Creating a world of abundance: Peter Diamandis at TED2012

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Chris Anderson comes on stage to acknowledge that the TED stage is more often the domain of the techno-optimist than the doomer. So, in somewhat stark contrast with Paul Guilding, the founder, chairman and CEO of the X Prize FoundationPeter Diamandis now takes the stage.

Diamandis starts off his talk with some fast-cut clips of “crisis! Death! Disaster!” he’s collected from the last six months. The news media, he says, preferentially presents us with negative stories, because that’s what we pay attention to. And there’s a reason for that: since nothing is more important than survival, the first stop for all this awful information is the amygdala, the human early warning detection system that looks out for things that might harm us. In other words, we’re hard-wired to pay attention to the negative, dark side.

“So it’s no wonder that we’re pessimistic. it’s no wonder that people think the world is getting worse.” But Diamandis didn’t co-found Singularity University on a mere whim. From here, he swings into his more usual, optimistic mode: “We have the potential in the next three decades to create a world of abundance [the theme of Diamandis’ recent book.] I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do,” he says. “As humans we’re far better at seeing the problems way in advance. Ultimately, we knock them down.”

Diamandis runs through some stats from the last century to show how things have improved for humankind. And he outlines some of the extraordinary advances made, particularly within the technological realm. After all: ”The rate at which technology is getting faster is itself getting faster.” And based on the likes of Moore’s Law ride some incredibly powerful technologies, not least robotics, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and nanomaterials.

Now, some stories:


Napoleon III once invited the King of Siam to dinner. Napoleon’s troops ate with silver utensils; Napoleon ate with gold utensils; the King of Siam used aluminum utensils–precisely because at that time, aluminum was the most valuable metal on the planet. It was only with electrolysis that the metal became cheap. Similar moves are happening in energy in our current times; solar energy, for instance, is now 50% of the cost of diesel in India.


We talk about water wars. And yet we fight over 0.5% of the water on the planet. Diamandis talks of Dean Kamen’s Slingshot device, which can generate 100 liters clean water from any source. Coca Cola is apparently going to test this in the field soon–with a view to deploying it globally. Given how much water that company consumes, this is a big deal. Or, as Diamandis puts it, “this is the kind of innovation empowered by this technology that exists today.”


Diamandis talks of the recently-announced Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, challenging teams to incorporate medical diagnostic tools into a mobile device. “Imagine this device in the middle of the developing world,” he says, starrily. What of the potential of someone swabbing an unrecognized disease, calling it into the CDC and preventing a pandemic? Heady stuff.


“The biggest protection against the population explosion is making the world educated and healthy,” says Diamandis, detailing that 5 billion people will be connected online by 2020. “What will these people want and desire?” And why wouldn’t that cause an economic injection rather than an economic shutdown? Why won’t they be healthier through the use of the Tricorder, better educated because of the likes of Khan Academy or using 3d printing to be more productive than ever before?

Diamandis finishes off by recounting the story of Fold It, the science game from the University of Washington that beat all the supercomputers to find the needed answers. Who was the best folder? A woman from Manchester, an executive assistant at a rehab clinic by day, by night the world’s best protein folder. That could only happen in our modern, connected world. “The one thing I’ve learned at X prize,” he concludes. “Small teams driven by passion with cold focus can do extraordinary things.”


the Bilderberg Group has core of 39 members who are broken into 3 groups of 13 members in each group

the alignment of the December solstice sun with the Milky Way occurs approximately every 13,000 years.

the swirling gases at the Sun’s equator make one complete rotation every 26 Earth days. half of 26 is….13

13 is the last harmonic number that carries a unique vibration before the vibratory properties again duplicate themselves

Sumerians used base-12 as a counting system & in this system, the vibrations of the number 13 would represent an octave

each chromatic scale will have 12 notes before resolving to the octave on the 13th.

to the Mayans, 13 katuns were equal to 121 revolutions of Mars. one katun was equal to 7,254 days

multiply the traditional baktun of 144,000 by 13, you get 1,872,000. the number of days for the common Mayan calendar cycle

to the Mayans, the date = December 21, 2012. this is a new period of awareness beginning. not end of world

numbers one through eight have specific meanings in the Octave, and nine, ten, eleven and twelve are also important. but…..13 is where it starts over

the vibrations of the number 13 as an octave can be seen on a conventional piano. go from C to C playing both white and black keys

13 leaves in the olive branch. 13 bars and stripes in the shield. 13 arrows in the right claw. 13 letters in the “E Pluribus Unum”.

13 stars in the green crest. 13 granite stones in the pyramid. (13 layers = the 13 Illuminati bloodlines). 13 letters in Annuit Coeptis

above the eagle, 13 pentagrams within a cloud. the pentagrams are arranged in the shape of a hexagram, the greater seal of Solomon.

also 13 months in a lunar calendar. we follow the solar calendar, which is not in tune with nature.

the I Ching is composed of 64 hexagrams, or six-line figures. 6 x 64 = 384. that’s close to how many days are in a lunar calendar

Mayansbelieved that starting from the Birth of Venus, after 13 baktuns, the world would come to an end. it will but not literally.

August 13, 3114 BC – December 22, 2012. give or take. lol

persecution of the Templars was Friday the 13th,1307. they never forgot that shit.

the Cuban missile crisis lasted 13 days. the movie coming is called 13 days. oh.

M is the 13th letter. Michael Jordan retired after his 13th season. 12 jurors + 1 judge.

“must haves”


a tent and sleeping bags

a portable camping stove with a minimum of two (2) full propane tanks

supply of matches

a flashlight with extra batteries

3-5 weeks supply of canned and freeze dried food

Prana is the Sanskrit word for “life force”.


According to the spiritual Eastern scripture of the Upanishads, the universe is recreated eternally from the breath of Brahman

The five Pranas – Prana, Apana, Udana, Vyana and Samana.

The five Upa-Pranas – Naga, Kurma, Devadatta, Krikala and Dhananjaya

Prana supplies the human body with essential oxygen.

Apana influences the lower part of the body from the navel to the soles of the feet & regulates waste elimination.

think about it. you don’t control when you gotta pee and shit. you usually “feel” like you have to. now you know why.

lower abdomen, intestines, kidneys, urinary tract, legs, etc., diseases are because of disturbed Apana.

Vyana flows through all of the nerve channels of the human body.

poor circulation, impaired nerve stimulation & nervous breakdowns are a result of disturbed Vyana.

Udana is the ascending energy that flows from the heart to the head & brain. it helps with awakening the kundalini shakti.

when one lies on a bed of nails with no pain or walks hot coals, this is Udana being controlled.

control Udana enough, you can float. levitate. it can be activated by the Bhramari Pranayama breathing technique.

Samana distributes the energy of nutrition throughout the human body.


when you burp and fart, that’s Naga. so gas doesn’t build up inside of you.

Kurma controls the opening and closing of the eyelids. blinking. you don’t control that. it just happens. now you know why.

Kurma protects the eyes from the penetration of dust & foreign bodies etc. fucked up Kurma causes eye twitching.

Devadatta is similar to Samana. causes yawning to expel gas & reducing tiredness after eating.

you don’t control yawning. you just do it. now you know why. Devadatta.

Krikala clears blockages in the respiratory system. causes sneezing. you don’t control sneezing. now you know why.

Dhananjaya opens and closes your heart valves. you don’t control that. now you know what does.


no such thing as a “revenge energy” called karma. so stop it.

karma is interpreted by many folks to mean that, what we do to others will be done to us, to hurt or punish us. not exactly.

if we act negatively towards someone, that action reflects our state of being at that moment. that’s it.

if we don’t learn from seeing the effects of our actions, we will go on transmitting that same state of being/vibration, yes…

that will attract to us a “like vibration”…someone who will do to us what we have done to another.

if, however, we learn from seeing the effects of our actions, our sense of self changes and so does our pattern/vibration…

when our sense of self changes, it’s because we learned our “lesson”, and so does our pattern, and so does the physical experience it attracts.

there is no energy called karma that gets “revenge” on someone for us. stop it. life is learning. that’s it.

if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you ‘ve always got.

“karma” is another way of saying we create our own reality. and THAT to me, is truth.

just grow up and accept that you control you, and your life. so do others. but others just stay stuck & don’t grow. that’s their choice.

if someone hurts people consciously, or subconsciously, and doesn’t STOP doing it, the universe won’t “teach them a lesson” by hurting them.

that person controls their own reality, so if they don’t grow from that hurting people vibration, they won’t grow/evolve. THAT is truth

karma as a revenge energy, isn’t real. so stop it. worry about your evolution. don’t hope others get “bit by karma”.

yes the law of attraction is real, but there is no energy in the universe that gets revenge on ppl for you.

what you give, is given back. what you take, is taken back. universal law b.

karmic experience is spiritual debt or credit. it’s not revenge or the universe “teaching you a lesson”.

in actuality, karmic experience is the repeating of experiences because you keep failing to learn the lesson

negative karma is to help you understand what you ignored when you made your negative choice

ppl misunderstand karma all the time. when you do that, experiences become anchors.

deserve or not deserve are human perceptions. the universe doesn’t operate from a place of deserve or not deserve. it’s all lessons.

some of the painful experiences we go though now may come from choices we made in a previous life.

if you were able to remember past lives, that’d mean you’re using your mind. but karmic experiences are soul lessons. not mind lessons.

that’s WHY you can’t specifically remember what you’ve done in past lives. the experiences you go through now are for you to learn from.

and by you…i mean soul. not you, the human.

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