About Singularity University

Singularity University (SU) is an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity's grand challenges.

With the support of a broad range of leaders in academia, business and government, SU hopes to stimulate groundbreaking, disruptive thinking and solutions aimed at solving some of the planet's most pressing challenges. SU was founded in 2009 by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, and is based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley.

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Business Wire | Singularity University and CNBC partner to launch exponential finance conference in New York City

February 26, 2014

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Source: Business Wire — February 26, 2014

Exponential Finance will take place June 10-11, 2014, in New York City.

The event will bring together top business leaders and government officials with the next generation of entrepreneurs to engage in dynamic and forward-thinking discussions on the exponential technologies that are creating the next greatest wave of transition in industry, business and finance.

Peter H. Diamandis cofounded SU with futurist and Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil.… read more

GigaOm | Singularity University to launch $50 million venture fund to tackle the world’s grand challenges

January 28, 2014

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Source: GigaOm — January 23, 2014 | Signe Brewster

SU was started in 2008 by X Prize founder Peter Diamandis and Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil. It has grown to encompass educational programs aimed at executives and graduate students and the accelerator.

GetaroundMade in Space and Modern Meadow are among the participating startups. It also has a new program that pairs its startups with established companies like Lowe’s, Coca-Cola, Unicef and Hershey’s. Miller said said that while the… read more

Fortune | When the professor works at Google

September 16, 2013

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Source: Fortune — September 16, 2013 | John Hagel, John Seely Brown

Singularity University doesn’t have a big staff or a long history. It was founded in 2009 by two successful entrepreneurs, Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, with the vision of using disruptive technologies to positively impact a billion people within a decade.

They are motivated to explore the potential of rapidly advancing technologies to take on humanity’s big challenges, such as water scarcity and energy consumption. [...]

Singularity University | Ray Kurzweil remarks at Singularity University Graduate Studies Program 2013 graduation

August 27, 2013

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I run across two types of people. I’ve been thinking about what distinguishes these two groups, what causes a person to be in one group or the other.

One group accepts problems. Problems are just the way things are. We need to learn to accept problems.

The purpose of life, for example, is to accept death, to become comfortable with it — after all it’s… read more

Singularity University | Ray Kurzweil talk at Singularity University with class of 2013

August 1, 2013

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Ray Kurzweil talk and Q&A session for Singularity University with the class of 2013.

Singularity University was founded by Ray Kurzweil, chancellor, and Peter Diamandis, chairman, in 2009.

Singularity University Graduate Studies Program Opening Ceremony

June 13, 2013

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Please join Singularity University in welcoming the new 2013 Graduate Studies Program students!

The class of 2013 are some of the best and brightest from around the world and this summer will forever alter the course of their lives. View the current roster of students here, and meet the new class in person June 17th at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California!… read more

Fortune | A different kind of incubator

May 23, 2013

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Source: Fortune — May 23, 2013 | Ted Greenwald

Like high-schoolers yearning for Harvard, many startups aspire to be accepted to a top accelerator program such as Y Combinator or TechStars. But what if you aim not to build the next Facebook but to solve pressing global problems?

That’s the core criterion for admission to SU Labs. “We’re not going to take a company that might make a nice return but has no value in… read more

Reason | Singularity University’s Salim Ismail on the age of technological disruption

May 9, 2013

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Source: Reason — May 9, 2013 | Tracy Oppenheimer

“All of the structures that we use to run the world today — our civics, our politics, our legal systems, healthcare, education — are all structured for a world 100 or 200 years ago, not for the world of today. So we think we’re in for a lot of disruption,” says Salim Ismail, founding director of Singularity University.

ReasonTV’s Tracy Oppenheimer caught up with Salim at… read more

Singularity University | Singularity University acquires the Singularity Summit and Singularity Institute brand

December 6, 2012

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Singularity University (SU) announced today that it has acquired the Singularity Summit annual conference and the Singularity Institute brand, including the singularity.org domain.

According to an SU statement, the acquisition furthers SU’s founding goal to provide the tools and thinking necessary to solve humanity’s greatest challenges, while SI transitions to a more research-focused organization. It also enables SU to… read more

Singularity University | FutureMed 2013

Dates: February 4 – 9, 2013
Location: Santa Clara, California

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FutureMed at Singularity University is a one-of-a-kind program that focuses on disruptive, game-changing exponential technologies that will revolutionize the practice of medicine and radically transform healthcare and the biomedical industry in the decade ahead.

The next FutureMed is scheduled for February 4-9th, 2013. It is widely acclaimed as the premiere interactive program for physicians, healthcare executives, innovators and investors who want to dive into the… read more

Women 2.0 | Calling all female game-changers for Singularity University

March 26, 2012

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Source: Women 2.0 — March 26, 2012 | Susan Fonseca

Scholarships are available to select female catalysts chosen to attend Singularity University. | By Susan Fonseca: Founding Member, Singularity University & Founder, Women@TheFrontier.

Singularity University (SU), a Silicon Valley organization located at NASA Research Park  in California seeks next-generation rock-stars to join this summer’s Graduate Studies Program 2012 (GSP12).

Every summer, SU selects 80 top students from around the world to join the GSP class.

Our students… read more

The Wall Street Journal | The future is so bright, it’s dematerializing

February 25, 2012

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — February 25, 2012 | Matt Ridley

Dematerialization is one of the reasons that Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler give for the future’s being “better than you think” in their new book, Abundance. Mr. Diamandis founded the X Prizes, which handsomely reward those who reach certain far-minded goals in technology, medicine, energy and ecology.

As well as the X Prizes, Mr. Diamandis is cofounder and chairman of Singularity University, where the futurist Ray… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Defying the doomsayers

February 23, 2012

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — February 22, 2012 | Michael Shermer

Defying the doomsayers: Abundance argues that growing technologies have the potential not only to spread information but to solve some of humanity’s most vexing problems.

If every image made and every word written from the earliest stirring of civilization to the year 2003 were converted to digital information, the total would come to five exabytes. An exabyte is one quintillion bytes, or one billion… read more

New book by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, Abundance, debuts #1 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

February 22, 2012

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A special message from author Peter Diamandis:

Dear readers,

On February 20, 2012, Abundance debuted #1 on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Thank you for your support! Check out the book here. Below are some reviews that Abundance has received so far.

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Special message from Peter Diamandis & Ray Kurzweil | New book Abundance, and special offers to KurzweilAI readers

January 30, 2012

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In the forthcoming book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, Peter H. Diamandis (chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation and cofounder and chairman of Singularity University) and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler give us an extensive tour of the latest in exponentially growing technologies and explore how four emerging forces — exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the Rising… read more

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