On Friday morning I attended a presentation given by Dr. Peter Diamondis, Chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation. Through this organization Dr. Diamondis is pushing the world’s top minds to expand our ability to enter space and accomplish other world-changing feats.
Through the X Prize Foundation he’s offered $10 million for the first private spaceflight to accommodate three civilians to space, as well as $10 million for 100 mile-per-gallon equivalent cars.
Diamondis believes that today’s media is acting as modern-day drug pushers, with the drug of choice being negative news. In reality, says Diamondis, there is much to be excited about, and that we are living in a world of abundance and bright prospects.
In his forthcoming book Bold, a follow-up to New York Times bestseller Abundance, Diamondis lays out his beliefs that the future is bright due to entrepreneurs using technological advances, an open mindset, and crowd-sourcing to accomplish new breakthroughs in science and technology.
One focal point of the presentation was Diamondis’s belief that some of the most radical and exciting changes will occur in health. We will live in a world where health care moves from reactive – what is wrong with me and how do I temporarily deal with it? – toproactive. We will wear biometric sensors that guide us towards health improvement, monitoring our blood and other body markers. This should have an enormous impact on the quality of life for everyone around the world.
What does increased longevity bring?
- Greater number of productive working years, which leads to —
- Greater economic growth, which leads to —
- Reduction (or elimination) of poverty and –
- Enhanced quality of life
Despite what we hear in the news on the web and on TV, we have many reasons to be excited. The future is indeed bright.