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor, California
  • Brendon Burchard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaire Messenger and THE CHARGE
  • Jim Robo, CEO, NextEra Energy
  • Irene M. Thompson, President and CEO, UHC
  • Nancy DePaolo, University HealthSystem Consortium
  • Sir Ken Robinson, Author, Speaker, (most viewed TED Talk) and International Leader in Education & Creativity
  • Carlos Dominguez, Sr. Vice President, Cisco
  • Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman & CEO of GE
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Creating an Age of Abundance

Abundance for all is within our grasp. We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerfu ...

Abundance for all is within our grasp. We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. 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.

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. Diamandis documents 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—and addresses how a range of powerful technologies such as synthetic biology, embedded networks and cloud computers, AI and robotics, biotechnology and medicine are transforming what was once scarce into something abundant. Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge, and Diamandis discusses how we rise to meet that challenge.

Achieving Innovation and Breakthroughs

Based on the success of the Ansari X PRIZE (which stimulated the creation of the billion-dollar private spaceflight industry) and more recently the launch of the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, Diamandis discusses how to incentivize innovative thinking and breakthroughs. He explains how traditional think ...

Based on the success of the Ansari X PRIZE (which stimulated the creation of the billion-dollar private spaceflight industry) and more recently the launch of the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, Diamandis discusses how to incentivize innovative thinking and breakthroughs. He explains how traditional thinking, risk-aversion, and incrementalism causes the demise of companies unable to cope with the changes brought by disruptive innovation. Diamandis discusses how the rapid growth of key exponential technologies (nano, info, bio) is empowering individuals and companies to do what only governments were able to achieve in past decades. With the message of “evolve or die,” Diamandis is a dynamic, inspirational speaker who provides real value to his audience by showing them how to drive breakthrough thinking focused on achieving clear, measurable, and objective results.

Exponential Technologies Causing Disruptive Innovation

Diamandis provides an overview of how humanity has evolved from being “local and linear” to “global and exponential” and how this change has caused the demise of companies overnight while bringing about the creation of new start-ups out of nowhere. He explains how key exponen ...

Diamandis provides an overview of how humanity has evolved from being “local and linear” to “global and exponential” and how this change has caused the demise of companies overnight while bringing about the creation of new start-ups out of nowhere. He explains how key exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, embedded networks, nanotechnology/materials, and human machine interfaces have the potential to transform society over the next twenty years. Through Diamandis’ work as chairman 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 ability of small groups of “do-it-yourself” technologists to do what only governments or large corporations could do before.

Opening the Space Frontier

Diamandis is the leading figure in the space commercialization industry, having founded and run many of its leading companies like Zero Gravity Corporation, Space Adventures, the Rocket Racing League, and International Space University. He is also the recipient of the Heinlein, Armstrong, Lindbergh, ...

Diamandis is the leading figure in the space commercialization industry, having founded and run many of its leading companies like Zero Gravity Corporation, Space Adventures, the Rocket Racing League, and International Space University. He is also the recipient of the Heinlein, 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.

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Biography

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. He is the also Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Space Adventures, the only company to have brokered the launches of private citizens to the International Space Station, and co-Founder, past-CEO of Zero Gravity Corporation providing weightless parabolic flights.

Diamandis is The New York Times Best Selling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think. Abundance was #1 on Amazon Best Seller list and #2 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

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.

He has won multiple awards, including the first Heinlein Laureate, the 2010 Economist “No Boundaries” Innovator of the Year Award, the 2007 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the 2006 Lindbergh Award, the 2006 Neil Armstrong Award and first place in the Estes rocket design contest when he was an 8th grader.

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.”