Exponential Wisdom
By Peter Diamandis & Dan Sullivan
About this podcast
Peter Diamandis and Dan Sullivan discuss how exponential technologies are creating massive opportunities for entrepreneurs all over the world and the impact of hyperconnectivity on global innovation.

Episodes (Total: 39 / Page: 1)
July 24, 2017 · 00:25:55
Peter and Dan discuss setting boundaries for kids and their gadgets. They explore the potential benefits and pitfalls of kids using technology and growing up in a world where every toy contains exponential technology.   In this episode: Peter discusses his belief that kids who are technologically literate often have a self-driven exploration that allows them to seek their passions. Dan believes during this technological revolution it is extremely difficult to make predictions 10 or 20 years into the future, whereas 50 years ago, teachers had a pretty accurate idea of what the world would be like in the future. Peter gives examples of toys and tools like YouTube Kids, and LEGOs that teach kids to be insanely curious, to have grit and don’t give up up until the task is completed.
July 10, 2017 · 00:19:30
Peter and Dan explore the history of innovation over centuries and the “adjacent possible,” a concept developed by Steven Johnson in his book “How We Got to Now.”     In this episode: Dan outlines how many entrepreneurs get caught up in future possibilities that aren’t immediately actionable, and analyzes the impact of this negative thinking pattern. Peter discusses why the pace of innovation is picking up and how exponential tools like artificial intelligence, nanotech and brain-computer interfaces are quickly becoming resources available to the masses. Dan talks about using a tool he developed at Strategic Coach for getting people in touch with what is truly possible and in their control.
June 11, 2017 · 00:26:09
Peter and Dan discuss the massive change coming to the energy industry -- in particular, the switch to an all-electric economy in the next 20 years. With governments and large corporations relying on oil and gas, they discuss how this disruption will impact society.   In this episode: Peter gives a brief history of the energy economy and how humanity has transitioned from firepower to solar. Dan discusses his belief that technology is not replaced by another technology unless there is at least a 10X improvement. Peter discusses his belief that car ownership is going to be dead by 2025, which means we no longer own a car, but instead own a “car as a service.”
May 26, 2017 · 00:19:44
Peter and Dan discuss the ability of artificial intelligence (AI) to make predictions far better than humans, given the explosion in the amount of data in recent years.     In this episode: Peter discusses how MogIA, an AI system developed by an Indian startup, correctly predicted the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, basing its analysis on 20 million data points from platforms such as Google, Twitter and YouTube. Dan talks about another implication of predictive AI in sports betting. One company Unanimous AI runs a program called UNU using swarm AI, which correctly predicted the 2016 MLB playoffs and the Chicago Cubs as the World Series winner. Peter and Dan discuss how we will find out the true meaning of “being a human” in the next few years as AI’s start becoming more and more capable.
May 2, 2017 · 00:22:45
Peter and Dan discuss awarding the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, which involved designing a portable wireless device that can monitor and diagnose health conditions from the palm of your hand. The prize concept originated during a lunch with Qualcomm’s Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs, a fellow Star Trek fan, when they decided the Tricorder medical device should exist. In this episode: Peter describes the power of incentive prizes with examples dating back to 1714, including the invention of canned food. Considering the vast amounts of data in the healthcare field, Dan and Peter explain why AI will have a major role in democratizing healthcare, and how an AI diagnosis will ultimately be better than the best human experts in the world. Peter describes the process of awarding a XPRIZE and the roadmap needed to bring technology to market.
April 17, 2017 · 00:20:48
Dan and Peter discuss their common desire to live a long and healthy life, and takeaways from Peter’s recent visit to a cutting-edge stem cell clinic in Panama.     In this episode: Peter discusses his belief that if we’re able to stay alive for the next 50 years, we will have access to converging technologies that can keep us alive indefinitely -- what Ray Kurzweil calls reaching “longevity escape velocity” Peter explains what stem cells are and why they have the ability to rejuvenate the body.  Watch this short animation for more information: https://youtu.be/y0R4iaVOswk Peter and Dan discuss the Young Blood experiments at Stanford University and what this research means for rejuvenating the human body.
March 31, 2017 · 00:18:37
Dan and Peter discuss the impact of artificial intelligence on humanity and the conversations happening around the world on this disruptive, exponentially growing technology.     In this episode: Peter explains his belief that AI will be one of the most important inventions the human race will ever create, in its ability to serve us. Dan discusses his belief that the greatest breakthroughs in any technological developments happen because of three things: toys, warfare and pornography. Peter mentions companies working on connecting the human brain to the cloud and how this evolution of a new species of humans will change our society.
March 5, 2017 · 00:21:13
In Episode 22, Dan explained his model of stabilizers and accelerators, and his belief that you can predict the major events in the news. This episode, Peter and Dan discuss how technology is changing the political process around the world, and what this means for entrepreneurs. In this episode: Dan and Peter discuss the work of Deb Roy, who runs the Laboratory for Social Machines at MIT and his deep data experiment with the 2016 U.S. election.
 Dan outlines his “Stabilizers and Accelerators” framework. To download the tool, click here. Dan concludes that he believes that in the short term, government will become more personal and local government will become more important.
Feb. 6, 2017 · 00:18:14
The word “moonshot” is a term that comes from X (formerly Google X) and, as used here, simply means a daring, seemingly impossible mission. When most of the world is trying to go 10% bigger, a moonshot is something that is 10X bigger. Peter and Dan discuss a new tool Peter developed to help you take moonshots. In this episode: Dan tells the story of Peter’s first moonshot when achieving suborbital flight with the Ansari XPRIZE in 2004. Peter discusses his 5 Year Moonshot Planner and why all progress begins with telling yourself the truth. To download the tool, click here. Peter and Dan break down Peter’s 5-year moonshot for XPRIZE and how “chunking” a massive initiative into smaller, immediate actions is the best way to think about moonshots.
Nov. 14, 2016 · 00:16:22
Peter and Dan discuss the implications of exponential technologies reinventing human reproduction. Imagine a near future where the process of having a child is not left up to the vagaries of Mendelian genetics, but to cutting-edge technology.    In this episode: Peter discusses how new technologies like CRISPR-Cas9 allow you to pass on the best genetic material to your kids -- and outlines the moral and ethical considerations. Dan explains why he believes “thinking processes” will always be useful. In a world with unlimited choice, focus is the key. Peter talks about why humanity is moving from evolution by natural selection (Darwinism) to evolution by intelligent direction at an accelerating pace.
Oct. 19, 2016 · 00:23:04
With exponential technologies accelerating at warp speed, Peter and Dan discuss how convergences of these technologies will impact life in 2017.     In this episode: Peter discusses which exponential technologies he’s most excited about in 2016 and 2017. Dan shares a story about individuals taking big risks to move technology forward. Peter and Dan mention the “First In Line” program for Strategic Coach members to fast-track their way into Abundance 360.
Sept. 18, 2016 · 00:21:57
If you want to create a successful, hyper-growth company, you've got to get one thing right: hiring. Peter and Dan discuss one of the most important aspects of being an entrepreneur -- attracting great people and recruiting them into the organization. In this episode: Peter discusses his takeaways from conversations with Jeff Holden (of Uber and Amazon Prime), including insights on the interview process and when to fire someone. Dan shares advice and lessons learned building Strategic Coach into an organization of over 120 people in three countries. Peter and Dan mention the Kolbe Corporation and why they give this assessment to all new hires. Read more about the test at kolbe.com.
Aug. 22, 2016 · 00:30:50
Peter took the stage at TED in 2012, when he delivered his talk about Abundance. In this episode, Peter and Dan take a look at ten charts with updated stats and data proving that the world is truly getting better.   In this episode: Peter gives updated Evidence of Abundance charts, see visuals at Diamandis.com/data and in this blog. Dan explains why the 6D’s have helped him see the world through an Abundance lens. Peter and Dan discuss why the news media delivers 10x more negative news than positive.
July 31, 2016 · 00:26:19
In Episode 6, Peter and Dan described how mindset plays a key role in living a long, healthy life, this time they share stories about how they each arrived at their ambitious longevity goals.   In this episode: Peter talks about Ray Kurzweil’s belief that children born today will have the ability to have an indefinite lifespan. Dan describes his thoughts on attitude and why the future is something you must work toward. Peter puts into perspective the amazing times we are living in, citing how the human lifespan has doubled over the last century. Dan mentions his visit to Human Longevity Inc., for the full story, listen to Episode 21 here.
July 18, 2016 · 00:21:01
Historically, your citizenship is defined by the language you speak, the currency you use, or where you live. In a world of massive globalization, however, these factors are becoming less important, and in this episode, Peter and Dan discuss the idea of virtual countries of the future. In this episode: Peter and Dan discuss “Brexit,” Britain’s exit from the European Union, and what this means for the future of trade. Peter talks about the idea of virtual countries and living in a world with like-minded individuals instead of those who share your language or religion. Dan and Peter discuss the state of exploration on Earth and what this means for current government systems.
June 19, 2016 · 00:25:16
We’re constantly in a state of information overload, and trying to focus on everything at once is overwhelming. Dan and Peter discuss a simple yet powerful tool they use to evaluate and objectively track progress, step by step. In this episode: Dan explains why scorecards have become his favorite tool to enable exponential growth in his business. You can’t track your progress unless you know where you’ve been and where you want to go. Peter discusses how he uses scorecards in each one of his businesses and even in his personal life. Dan explains how to deal with honesty in reporting and the effectiveness of digital diagnostic programs to ensure accuracy.
June 1, 2016 · 00:25:50
As an entrepreneur, the single most important thing you can do in business is continuous experimentation. You no longer need to guess how your customers will respond -- thanks to the technology we have today, it’s never been easier to make data-driven decisions. In This Episode: Peter and Dan continue their conversation on experimentation, discussing how some of the best companies in the world are measuring experiments and why it’s okay to kill your idea. Dan stresses the importance of testing ideas on “check-writers.” Peter and Dan discuss lessons learned and give real examples of times they fell in love with ideas and ultimately wasted time, money and resources.
May 15, 2016 · 00:25:53
With exponential technologies exploding into the market place changing industries and the way we live, Peter and Dan discuss what won't change in the next ten years. Regardless of technological change, it’s always courageous entrepreneurs bringing practical ideas into the marketplace. In This Episode: Peter and Dan look to the future and discuss what is NOT going to change in the next decade. Dan explains his model of stabilizers and accelerators and his belief that you can predict the major events in the news. Peter talks about the human need for connection and how interaction in society is changing from the local hangout in your town to digital connections with Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
May 1, 2016 · 00:28:39
In this episode, Dan discusses his recent trip to the Human Longevity Inc. Health Nucleus and why he believes it is the best clinical experience in the world. Many species on this planet live for hundreds of years, why should we accept a typical life expectancy of 70 or 80 years. In This Episode: Dan recaps his recent experience going through a full eight-hour day at the Human Longevity Inc. Health Nucleus. Peter and Dan explain their personal longevity goals and why they believe living more than 100 healthy years is doable. Peter gives examples of how algorithms with enough data are beginning to save clients by identifying early threats.
April 11, 2016 · 00:25:40
Unexpected convergent consequences... this is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once. An expert might be reasonably good at predicting the growth of a single exponential technology (e.g. the Internet of Things), but try to predict the future when A.I., Robotics, VR, Synthetic Biology, and Computation are all doubling, morphing and recombining… You have a very exciting future. In This Episode: Dan and Peter discuss their conversation with one of the world's leading experts in Virtual Reality (VR), Philip Rosedale, creator/founder of Second Life, and more recently the CEO of High Fidelity. As entrepreneurs and investors, Peter outlines the areas in AR/VR you should be focusing on, as the business opportunities are tremendous. Dan recaps his experience at one of the latest Augmented Reality demos and his thoughts on how this technology will transform travel and conferences.
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