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Imagining the Future: The Transformation of Humanity – Peter Diamandis (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Peter Diamandis’ talk titled “Imagining the Future: The Transformation of Humanity” at TEDxLA 2017 conference .

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Good morning, everybody. We are living during the most extraordinary time ever in human history. And during our lifetime — during our lifetime that we’re about to see the transformation of the human race. Especially something that blows my mind every time I think about it.

The Acceleration of Change

And the conversation I keep having with my colleagues, my friends, my investors, my community in Silicon Valley goes something like this: “People have no idea how fast the world is changing.” And I want to give you a sense of that, because it fills me with awe and with extraordinary sense of responsibility for how we guide it, what we do with it. This is the computational power of our planet. And over the last 40 plus years, from the 1980s to 2000, we were in a period of what I call deceptive growth, where the growth was slow.

It was beginning to change us, but we didn’t try to feel it yet. And then we enter a period of disruptive growth, where it’s exploding onto the world. And you saw part of the implications from what Jeff Dean was saying. And the implications of that explosive disruptive growth is that we’re plummeting the cost of bandwidth, millions of times cheaper. Computational costs are dropping through the floor. The cost of memory is dropping through the floor. And global connectivity is exploding on this planet.

The Implications of Technological Advancements

Now there are two implications I want to talk about during my presentation that are critically important. The first is that of abundance. And I had a chance to write a book called “Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think.” And here are the facts. The per capita income for every nation on this planet has increased 300%. Our lifespan over the last 100 years has increased two and a half times. The cost of food has dropped 13-fold. Energy’s dropped 30-fold.

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