Xprize and the age of techno-optimism

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If there’s one organization that embodies the huge level of optimism we’re seeing about technology’s potential these days, it’s Xprize. The foundation’s challenges cover everything from bringing Star Trek-style tricorders to life, to landing a privately-funded robot on the moon.

At SXSW, I met up with Paul Bunje, who heads up ocean-related challenges for Xprize. His current project is the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health Xprize, looking to tackle the increasing acidification of the sea.

Bunje told me about the challenge’s progress, and we discussed just how far techno-optimism can take us. You can listen to the discussion below.