The X Prize Foundation has secured $7 million in operating funding from British Telecom (BT), Cosmic Log’s Alan Boyle reports. Founder Peter Diamandis tells Boyle the funding allows the non-profit to broaden its programs beyond its current U.S.-centric focus.
Diamandis had some kind words for John McCain’s proposal for a $300 million battery prize. He also talked extensively about plans for future prizes, including ones in health care, environment, and human genetic engineering. One idea involves involves giving the handicapped what they’ve always dreamed of: a chance to play the world’s most frustrating sport.
“Also in life sciences, we’re looking at human longevity, and what we internally call ‘the bionic man,’ the challenge to give a quadriplegic the ability to play a round of golf,” Diamandis said.
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