Bill Clinton Discusses “Moonshots” with Peter Diamandis, Endorses Abundance
“Why are you so optimistic about the future…don’t you read the papers?”
President Bill Clinton recently pitched this playful question to Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, in an on-stage interview at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative last week. A week earlier, the former U.S. president had appeared on CNN to recommend Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think, Diamandis’ book which was co-written with Steven Kotler. Now the two had an opportunity to discuss technology and the world’s problems face to face.
In response, he stated simply that he’s optimistic because of the numbers.
According to Diamandis, the cost of food has dropped thirteen-fold in the last hundred years. The cost of energy is down twenty-fold, transportation a hundred-fold, and communications a thousand-fold.
Technology, he said, is the force that takes what used to be scarce and makes it abundant. It is “the great democratizer.”
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