Exponential Wisdom

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.

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Nov. 18, 2017
Peter and Dan discuss the latest technologies in the transportation industry. Electric autonomous cars, Virgin Hyperloop One, flying vehicles like Airbus and Uber Elevate, and Elon Musk’s Boring Company and SpaceX rockets.   In this episode: Peter compares today’s (2018 – 2022) transportation transition to early 20th century history, when mass-produced cars started to outpace the horse and buggy in 1908. Dan gives an example of the early adoption of autonomous elevators having an effect on the retail industry. Peter summarizes the implications of “car as a service,” which he believes will be 5-10x cheaper than owning a car because of the loss of car insurance, fuel, parking lots, not to mention fewer car accidents. Peter gives an update on Virgin Hyperloop One and a few companies creating autonomous flying vehicles. How does this change where you live? Where you work? As transportation becomes more agile, faster and cheaper, Dan and Peter discuss why humanity will spread out.
Nov. 3, 2017
Peter and Dan delve into a number of dangerous ideas, including changing government, healthcare, and education, and discuss how these opinions are less than a decade away.   In this episode: Peter describes a world where the blockchain enables 100% trust among strangers, which will disrupt current governments and many industries. Dan discusses why he is constantly renewing relationships with people younger and younger. One key to his goal of extreme longevity is “you feel the same age as the person you’re interacting with.” Peter talks about his belief that we are rapidly heading towards the end of petroleum era and moving into an all-electric economy.
Oct. 19, 2017
Peter and Dan revisit Peter’s 6 D’s of exponentials framework and discuss a new thinking tool created to help entrepreneurs measure how they are using technology in their companies and their lives.   In this episode: Peter describes the origin story of the 6 D’s of exponentials and why the concept has held true over this period of rapid change. Dan explains his thinking tool to help entrepreneurs measure their technology use and his belief that, when we first use a new technology, we must build confidence by finding a use case that fits with our everyday experience. Peter and Dan discuss humanity’s ability to make constant progress using tools to build better tools, and their shared belief that adopting new technology is going to allow us to do more.
Oct. 9, 2017
Peter and Dan discuss a common conversation theme in Silicon Valley — namely, that most people have no idea how quickly things are changing — and how technology has caused the world to move at an accelerated pace.   In this episode: Peter gives short overview of Moore’s Law, the history of computation and the exponential growth in this field. Dan and Peter discuss the number people using technology being the driving force that is causing more innovations, new ideas and ultimately new technologies. Peter tells the story of interviewing Marc Andreesen, an American entrepreneur, software engineer and co-creator of Netscape, the first web browser… and how, during that interview, he came up with the idea of the “interface moment,” which is the moment an exponentially growing technology becomes usable by entrepreneurs to generate massive revenue.
Sept. 24, 2017
Peter and Dan discuss a conversation they had in 2013 that led to the creation of the Abundance 360 executive summit and the 25-year framework behind the idea.     In this episode: Peter describes how the 25-year framework changed his life, why this mindset shift becomes an organizing principle, and how it allows you to patiently focus on the goal. Dan discusses the concept of “The Gap”: the permanent distance between the ideal and the actual, and useful tools to help with measuring progress to big audacious goals. Peter talks about the “accessible possible” concept introduced by Dan Sullivan, why it’s powerful and how this has shaped the curation of Abundance 360.
Sept. 9, 2017
Peter and Dan discuss entrepreneurial commercial space. Why is this happening now? Which companies are the most exciting to watch?     In this episode: Peter describes three reasons this is happening now: individuals concentrating massive wealth, the explosion of material sciences, and how the field of artificial intelligence has taken simulation to the next level. Peter gives a brief history of the space shuttle programs of the U.S. and Russia and discusses the dematerialization and demonetization of launch vehicles built by entrepreneurs today. Peter discusses why asteroids are important in the future of space travel, what his company Planetary Resources is doing to mine these near-Earth asteroids, and why he believes the next Gold Rush is in space.
Aug. 17, 2017
In Episode 27: Evidence of Abundance, Peter and Dan discussed the 6 D’s framework and how this model is a road map to contextualize exponential technologies. In this episode, they dig deeper into the first step, Digitization, and why spending energy early on will ultimately lead to an enormous amount of time saved. In this episode: Peter and Dan each give examples of digitizing processes in everyday life: for example, governments using Global Entry to digitize the analog customs process, ultimately saving time and energy. What are the three most important digital improvements you can make 90 days from now, and what’s the first step you’re going to take? Dan asks three questions that make this process easily applicable to entrepreneurs in their current business. Peter discusses the fallacy of “waiting to get it right” in the analog world, and why acting early, getting feedback from your audience, and then iterating rapidly and experimenting is the mechanism for success in today’s world.
July 24, 2017
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
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
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.”
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