Game Changer Session: Creating an Age of Abundance

Presenter: Peter Diamandis
Monday August 13, 8:45 – 10:00 am
Room: Ballroom D3 East Fork
Hashtag: #asae12 LD4
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Peter Diamandis has co-authored Abundance 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. 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 will 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 this session, Diamandis, examining human need by category—water, food, energy, healthcare, education, communication, and freedom—will address how a range of powerful technologies such as synthetic biology, embedded networks and cloud computing, 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 Game Changer session about how we rise to meet it.  Feel free to stay in the room afterwards to discuss in more detail Peter’s message with your colleagues. Peter Diamandis is focused on driving breakthroughs in products, companies and industries. He is passionate about solving some of the world’s grand challenges.  He has worked with Fortune 100 companies, government leaders and captains of industry over the past 15 years. In 2010 Diamandis was named  winner of the Economist “No Boundaries” award for “meta-innovation—driving innovation in the way people innovate.”
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