Twitter Search X Prize Founder Peter Diamandis Has His Eyes on the Future | Wired Science Photo: Nigel Parry Peter Diamandis has a perspective that’s too expansive for a single planet. He built his first companies—12 of them—as social and technological thrusters designed to clear the way for human space colonies. Later, as founder of the X Prize Foundation and cofounder of Singularity University, he splashed down to focus on the most pressing problems here on Earth. A child of the Apollo era, Diamandis grew up expecting the US government to colonize outer space. But decades of NASA timidity eventually convinced him that the only way to get off the planet was to build a private space industry. It worked. He soon realized that the same forces that enabled a small team of amateurs to make a lunar lander could empower cadres of bright, idealistic people to solve earthly problems. Oh, and then there’s his most recent undertaking: A company unveiled in April that’s devoted to mining platinum, water, and other extractables from asteroids that careen past Earth. Peter Diamandis: No.
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