Big Think Interview With Peter Diamandis

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

 Peter Diamandis
In a Big Think conversation with Peter Diamandis provides a background on the dynamic visionary behind the recently announced Planetary Resources, the X Prize, Singularity University, Space Adventures and many more ventures that are helping to shape our future.
Peter Diamandis is an international pioneer in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in the sector. He is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight. He is also the Executive Chairman of Singularity University based in Silicon Valley.

His latest venture, Planetary Resources has recently announced that it plans to conduct a scaled operation to mine asteroids.

Diamandis serves as Co-Founder and Co-Vice Chairman of Space Adventures, the only company to have brokered the launches of private citizens to the International Space Station.  He 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. He has won multiple awards, including the 2007 Arthur C. Clarke Award for innovation, the 2006 Lindbergh Award, the 2006 Neil Armstrong Award for Aerospace Achievement and Leadership, 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.”

"If you stop and you think about everything we hold of value on this planet, metal, minerals, energy, real estate, the things that nations fight wars over.  These things are in near infinite quantities out there.  If you believe that the developing world deserves the same standards of living that we do in the developed world, then to achieve that, they need resources.  They need the metals and the minerals to build the industries and the buildings and so forth, and the energy.  The question is, do you continue to rape and pillage Earth, or if you have the ability to extract that information from outside resources, outside of Earth, then that would be a mechanism to uplift the bottom billion or so of society." 

SOURCE  Big Think

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