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25 minutes | 4 days ago
Episode 99: Blockchain Solving Deepfakes
Peter and Dan discuss the world of the blockchain and the latest phenomenon of Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs). In this episode: Peter talks about why he believes the blockchain will play a key role in detecting deepfakes with the recent Tom Cruise deepfake videos going viral on TikTok.Dan discusses how the blockchain will play a key role in the next election cycle with voting systems and detecting inaccurate news. Peter and Dan talk about the recent NFT craze and why people are willing to pay millions for these new art forms.
30 minutes | a month ago
Episode 98: Creating AI Avatars
Peter and Dan explore the technology of AI avatars. Diving into a fun conversation about intelligent digital humans that are now surfacing in certain industries, Peter and Dan envision how these AI avatars might also influence human interactions in business. In this episode: Peter talks about his experiments with three companies he’s excited about in the AI avatar space, namely LifeKind, HourOne, and Futureloop. Having fed his own blogs, books and podcast episodes into such AIs as training data, Peter talks about the successes of these experiments, which have surprised him with extraordinarily lifelike audio and visuals. Dan talks about how the pandemic and its accompanying work-from-home Zoom culture will accelerate people’s willingness to use and interact with virtual avatars, particularly as meetings continue to remain virtual. Peter and Dan discuss AI avatars used in filmmaking, and how these might serve to immortalize deceased actors and singers. For instance, digital avatars with the likeness of Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley could one day even converse with live audiences.
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 97: The New Commercial Space Age
Peter and Dan discuss recent breakthroughs in the commercial space industry, highlighting a slew of new startups entering the marketplace, whether in analytics or rocket engineering. As we witness the shift from a heavily government-funded space industry to one propelled by privately funded companies, the world will soon see more and more access to space. In this episode: Peter gives an update on the commercial space industry, as well as the challenges and opportunities of mining precious metals and rocket fuels on asteroids and the Moon.Dan narrates the story of two great historical inventions that allowed for deep water navigation: the sextant and chronometer, which enabled accurate measurements of latitude and longitude, respectively. These tools were critical to expanding the reach of human exploration across our largely water-coated planet. Fast-forward roughly 250 years, and Peter shows how they serve as a useful analogue for some of today’s pioneering commercial space rockets.Peter demonstrates how pioneering companies’ opening of the space frontier is unlocking a new abundance mindset in the commercial space sector… One in which we’re now witnessing a surge in capabilities and new opportunities.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 96: Innovation at Warp Speed
Peter and Dan discuss the rapid speed of technological change and why they believe the pandemic has sped up the progress of innovation. They believe that using this time to hone your mindset is critically important. In this episode: Peter says one thing he learned was to “never let a good crisis go to waste”. To use this time to make changes in your organization so you are not going back to normal, but propelling the company towards the future. Dan talks about the ability to be a hero to someone during crisis times is more relevant than ever, and why entrepreneurs naturally think this way. Peter talks about the increased velocity in communications and deal making now that every meeting in virtual, and you don’t need to fly to a meeting and meet face to face. Dan talks about using virtual events to help more and more people.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 95: Transforming the Educational System
Peter and Dan discuss how the pandemic has changed our educational system forever. As countless schools have turned to fully online curriculums, entrepreneurs and educators are experimenting with a “new normal,” innovating novel platforms for learning from home. In this episode: Peter gives an update on being a parent as his kids attend school online. Dan explains why the school system must increasingly accommodate the individual, and Peter outlines the need for educational platforms to help children find their passions.Dan remarks that this is the first time in 50 years that most children know what their parents do for a living. As a result, children are interacting in the domain of working adults more than ever before. Exploring implications, Peter elaborates on the real-time education now afforded to children through exposure to their parents’ day-to-day working lives.Peter and Dan illustrate why skills are the most pivotal asset for getting hired in today’s job market. Where you went to school is ultimately far less important than being equipped with the skills required for a given task or position. Emphasizing this phenomenon and its application to the gaming world, Peter highlights the rate at which his (and other) kids can learn a game and become experts.
22 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 94: When the Hospital Comes To You
Peter and Dan discuss transformations in healthcare as a result of the pandemic and consequent stay-at-home orders. Peter envisions a future wherein people don’t go to the hospital when they get sick, but instead have a hospital at their fingertips thanks to sensors, wearables, and an abundance of personalized medical data. In this episode: Peter gives an update on COVAXX and a number of other vaccines developed for COVID-19. Dan delves into tele-health transformations within our modern-day healthcare system. Peter and Dan discuss why they believe the pandemic will speed up healthcare transformations, including: AI collaboration with physicians; drugs customized and designed for the individual; and rapid improvements in wearable hardware and commercial viability.
28 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 93: Longevity Mindset: Part 3
Peter and Dan continue their conversation about the Abundance Platinum Longevity trip, where Peter and a select group of entrepreneurs, executives and investors spent five days learning from the top longevity and immunology experts in two of California’s top biotech hubs. In this episode: Peter talks about the importance of two technologies, vaccines and gene therapy, both with incredible medical benefits. In particular he mentions a company called Vaxxinity who is democratizing healthcare using vaccines against chronic diseases. Another company Gordion Biotechnology is using a gene therapy based discovery platform to radically improve therapeutic R&D for complex diseases of aging. Dan and Peter discuss the importance of having a longevity mindset in order to be on the content lookout for new technology breakthroughs that will allow us to live longer healthier lives. Peter gives a rapid overview of twenty companies and his biggest takeaways from his chat with the CEOs including technologies like brain computer interface, synalytic medicines for senescent cells and AI drug discovery.
33 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 92: Longevity Mindset: Part 2
Peter and Dan continue their conversation about the recent Abundance Platinum Longevity trip, where Peter and a select group of entrepreneurs, executives and investors spent five days learning from the top longevity and immunology experts in two of California’s top biotech hubs. In this episode: Peter and Dan discuss the explosion of sensors and preventive medicine breakthroughs now emerging at the helm of today’s healthcare market. As smartphone apps and AI more seamlessly enable personalized medicine, consumers will soon be able to monitor and act upon their own health data in real-time.Peter explores his biggest takeaways in the field of CRISPR and genetic engineering. Most notably, Peter showcases Mammoth Biosciences, a pioneering startup on a mission to democratize access to next-generation CRISPR tools for diagnostics and therapeutics. Peter highlights the importance of cutting out sugar from your diet, a shift critically conducive to improving longevity outcomes. He similarly emphasizes his belief that the biggest contributor to living past 80 is to not die from something stupid.
31 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 91: Longevity Mindset: Part 1
Peter and Dan recap the recent Abundance Platinum Longevity trip, where Peter and a select group spent five days learning from the top longevity and immunity experts in two of California’s top biotech hubs. In this episode: Peter offers his biggest takeaways from the trip, including one insight from Dr. Deepak Srivastava, President of the Gladstone Institutes, who explained why heart disease remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. A tremendous feat, Dr. Srivastava’s recent discovery involves using gene therapy to convert fibroblasts into heart myocytes, reversing scar tissue in the heart, and helping heart attack victims rapidly recover to live healthy lives. Dan and Peter agree that mindset is one of the most important pillars of living a long and healthy life. Peter explains why the most important goal is to “not die from something stupid,” as advances in longevity technology will have dramatic impacts on the human healthspan in the next 5-10 years. Peter talks about the power of intermittent fasting, citing a majority of featured scientists who have touted its health benefits.
32 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 90: A New Era of Human Spaceflight
Peter and Dan discuss the recent launch and recovery of the SpaceX Crew Dragon, which carried humans in a commercially built spacecraft to and from the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley splashed down on August 2, 2020 making it the first water landing since 1975. In this episode: Peter gives a quick history of the U.S. and Soviet Union space race, spanning the launch of Sputnik in 1957 to the recent 2020 launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Peter breaks down the cost of a rocket launch and explains how SpaceX brought this cost down 10X by making the rockets reusable. Dan and Peter discuss why the next 10-20 years will be the era in human history wherein humans move irreversibly off planet Earth and into space.
16 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 89: Simplifier Multiplier Collaboration
Peter and Dan discuss one of Dan’s latest concepts: are you a Simplifier or a Multiplier? Every great entrepreneur is primarily one or the other, and identifying which category you most fall into offers meaningful insight into the way you instinctively create value. In this episode: Dan talks about his book Simplifier-Multiplier Collaboration and one of the strategies it highlights: once you identify as either a simplifier or multiplier, you can find the perfect collaborator: your opposite. Simplifier-Multiplier collaborations often lead to unprecedented breakthroughs and results, giving entrepreneurs the freedom to focus exclusively on what they do best. Peter discusses the challenge wherein entrepreneurs attempt to play both roles out of necessity, but emphasizes that entrepreneurs tend to add greatest value when left to act on their natural affinities. Dan elaborates on the problems that arise when a simplifier tries to play the role of a multiplier, or vice versa. In this scenario, each type becomes a “complicator,” and hence departs from one’s most useful state.
26 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 88: Cracking the Vitality Code
Peter and Dan discuss a number of longevity and pharmaceutical companies that are working to crack the vitality code of life. Exponential technologies, from machine learning to CRISPR, are enabling scientists to probe medical data, understand aging, and reverse its processes like never before. In this episode: Peter discusses a startup he’s tracking that uses gene therapy to treat age and age-related diseases afflicting animals, extending pets’ healthy lifespans by nearly a decade, with no side effects. Dan discusses a major paradigm shift in financial planning, whereby financial advisors that embrace technology are beginning to use forecasts of 120 years instead of conventional actuary tables that take by default a life expectancy of 90 years. Peter and Dan emphasize the importance of a resilient mindset, purpose and long-term inspiration for individuals striving to maximize their longevity journeys.
34 minutes | a year ago
Episode 87: How Industries Will Change
Peter and Dan discuss the ways in which today’s pandemic will fundamentally reshape a handful of industries, from commercial aviation to education. For most of us, we will not be returning to business as usual. Rather, we will see the emergence of redefined and reorganized companies, made resilient by their need to adapt to new market conditions. In this episode: Peter and Dan evaluate a number of possible outcomes for the airplane and travel industries, as countless businesses adapt to the new paradigm of working-from-home. Dan makes the case for his prediction that while technology will continue to globalize, almost every other aspect of everyday life will localize. Peter and Dan delve into the future of education. As schools determine whether to pursue an additional semester of online learning, and parents play an increasingly pedagogical role, how will tomorrow’s classrooms adapt, and what impacts will we see on learning?
28 minutes | a year ago
Episode 86: Business Model Innovation
Peter and Dan discuss how evolutionary pressures speed up innovation, agreeing that the pandemic will accelerate technological progress and change our lives forever. In the arc of contemporary history, we will remember a clear distinction between life “Pre-COVID-19” and “Post-COVID-19.” To this effect, Peter and Dan demonstrate how business model innovation is at an all-time high, fueling historic levels of productivity and creativity for entrepreneurs in our new “work-from-home” economy. In this episode: Peter talks about the search for grand challenges — problems that make you angry, or new phenomena you can’t live without — and the process by which you can turn these into solutions or new business models. Dan argues that “scary times” should not be so scary for tenacious entrepreneurs. As the most successful CEOs constantly face risks and unknowns, COVID-19’s uncertainties provide the perfect conditions for entrepreneurs to fail, learn, and thrive… Because building a successful business requires grit, perseverance, and trial by fire. Peter illustrates how intense pressure speeds up the inevitable. In a pre-COVID marketplace, when business owners knew they needed to downsize a department or kill a venture, most put it off “until tomorrow.” Yet as COVID-19 drives businesses to the edge, there is no debating, and one must take action.
28 minutes | a year ago
Episode 85: Evolution of Work
Peter and Dan discuss Software as a Service (SaaS) and AIaaS, both vital tools for businesses seeking to scale with a leaner organization. Particularly as workforces become distributed and companies race to digitize, cloud computing is now more important than ever before. In this episode: Dan talks about the historic opportunity to use our current global pause and newfound free time to brainstorm with customers and collaborate on new capabilities. Peter examines the potential of exponential technologies to help track viruses in the future. Offering a number of possible scenarios, he considers the example of genome sequencing tools built into air ports, as well as other mechanisms for the detection and tracking of novel viruses. Dan and Peter discuss how COVID-19 will transform life as we know it, and why humanity is yet to face other existential threats.
29 minutes | a year ago
Episode 84: Navigating Business in Scary Times
Peter and Dan discuss working-from-home (WFH) dynamics and how they’ve simplified their daily routines as the COVID-19 pandemic upends business-as-usual and forces us to adapt. Making longer-term projections, they illustrate how industries will transform during this global pause, and what implications we’ll see in our everyday lives. In this episode: Peter emphasizes the importance of treating every problem like an opportunity. By adapting to new (and projected) “normals,” Peter discusses his process for writing down all the problems he faces working from home, and then turning these into opportunities ripe for business.Dan talks about leveraging Zoom across his meetings and workshops, expressing why he is more excited than ever to reinvent business models and common company practices. Peter features the newly launched FutureLoop “Pandemic Edition,” a daily update on how exponential technologies are impacting the detection, prevention and cure of COVID-19. (Check out the link here!)
32 minutes | a year ago
Episode 83: The Rise of AI as a Service
Peter and Dan discuss the power of Artificial Intelligence as a Service (AIaaS) and its utility to thousands of companies in both traditional and non-traditional sectors. By adding an AI layer to your organization, AIaaS tools can help any company achieve scale with minimal increases in headcount, fueling data-driven business decisions, personalized marketing efforts, team efficiency, and countless other benefits. In this episode: Dan elaborates on a quote by Gino Wickman — “Systemize the predictable so you can humanize the exceptional” — and uses it as a framework for understanding AI-human collaboration. Illustrating several examples (e.g. AIs that help doctors diagnose patients in real time), Peter discusses how he is using “AI as his ‘WHO’” to run experiments across his organizations. Dan delves into the importance of teamwork between humans and technology, a partnership he claims will be key for competitive businesses in decades to come.
20 minutes | a year ago
Episode 82: Delocalizing Talent with Virtual Workplaces
Peter and Dan showcase a number of entrepreneurs working on wireless power, virtual workplaces, and educational platforms with built-in facial recognition. In this episode: Peter discusses Guru, a company that has built a wireless charging system that transmits electricity using high-frequency radio waves. By combining this technology with 5G, businesses like Guru might soon usher in a wireless world. Peter gives an update on eXp Realty, which has zero physical offices yet thousands of real estate agents, all of whom engage in virtual workplaces for meetings, training sessions, and the like. Dan and Peter discuss David Sinclair’s “information theory of aging,” a compelling theory regarding why we age.
24 minutes | a year ago
Episode 81: The Era of Quantum Supremacy
Peter and Dan discuss the state of quantum computing and Google’s announcement that they achieved ‘quantum supremacy’ in October 2019. In this episode: Peter gives a general overview of what quantum computing is and why this matters to entrepreneurs. Dan and Peter discuss the skill of asking great questions and why general AI’s will soon assist every aspect of our lives. Peter mentions a few unexpected consequences of converging technologies like 5G, broadband satellites, and quantum computing available on the cloud for free.
31 minutes | a year ago
Episode 80: Democratizing Energy Storage
Peter and Dan discuss entrepreneurial breakthrough stories specifically in the energy industry. They talk about the importance of timing in launching a new venture and why the 2020’s will be the decade of exponential energy. In this episode: Peter mentions a company “Energy Vault” that is specializing in gravitational energy storage. Its primary product is a gravity battery that utilizes a multi-headed crane to store energy in a stacked tower of heavy blocks made from concrete.Dan mentions that energy is becoming exponential, because as more and more energy is available, human aspirations for using energy increases. Peter discusses another company “Heliogen” that is using concentrated solar energy to exceed temperatures greater than 1,000 degrees Celsius, transforming sunlight to create and replace fuels.
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