The other day, during my talk on KUBIKULO and Mobile 3D Augmented Reality, at SV Code Camp, an audience member asked me where I wanted to take things, whether I wanted to continue just making cool hacks, or to take things towards the enterprise level — somewhere along the lines, I tried answering the question of what I’d do if I somehow figure out how to score that high score in capitalism to become a billion dollars rich…

I’m a big believer that, “With great power, comes great responsibility,” and money — on the order of a billion dollars — is essentially extreme power. With that amount, you can buy anything you (or anyone you personally knew) could ever need, and you’re going to end up with a lot of it left, unless you make a lot of unsensible purchases of arbitrary amounts… The best use would be more in the area of philanthropy, to make the real lasting contributions to humanity, beyond the shallow overhang of acquisitions and corporate politics.

So, that said, to finally answer the question… If I had a couple billion dollars, the first thing I’d do is call up Peter Diamandis and launch an X Prize for Teleportation. And then, I’d retire to being a physicist again, and solving that teleportation problem myself to earn my own money back. Transportation and allocation seems to be the biggest problems in the world — from time wasture in commute to people being inevitably late to world hunger (there is probably enough food being thrown out daily at these SF bay conferences to feed Africa, now what if you could instantly beam this food over to someone who really needs it). Along the way, I suppose I’d also figure out how to make a Star Trek-worthy replicator, to instantly create anything, for reals — including coffee, black and genuine-tasting tomato juice. Talk about crazed intellectual philanthropy? xD