Materials That Will Change the World Graphene

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Have you heard of graphene?

This is a blog about why graphene may be the next multibillion-dollar material, holding the key to computing, healthcare and energy storage.

What is graphene?

Graphene is a pure form of carbon that is very thin, very strong and very expensive.

When I say thin, I mean VERY thin – graphene is one atom thick (almost transparent).

And when I say strong, I mean VERY strong. For its very low weight, it is 100 times stronger than steel, as stiff as a diamond, and yet also flexible and even stretchable.

But its other characteristics are most interesting. It conducts heat and electricity with great efficiency (faster at room temperature than any other known material), and it charges and discharges 100x to 1000x faster than traditional batteries.

Right now, it’s expensive.

Nature reported in 2013 that just one micrometer-sized flake made in this [original] way can cost more than $1,000 — making graphene, gram for gram, one of the most expensive materials on Earth.

However, as mass production increases, there is potential for a 70% to 80% price drop, making graphene production much more economical. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD), for example, has brought the cost down to about $100,000 per square meter.

Estimates suggest that the graphene market will be $149.1 million by 2020, registering a CAGR of 44.0% from 2014 to 2020.

The European Union has also created a flagship program for graphene, allocating about $1.3 billion to spend on the development of graphene over the next 10 years.

So, what’s all the fuss about?

Why is graphene useful?

Graphene’s unique properties are valuable in many different industries and applications.

Here are seven of the most exciting examples:

  1. Energy Storage: Graphene may hold the key to an energy storage revolution (which changes everything). Batteries can store lots of energy, but they are large, clunky, and charge and discharge relatively slowly. Capacitors, on the other hand, can’t hold a lot of energy but they charge and discharge very quickly. Researchers out of Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology have developed highly porous graphene-based super capacitors that they, “can fully charge in just 16 seconds and have repeated this some 10,000 times without a significant reduction in capacitance.” Imagine charging your iPhone in 30 seconds, or your Tesla in a few minutes.
  2. Flexible Screens: Graphene is transparent (it transmits up to 97.7% of light), and it also has low electrical resistance and is flexible. Therefore, it’s a good candidate for flexible electronics and screens. Samsung, for example, are developing transparent graphene electrodes to serve as smartphone touchscreens. The indium-tin oxide electrodes in use today are brittle; graphene is strong and flexible. We will see it in flexible digital e-paper and even embedded into clothing and fabrics.
  3. Desalinization/Filtration: Graphene behaves strangely around water. Water can pass through it, but almost nothing else can. Graphene is also much stronger and less brittle than aluminum-oxide (currently used in sub-100nm filtration applications). This makes it a good candidate for water filtration systems, desalination systems (Lockheed claims a graphene filter would reduce energy costs of reverse osmosis desalination by 99%), and efficient and economically more viable biofuel creation.
  4. Medical Applications/Sensors: Jesus de la Fuente, the CEO of Graphenea, suggests, “With graphene offering a large surface area, high electrical conductivity, thinness and strength, it would make a good candidate for the development of fast and efficient bioelectric sensory devices, with the ability to monitor such things as glucose levels, hemoglobin levels, cholesterol and even DNA sequencing.”
  5. Photovoltaics/Solar cells: De la Fuente also sees benefits for solar cells: “Offering very low levels of light absorption (at around 2.7% of white light) whilst also offering high electron mobility means that graphene can be used as an alternative to silicon or ITO in the manufacture of photovoltaic cells.”
  6. Material Composites: Graphene is strong, stiff and very light. It could eventually replace steel and carbon composites in everything from aircraft to cars to body armor for the military. It is actually already used in tennis rackets today.
  7. Computing/Electronics: Graphene has the potential to also impact the $300 billion semiconductor industry. Its unique structure and “extremely mobile electrons could allow graphene transistors to process data at very high rates, with some devices already clocking in at more than 400 gigahertz — many times faster than comparable silicon devices.” Alternatively, graphene photodetectors could also “allow computer chips to communicate with light rather than comparatively sluggish, energy-wasting electrons — an advance that would cut power consumption and allow computers to handle data more efficiently.”

If you’re interested in investing or learning more, the following companies are developing graphene solutions: ACS Material LLC., Angstron Material, Bluestone Global Tech, CVD Equipment Corporation, Graphene Laboratories, Graphene Nanochem PLC, Graphenea, Haydale Limited, Vorbrck Materials, XG Sciences.

Let’s zoom out for a second

Graphene is just one example of a new class of “super-materials” that we are discovering using exponential technologies like infinite computing, artificial intelligence and 3D printing.

These technologies will allow us to model new materials and material processes, and then actually bring them to market.

And the pace of innovation is accelerating rapidly.

For graphene alone, 3,018 graphene patent applications were granted by July 2011.

That number almost tripled to 8,413 by February 2013.

Carbon nanotubes and aerogels are similarly exciting.

Another (secret) company is actually producing perfect artificial diamonds for orders of magnitude cheaper than current diamond products.

Biomimetic nanomaterials are just coming online.

Stanene (two-dimensional tin sheets) may be the next super material that competes with graphene.

This is an incredibly exciting time for material science, and an incredible exciting time to be alive.

I work with my team to follow these developments closely, and I share them with my Abundance 360 mastermind (apply here if you’re interested in joining).

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Evidence of Abundance #14: Worldwide Internet Adoption

In last week’s evidence of abundance, I shared three graphs illustrating the plummeting prices of computers, bandwidth and digital storage.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll show what the world’s population is doing with this technology.

Perhaps the most prevalent example is the widespread adoption of the Internet. In the early 90s, well under 5% of the global population was online.

But look at the explosion in global Internet users just 10 years later:

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And this trend won’t slow down. In Abundance, I wrote about the Rising Billion – the 3 million people in developing countries who’ll become connected to the Internet by 2020.

What will these people want? What will they purchase?

Trillions of dollars will be injected into the global economy from the Rising Billion alone.

We’re living in an incredible time, and it’s only getting better.

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Self-driving Cars are Coming

Elon Musk’s announcement of a semi-autonomous Tesla Model D this past week is one of many autonomous vehicle announcements coming your way…

And the implications of self-driving cars will be staggering.

In this blog, I want to outline and explore those implications, and give you context on the dematerialization, demonetization and democratization of transportation, an area I spend time thinking about in my Abundance 360 community.

The First “Real” Autonomous Car

During the 1980’s and 1990’s, the U.S. Defense Department spent hundreds of millions of dollars on autonomous vehicles, but it wasn’t until the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, a $2 million incentive prize, that the first truly autonomous vehicles (AVs) able to navigate long distances (a 150-mile route) at significant speeds (>30 mph) came into existence.

The Stanford University Racing Team, headed by Sebastian Thrun, won the competition with their car named ‘Stanley’. In addition to Stanley that year, four other driverless cars successfully completed the challenge.

Since Then…

Soon thereafter, Sebastian Thrun joined Google to start a Self-Driving Car initiative, ultimately building a fleet of autonomous Prius vehicles that have logged nearly 700,000 autonomous miles.

In late May 2014, Google revealed a new prototype of its driverless car – a cute 2-seat vehicle sporting NO steering wheel, NO gas pedal, and NO brakes. 100% autonomous.

And Google isn’t the only player in the game.

Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo, and others are rumored to have autonomous vehicle initiatives underway.

Combine that with legislation passed in four U.S. states and the District of Columbia allowing driverless cars, and you have the beginning of disruption.

Staggering Implications…

What will happen when the roads are ruled by autonomous vehicles?

Here are some of my favorite implications.

  1. Reduced deaths, reduced accidents: In the U.S. alone, there were over 33,000 automobile deaths in 2013. For those aged 5 to 34 in the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death, claiming the lives of 18,266 Americans each year.
  2. Saving LOTS of Money and Time: It’s estimated that AVs could save over 2.7 billion unproductive hours commuting to work. This in turn translates to an annual savings of $447.1 billion per year in the U.S. alone (assuming 90% AV penetration). This number was calculated by taking into account crash cost savings, congestion benefits, reduced travel times, fuel savings, parking savings, changes in total number of vehicles, and other factors.
  3. Massive Fuel Savings: Today, a 4,000-lb. SUV spends less than 4% of its energy moving a 150-lb. driver around. Imagine if a car could be significantly lighter (because they don’t crash), getting four times the mpg?
  4. No New Roads, Less Traffic: Autonomous vehicles packed with sensors can drive fast and efficiently at 8 times the packing density of today’s human-driven cars. This means no traffic jams and no need to build new roads. Plus, when they pack closely together, the reduction in wind drag alone could reduce fuel use up to 20 - 30 percent.
  5. No Ownership – Just “On-Demand” Usage: Today your car is an unused asset 95% of the day. Why own a car when you can have access to whatever car you want, whenever you want it? On-demand car usage will change the future. (Who wins? You do. Who loses? Detroit). It is estimated that at 90% AV penetration, we could actually reduce the number of cars on the road by 42.6%.
  6. No Garages, No Driveways, No Parking: In his book, Eran Ben-Joseph notes, “In some U.S. cities, parking lots cover more than 1/3 of the land area.” But what if you never need to park your car? What if it just drops you off and goes and does something useful? No need for parking garages, parking lots, driveways… Plus, one MIT study found that 40 percent of total gasoline use in cars in urban areas is spent while drivers look for parking.
  7. No Mandatory Car Insurance: Self driving cars won’t crash and will disrupt the $200 billion auto insurance industry.

A Cultural Shift to Sharing – The 6 D’s of Transportation:

The true future of Uber is autonomous Cars. Today an UberX in Los Angeles costs me about $2 per mile. But the majority of the cost of my UberX ride is the driver in the front seat. Take out the driver and the cost drops 5 to 10-fold.

So to summarize:

  • Deceptive: While autonomous cars have been in a period of deceptive growth over the past 30 years, they are now poised for disruption.
  • Disruptive: Every major car company is making investments and the value proposition of saved money, time and lives will drive disruptive change in the decade ahead.
  • Dematerialization: Car ownership will begin to dematerialize as the cost per mile plummets and convenience skyrockets (Uber has already started that process). Why own a car when you can have access to a car (any car)? Plus, we’ll have no cost of insurance, maintenance, repair, parking…
  • Demonetization: As mentioned above, autonomous cars have the potential to drop the cost of transportation (per mile) by 10-fold. Add to this, no cost of acquiring the asset up front. It is true demonetization. Add to this a future of fully electric vehicles, and in the sunny parts of the world, transportation gets even cheaper.
  • Democratization: Everyone will have access to autonomous vehicles, including those who previously couldn’t drive: kids, senior citizens, disabled and the poorest among us.

So there you have a glimpse of the future of autonomous cars. It’s an area that I am monitoring closely.

BTW, if you’d like to join me, and learn more about this area from a business perspective, it’s a subject I discuss with the entrepreneurs in my mastermind, Abundance 360. If you’d like more info, and to apply, you can do so here.

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Evidence of Abundance #13: Inexpensive Technology

Today’s evidence of abundance centers on the growing affordability of technology.

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.

But as you’ll see in the next few graphs, things have changed significantly since then.

Let’s start with computing power.

As I wrote in Abundance, the smartphone you have in your hand or in your pocket gives you more computing power than President Clinton had access to while he was in office.

In 1992, you could expect to pay $222 for a computer with 1 million transistors. Today, 1 million transistors cost a measly 6 cents.

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Internet access has also gotten faster and cheaper.

Bandwidth costs have dropped from $1,245 per gigabit per set to just $23… and that’s just between 1999 and 2012.

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With faster Internet and better computers, you’d better believe we’re creating and consuming more digital data.

And that digital data has to be stored someplace. Here, too, there’s evidence of technological abundance.

Look at what we used to pay for 1 GB of storage in 1992 — $600.

Today? Three cents.

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Soon, computing, bandwidth and storage costs will all be effectively free, all over the planet.

In the weeks to come, I’ll show you how human ingenuity is leveraging these increased technological capabilities.

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Life or Death

The healthcare system is massively broken.

It’s not healthcare. It’s sick care.

It’s reactive, retrospective, bureaucratic and expensive.

First the bad news:

  • Doctors spend $210 billion per year on procedures that aren’t based on patient need, but fear of liability.
  • Americans spend, on average, $7,290 per person on healthcare — more than any other country on the planet.
  • Prescription drugs cost around 50% more in the U.S. than in other industrialized countries.
  • At current rates, by 2025, nearly 1/4 of the US GDP will be spent on healthcare.
  • It takes on average 12 years and $359 million to take a new drug from the lab to a patient.
  • Only 5 in 5,000 of these new drugs make it to human testing. From there, only 1 of those 5 is actually approved for human use.

And Now, the Good News:

We are in the midst of a (medical) revolution driven by exponential technology: artificial intelligence, sensors, robotics, 3D printing, big data, genomics and stem cells.

Today’s $3.8 trillion dollar healthcare industry is in the deceptive phase of its march towards dematerialization, demonetization and democratization (as I discuss in my A360 Summits).

What does that mean? Imagine a time within the next 10 years when:

  • Sensors and AI democratize and demonetize accurate diagnosis. Where an autonomous health scan is identical for the poorest on Earth and a billionaire in Manhattan.
  • Large-scale genomic sequencing and machine learning allow us to understand the root cause of cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative disease and what to do about it.
  • When robotic surgeons can carry out a perfect operation (every time) for pennies on the dollar.
  • When each of us can regrow a heart, liver, lung of kidney when we need it instead of waiting for the donor to die.

These breakthroughs are materializing because of the convergence of the following key accelerating technologies.

Artificial Intelligence (AI):

AI will enable better diagnoses and personalized medical recommendations.

  • Johnson & Johnson is teaching IBM’s A.I. called Watson to read and understand scientific papers that detail clinical trial outcomes.
  • One such Watson system contains 40 million documents, ingests an average of 27,000 new documents per day, and provides insights for thousands of users.
  • After only one year, Watson’s successful diagnosis rate for lung cancer is 90 percent, compared to 50 percent for human doctors.

Sensors:

Wearables, connected devices, and quantified-self apps will allow us to collect enormous amounts of useful health information.

  • Wearables like the Quanttus wristband and Vital Connect can transmit your electrocardiogram data, vital signs, posture and stress levels anywhere on the planet.
  • Google is developing a smart contact lens that can monitor the wearer’s blood sugar levels for diabetic patients.
  • The $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is bringing the Star Trek Tricorder to life in the next 15 months — not for a doctor or nurse, but for you, the consumer.

Robotics:

The precision, accuracy, and mobility of medical robotics will allow us to serve more humans around the world, faster and cheaper.

  • Over 1.5 million surgeries worldwide have been performed by Intuitive Surgical’s Da Vinci robotic system using 3D HD vision inside the body, with precise movements that don’t have the tremors of a human hand.
  • Companies like Suitable Technology’s BEAM, and InTouch health allow top physicians to beam into locations around the world for consultation and rounds at hospitals.

3D Printing:

On-demand manufacturing will make medical devices cheaper and more readily accessible to millions, and it will make scarce resources like organs-for-transplant abundantly available.

  • 3D Systems is 3D printing precise dental and anatomical models, custom surgical guides, implantable devices, exoskeletons, hearing aids, prosthetics and braces for scoliosis and other applications.
  • Students at Washington University 3D printed a robotic arm for about $200. Traditional robotic limbs can run $50,000 to $70,000, and they need to be replaced as children grow.
  • Dr. Anthony Atala’s team are 3D bioprinting with cells to produce tissues, blood vessels and even small organs.

Genomics & Big Data:

The cost of genome sequencing has plummeted 100,000-fold, from $100M per genome in 2001 to $1,000 per genome today… outpacing Moore’s Law by 5x.

  • At Human Longevity Inc., our mission is to accumulate the largest genomics data set ever. We will sequence over 1 million full human genomes, microbiomes, MRI body image scans, metabolomes, and more…
  • Next, with that large data set, we’ll be able to unlock the secrets of our biology. We’ll find insights into and cures for cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative disease, and ultimately extend the human lifespan.

Stem Cells:

We are now in the earliest stages of stem cell therapy development. Future therapies will be transformative and, frankly, mind-boggling.

  • Stem cell therapy promises tissue regeneration and renewal – and thus a “cure” for everything from blindness to spinal cord injuries, type 1 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke, burns, cancer and osteoarthritis.
  • In 2012, researchers at Cedars-Sinai reported one of the first cases of successful therapeutic stem cell treatment – they used patients’ own stem cells to regenerate heart tissue and undo damage from a heart attack.

Conclusions

The disruption and transformation of medicine is happening right now. That’s why each year I work with Dr. Daniel Kraft, head of the Medicine track at Singularity University, to hold an amazing 3-day event that brings all of the coolest and most powerful technologies together at an event called Exponential Medicine.

If you’d like to attend this click here. It’s my pleasure to extend to you a significant discount to attend. Just enter the code XMEDPHD to get a $750 discount on the general ticket and a $1,000 discount on the VIP ticket.

And if you’re interested in discussing and exploring the impact of these converging technologies with me, I run a mastermind group of CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs. I coach them on how to turn their success into significance and positively impact the future.

It’s called Abundance 360. Apply here.

There’s never been a better time to be alive.

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Evidence of Abundance #12: Reducing Poverty

We often hear people complain about the rich getting rich and the poor getting poorer. But in today’s evidence of abundance, I want to share an alternate perspective that shows we’re actually reducing poverty.

The following graph is based on information from The Economist’s June 2013 cover story. Take a look at the drop in the number of people who live on $1.25 or less a day, and how that’s dropped by a billion in just the last 20 years.

What’s even more promising is how swiftly the curve drops after 2015 or so. By 2030, just a small percentage of the global population will live in poverty.

Is the wealth gap growing? Yes, but this is also happening at a time when we are eliminating extreme poverty. We are going from a world of “have’s and have-nots" to a world of "have’s and super-haves.” The goal of my work is to help assure that we can create a world of Abundance in which we meet the basic needs of every man, woman and child.

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.

It’s an extraordinary time to be alive.

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President Clinton Endorses Abundance

Earlier this week, President Bill Clinton interviewed me about “moonshots” and “abundance.”

I was honored to share the stage with him for the closing session of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

I had no idea he was a fan of Abundance, but he had clearly consumed the book and quoted from his dog-eared copy.

***To watch this 12-minute conversation on Abundance, XPRIZE & Technology, click here***

Leadership (whether you are the U.S. President, an entrepreneur or a CEO) is all about mindset… specifically scarcity vs. abundance and linear vs. exponential.

This blog is about the difference.

Scarcity vs. Abundance; Linear vs. Exponential Mindset               

As I teach at my mastermind (Abundance 360), a scarcity and linear mindset is destructive and self-limiting.

Unfortunately, most people think in terms of scarcity, and linear growth.

They see “limitations,” rather than “possibilities.”

They forget that the world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest business opportunities.

They see linear projections in a world where technology is exploding exponentially.

They forget that a Maasai Warrior on a smartphone today has access to more information than President Clinton had only 20 years ago (BTW, I loved saying that directly to President Clinton — I think it caught him off-guard, but he agreed).

The Mental Game

Every innovator I talk to emphasizes the importance of the mental game, arguing that without the right mindset, entrepreneurs have absolutely no chance of success. 

I couldn’t agree more. Mindset is everything. Whether you think you can or think you can’t — well, you’re right.

Most of our great entrepreneurial leaders today are people who have created world-changing industries where none had existed before. 

Most of them accomplished this feat by solving problems that had long been considered unsolvable. 

Taken together, they are a group whose track record showed that one of the better responses to the threat of scarcity is not to try to slice our pie thinner; rather, it’s to figure out how to make more pies.

Or as Larry Page famously said in his I/O 2013 keynote: “Being negative is not how we make progress.”

This is not a passing sentiment for Larry, it’s a core philosophy. “I’m tremendously optimistic,” says Page. “I’m certain that whatever challenges we take on, we can solve with a little bit of concerted effort and some good technology. And that’s an exciting place to be. [It means] our job is really to make the world better. We need more people working on this. We need to have more ambitious goals. The world has enough resources to provide a good quality of life for everyone. We have enough raw materials. We need to get better organized and move a lot faster.”  

How to Think Exponentially & Abundantly

There are many important elements to setting your mindset.  Here are just a few to consider:

  1. Change your environment — Surround yourself with people who have an Abundance mindset. Work in places that reinforce exponential thinking. Your environment shapes your mindset and it is critically important.
  2. Have a Massively Transformative Purpose (MTP): What is your mission and your purpose? Why are you on this planet?  My MTP is to empower entrepreneurs to create extraordinary wealth while creating a world of Abundance. What’s yours?
  3. Don’t watch the news.  Take a media diet.  Our brain pays 10 times more attention to negative news (an evolutionary attribute that kept us alive thousands of years ago). Today the news media abuses this… they are a drug pusher and negative news is their drug.  Choose how and where you get your news feed. Proactively seek it out instead of being fed every murder, in HD, over and over again.  Let the data do the talking, and allow yourself to opt for abundance.
  4. Continuous education on Accelerating Technologies and Mindset. With the time you save giving up the nightly news, find sources to educate yourself on the exploding technology world. Go to Singularity University, read blogs and/or take some online courses. 

FYI, every January I coach a group of leaders, executives and entrepreneurs through my Abundance 360 Mastermind. If you are ready to learn how to develop an abundance mindset, how to create your moonshot and how to build an exponential organization, apply here.

We live in the most exciting time ever.

Let’s create a world of Abundance.

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Announcing My Boldest Mission Yet

I’m writing to tell you about the boldest XPRIZE I’ve ever launched.

…and I want you involved.

There are nearly one billion illiterate people on Earth.

Two-thirds of them are women.

250 million of them are children.

These are kids who can’t read, write or do basic math.

And there is a HUGE cost to society here: 250 million minds are going to waste.

We know from hard research that educated populations have lower growth rates, are more peaceful and add to the global economy.

The best way to create a more peaceful and prosperous world is to educate these kids.

But how?

To meet the demand of 250 million illiterate children would require training over 1.6 million new teachers by 2015.

There is NO WAY to teach enough teachers and build enough schools.

The old way just doesn’t scale.

It’s time to stop thinking linearly…

So here’s a solution. It’s the MOST important XPRIZE we may ever launch.

It’s called the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE.

We are challenging hundreds (perhaps thousands) of teams around the world to build a piece of software that can take a child from illiteracy to reading, writing and numeracy in just 18 months.

Imagine such software preloaded onto every phone and every tablet.

Imagine software that incorporates A.I. as the facilitator — providing on-demand, personalized knowledge and learning when and where it is needed.

This isn’t designed to replace teachers. It’s to create an educational solution where little or none exists.

If there was one tool to create a more peaceful and vibrant world, one tool to empower humanity, this would be it.

I want to URGE you to check out this XPRIZE and get involved.

Do you have kids? Nieces, nephews, younger siblings?

Would you like access to the most powerful learning software ever created for your local elementary school?

If you do, then get involved and get access. Please check it out here.

This may be the most important and bold issue I’ve ever attempted to tackle.

Join XPRIZE in this mission. Let’s Change the World!