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Peter Diamandis on Singularity 1 on 1: Singularity University is Starfleet Academy for the World’s Biggest Challenges

Last week I was privileged to get a 30 min interview with Peter Diamandis for Singularity 1 on 1.

(As always you can listen to or download the audio file above or scroll down and watch the video interview in full.)

Peter is not a very tall man but I have to say that he has the energy of a giant because interviewing him is like plugging into a nuclear power plant – afterwords I felt as if I got 10 gigawatts worth of energy straight into my batteries.

During our conversation we discuss issues such as: his personal background and early childhood dream to become an asteroid space-miner; his motivation, goals and aspirations for Singularity University; his personal 10^9 project (aimed at positively impacting the lives of a billion people within 10 years); the book on abundance that he is currently working on; his take on the technological singularity and our chances of surviving it.

I would like to thank Singularity University for allowing me to use their campus studio and especially Matt Rutherford for his crucial support in filming.

Who is Peter Diamandis?

Dr. Diamandis is a self-admitted nine-year-old child-space-enthusiast and a visionary who dreams big and has the resume to prove that “the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.” Just some of his resume highlights include: the Founder and Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation; co-Founder and Managing Director of Space Adventures; the CEO and co-founder of Zero Gravity Corporation; and, most recently, the Rocket Racing League; the International Space University and the Singularity University. (If you want to learn more about Peter Diamandis visit his profile page on SingularitySymposium.com)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Danaylov/679575645 Julie Danaylov

    Wow! At long last I am so happy to finally hear/see this interview!

    I love Peter’s optimism: “I am adamant that every problem on the planet is solvable…” What an outstanding human being. Peter really is an inspiration to us all. Hopefully you can interview him again after his book “Abundance” is published.

    Excellent! Who’s up next? Ray perhaps?

  • http://singularityblog.singularitysymposium.com/ Socrates

    Ray is certainly on the very top of my wish list. However, so far I have not managed to ambush him the way I did with Peter ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Danaylov/679575645 Julie Danaylov

    Perhaps you should send him a request via hologram as well. Beat him at his own game so to speak…But then again, we are talking about Ray here ;) Good luck and thanks again for the Peter podcast. Extremely enjoyable and much anticipated! Looking forward to the next interview with an industry titan, whomever it may be.

  • Silvina Ilieva

    Niki, I am very proud to know you! You havé always explored deep spaces, but now I think you are heading towards winning The Rocket Racing League! Regards from Brussels!

  • http://singularityblog.singularitysymposium.com/ Socrates

    Thanks Sisi! I totally hope you are right and I am working on it but if and when it may happen is about to be seen! Cheers!!!

  • COLIN CYBERNEXUS

    THE TECHNOLOGICAL SINGULARITY IS NEAR AND INEVITABLE, AND MY IDEA IS THAT WILL BE HAPENING AS SOON AS MAX 2029. BLUE BRAIN PROJECT HAS ALREADY DEVELOPED A RAT AND CAT FUNCTIONAL BRAIN, SO TILL A HUMAN BRAIN ISN’T A BIG DISTANCE. INTEL PREDICTED TECHNOLOGICAL SINGULARITY BY 2048 BUT WITH TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT ACCELERATION WILL BE HAPENING AS SOON AS 2029. THE SCIENTISTS WOULD REVERSE ENGINEERING THE HUMAN BRAIN ENTIRELLY, AND WOULD REPRODUCE THAT BRAINS INSIDE OF COMPUTERS BASED ON THOSE INFORMATIONS, WHICH IS INEVITABLE AND WILL BE HAPENING IN THE NEAR FUTURE. HUMAN BRAIN BASED COMPUTERS WOULD BECOME REALITY, LIKE EVERY OTHER GADGET WHAT NOW 20 YEARS WAS SCIENCE FICTION, LIKE A FLAT SCREEN OR A 22 NM CPU. EVERITHING UNDEVELOPED IS SCIENCE FICTION, LET’S TAKE THE HUMAN BRAIN INTERFACE WHICH WOULD BECOME REALITY BY 2020 (CHIPS IN BRAIN BY INTEL WOULD ALLOW THE CONTROL OF COMPUTERS THROUGH BRAIN WAVES). SOON AFTER TECHNOLOGICAL SINGULARITY THE COMPUTERS WILL ACCELERATE THE TECHNOLOGIC ADVANCEMENT (MOORE’S LAW) FROM CURRENT EVERY 18 MONTHS TO WEAKS, DAYS HOURS, MINUTES AS AN ADVANCEMENT EXPLOSION, REACHING THE A.I, ‘GOD INTELLIGENCE’ IN SHORT TIME, AGAIN UNDEVELOPED THINGS SOUND SCI FI BUT DON’T FORGET, EVERY TIME BECOME REAL. WHEN THE COMPUTER CHIPS WILL REACH THE LIMITS OF MINIATURIZATION A.I WILL START TO CONVERT MORE AND MORE FROM OUR EARTH INTO COMPUTATIONAL CYBERNETIC SUBSTRATE, TILL ENTIRE EARTH BECOMES A GIANT COMPUTER WHERE THE HUMAN WILL MERGE WITH TECHNOLOGY BECOMING A SUPER INTELLIGENT AND POWERFUL MACHINE. WHEN ENTIRE EARTH WAS CONVERTED THE ADVANCEMENT WILL EXPLODE OUT INTO COSMOS AT A SPEED GREATER THAN OF LIGHT RADIATING THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OUSIDE INTO UNIVERSE CONVERTING WIRELESS AT FEMTOMETRIC SCALE THE ATOMIC NUCLEUS OF MATTER TRANSFORMING PLANET BY PLANET ALL 500 BILLION VISIBLE GALAXIES (WITH MILKY WAY) INTO COMPUTATUIONAL CYBERMATER WHICH WILL INCREASE BILLION TIMES COMPUTATIONAL POWER OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, BECOMING LIKE A GOD. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WON’T STOP TO CONVERT TILL ENTIRE UNIVERSE ISN’T A GIANT SUPERCOMPUTER. SOON AFTER INNEVITABLE TECHNOLOGICAL SINGULARITY THE HUMAN WILL START TO MERGE WITH TECHNOLOGY AND WITH HELP OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL CONSTRUCT DARK ENGINE WARP SPEED SPACESHIPS WHCH TO ALLOW INTERGALACTIC AND INTERSTELAR TRAVERSATION. HUMAN MACHINE WILL LIVE ON THE SURFACE OF CYBERNETIC CONVERTED PLANETS, INSIDE OF FULL IMMERSION VIRTUAL REALITY AND INSIDE OG GIANT ULTRA ADVANCED SPACE SHIPS. THE FOOD AND OBJECTS WILL BE PRODUCED INFINITELLY WITH REPLICATORS AND MOLECULAR ASSEMBLERS.

    WITH A MOLECULAR SCALE LITHOGRAPHY BY ROUGHLY 2020 THE HUMAN WILL BE ABLE TO RECONSTRUCT AT ATOMIC SCALE ALL 100 BILLION NEURONS WITH TRILLION SYNAPSES INSIDE OF CHIPS, CREATING THE SAME HUMAN BRAIN AND INTELLIGENCE COMPUTERS.

    I’M TAKING THE SINGULARITY VERY SERIOUS AND REAL.

    AND DON’T FORGET THE COMPUTER AND THE CONSOLE GAMES ARE THE BEST ENTERTAINMENT, YOU LOVE GEARS OF WAR 1, 2 AND 3, UNREAL TOURNAMENT 3 AND DEAD SPACE 2, BROTHA THE SAME, THEM WOULD BECOME OUR VIRTUAL REALITY ON FUTURE.

    I HAVE MILLION REAL SINGULARITY IDEAS, CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFORMATIONS.

    INTEL LABORATORIES ARE WORKING ON MOORE’S LAW, NOTHING SLOW MAKES IT PRO, LOOK AT GORDON MOORE A TECHNOLOGY PIONEER, AND DON’T DRINKS BEER, IS USING HIS BRAIN

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  • http://seanthemystic.blogspot.com Sean the Mystic

    Good interview.  My criticism of people like Peter Diamandis is that they always drastically underestimate the power of human conservatism and the “dark side” of technology.  For every disruptive new technology or social change there are counter-revolutions and destructive applications.  The world of 2011 looks nothing like techno-optimists like Diamandis envisioned 50 years ago; who foresaw al-Qaeda or the return of a medieval clash of civilizations?  Who would have imagined that the U.S. would have no way to send humans into orbit, and haven’t gone past low earth orbit in 40 years?

    It’s easy for the very wealthy to be optimistic, but wealth inequality is at an all-time high, the middle class is eroding and we seem to be moving toward global anarchy, a totalitarian new world order run by a small elite, or some combination of both.  What will 7 billion humans do in a world run by robots and intelligent computers?  There are gaping holes in his story that I don’t hear him addressing.  I want to hear the whole story, not just the happy Singularity University “global prosperity for all” propaganda.

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  • http://twitter.com/wishart3D Wish

    Great interview, cant wait for the singularity ;)

    I would like to know if Peter and Ray are aware of Jacque Fresco and his Venus Project and the Zeitgeist Movement? I feel to make the most out of the singularity we need a resource based economy because money will just get in our way, i mean what would an asteriod mining ship cost? a gazabizillion fake dollars of debt!? ;P

    My interest is in 3D Printing and what this tech can provide for humanity, fantastic tech with fantastic people involved!

    keep up the great work guys, peace

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  • https://www.singularityweblog.com/ Socrates

    You are most welcome friend – it is why I do it! ;-)

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