What the Future of Innovation Has in Store for Entrepreneurs

UPDATED: May 22, 2023
PUBLISHED: November 3, 2017

With the mind of a master futurist, Peter Diamandis is constantly looking for the blind spots in a world of rapid innovation. As he shares his vision with SUCCESS Live attendees in Long Beach, it’s clear that he’s thought of almost everything. He talks about predicting how you’ll die based on your genome, and then fixing the problem before it ever gets to happen. He shares how a piece of software could teach kids basic literacy in 18 months without a single adult.

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But Diamandis, founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, says the most exciting thing about innovation is not the technology itself; it’s the way these inventions are changing business.

Before computers reached households, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network managed to build a network between every computer in the United States, a precursor for what we call the internet. This innovation sparked a wave of opportunities for business and technology to collide, from the invention of the World Wide Web to the creation of the AppStore. When two systems merge in a beautiful way like this, Diamandis calls it an interface moment.

We’ve come a long way technologically, but how much further can we go? In Diamandis’ opinion, the biggest interface moment in history is about to take place.


“In the next decade, it’s going to make today look like we’re standing still. The only constant is change. And the rate of change is increasing.” —Peter Diamandis

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Filmed September 2017 at SUCCESS Live in Long Beach

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial spaceflight. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine.

In the field of innovation, Diamandis is founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight. Diamandis is also the co-founder and vice-chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan. He is also the co-founder and executive chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies and their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges.

In the field of commercial spaceflight, Diamandis is co-founder/co-chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the prospecting of asteroids for precious materials. He is also the co-founder of Space Adventures and Zero-Gravity Corporation.

Diamandis is the New York Times best-selling author of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think and Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World. He earned an undergraduate degree in molecular genetics and a graduate degree in aerospace engineering from MIT, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Diamandis’s 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.”