In 1980, during my sophomore year at MIT, I realized that the school didn't have a student space organization. I made posters for a group I called Students for the Exploration and Development of Space and put them up all over campus. Thirty-five people showed up. It was the first thing I ever organized, and it took off!
If you have a fear of flying, don't. The data are very clear: If you have to travel someplace, the safest way is by airplane.
With sufficient water on the Moon, solar energy can be used to split the water into hydrogen and oxygen. The oxygen is, of course, critical for humans to breathe and the water important for us to drink.
With faster Internet and better computers, you'd better believe we're creating and consuming more digital data.
Passion gets an entrepreneur through the startup days and the enormous efforts it takes to build a business.
Remember when vacation photos meant toting along a bulky camera?
Now the amygdala is our early warning detector, our danger detector. It sorts and scours through all of the information looking for anything in the environment that might harm us. So given a dozen news stories, we will preferentially look at the negative news.
In 2000, just before the first dot-com bubble burst, it cost a whopping $5 million to launch a tech startup.
Most advertisers spend millions upon millions of dollars to buy commercial time during the Super Bowl, and millions in creating eye-popping ads, hoping to create catchy, unforgettable commercials. Unfortunately, most Super Bowl commercials end up being unmemorable. Costly mistakes for brands and creative flameouts for advertising firms.
Many have built their careers buttressing the status quo, reinforcing what they've already accomplished, and resisting the radical thinking that can topple their legacy - not exactly the attitude you want when trying to drive innovation forward.
The fact that the Virgin logo was on the side of SpaceShipOne on October 4th, 2004 was fantastic.
It's now possible to have your body 3D-imaged from head to toe at a sub-millimeter accuracy, showing every ripple of muscle or cellulite, to allow the perfect-fitting jeans or shoes.
If you're the CEO of a publicly traded company, you're worried about quarterly returns.
Human exploration is something that's been going on for thousands of years, and the models that worked 500 years ago are likely to work again today.
Bad news sells because the amygdala is always looking for something to fear.
I founded a launch company called International Microspace when I graduated medical school in 1989. We were trying to build a microsatellite launcher.
At the turn of the 20th century, the disparity in literacy here in the U.S. largely came down to race. Nearly half of minorities at that time - 45 percent - were illiterate, while 94 percent of white citizens were literate.
It used to be that the only ones with access to cutting-edge technology were top government labs, big companies and the ultra-rich. It was simply too expensive for the rest of us to afford.
Abundance is not about providing everyone on this planet with a life of luxury—rather it's about providing all with a life of possibility.
Imagine what we could do for the world's grand challenges with a trillion hours of focused attention.
In the 1820s, the U.S., Japan, and the U.K. were some of the only countries where the average population received at least two years of formal schooling.
Gossip, in its earlier forms, contained information that was critical to survival because, in clans of 150, what happened to anyone had a direct impact on everyone.
All over the world, we're seeing access to food, clean water, education and healthcare improve; as a result, global innovation is rising as well.
Make it clear up front what the aim of the company is. Stay true to your authentic vision.
We're now able to 3D print in 200 different materials, from titanium to rubber, plastic, glass, ceramic, leathers, and even chocolate.
As education becomes dematerialized, demonetized and democratized, every man, woman and child on the planet will be able to reap the benefits of knowledge. We're rapidly heading toward a world of education abundance.
If someone is always to blame, if every time something goes wrong someone has to be punished, people quickly stop taking risks. Without risks, there can't be breakthroughs.
In the early '90s, well under 5 percent of the global population was online.
People need to understand how exponential technologies are impacting the business landscape. They need to do some future-casting and look at how industries are evolving and being transformed.
I get demoralized by organizations that start off with a mission and pull back when they find it's risky.
We know from hard research that educated populations have lower growth rates, are more peaceful, and add to the global economy.
The Net is allowing us to turn ourselves into a giant, collective meta-intelligence. And this meta-intelligence continues to grow as more and more people come online.
The reason we care so much about what happens to the likes of Lady Gaga is not because her shenanigans will ever impact our lives; rather because our brain doesn't realize there's a difference between rock stars we know about and relatives we know.
As lower-cost phones begin to penetrate, they'll become the educator and physician everywhere on the planet.
Millions of years ago, our brains became wired to remember about 150 people as 'close friends.'
Three hundred years ago, during the Age of Enlightenment, the coffee house became the center of innovation.
I think about the Internet and cell phones and jets and spaceships, and I wonder, 'What's going to make that look ancient?'
True disruption means threatening your existing product line and your past investments. Breakthrough products disrupt current lines of businesses.
Never before in history has the global marketplace touched so many consumers and provided access to so many producers.
From a scientific point of view, we now know that the water is interlaced with the lunar soil in many locations, perhaps as remnants of comet collisions with the lunar surface.
I have the general philosophy of creating the future you want to see.
Regardless of what the naysayers believe about human interaction and social media, the data show us that the abundance of technology is actually increasing the abundance of happiness all over the world.
Did you know that Kodak actually invented the digital camera that ultimately put it out of business? Kodak had the patents and a head start, but ignored all that.
One thing that humans still do better than computers is recognize images.
When I was a grad student at MIT, I had a chance to become friends with the Viking Mission's chief scientist, Dr. Gerald Soffen. Viking was the first Mars lander looking for signs of life on Mars.