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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

Ray Kurzweil talk at SU class of 2013

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 | Singularity University acquires the Singularity Summit and Singularity Institute brand

December 6, 2012


Singularity University (SU) announced today that it has acquired the Singularity Summit annual conference and the Singularity Institute brand, including the 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 Blog | Singularity University: “Humanity’s Grandest Challenges”

July 7, 2009

Source: Singularity University Blog — Jul 7, 2009 | Singularity University staff

Singularity University is pleased to invite the public to a panel discussion with leading experts on “Humanity’s Grandest Challenges,” on Thursday, July 9 at 7pm PT (NASA Ames Research Park).

RSVP link:

Exponentially accelerating “grand challenges” will take political power, significant investments, and necessitate the development of equally accelerating technologies to affect the large numbers of people required to make a real difference – locally and… 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 Blog | Sofya Yampolsky on the 3-D printing of houses

January 15, 2010

Source: Singularity University Blog — Jan 15, 2010 | Singularity University staff

Sofya Yampolsky was a student at Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Prgram 2009 (GSP-09), representing a GSP Team Project focused on bringing 3-D printing of homes to the developing world.

The ACASA team project examined how these exponentially growing technologies could be applied to the problem of sub-standard housing, concluding that advances in Rapid Additive Manufacturing (RAM) technologies could be used to construct customizable, affordable, and environmentally sustainable… read more

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

Singularity University Blog | SU first three weeks in pictures

July 22, 2009

Source: Singularity University Blog — Jul 22, 2009 | Singularity University staff

With the first three weeks of the Singularity University summer session complete the Hub is here to give you a summary of what has been happening. My personal impression is that the school is off to a fantastic start. Call me biased if you want, but considering the quality of students involved, the prestige of the faculty and guest speakers, and the vast array of activities that have occurred it… read more

Singularity University Blog | SU launch at TED conference

February 15, 2009

Source: Singularity University Blog — Feb 15, 2009 | Singularity University staff

Singularity University Blog | SU launches (press release)

June 25, 2009

Source: Singularity University Blog — Jun 25, 2009 | Singularity University staff



40 Students Chosen from More than 1,200 Candidates to Kick Off Graduate Summer Program

Students Focused on Addressing “Humanity’s Grand Challenges” through Scientific and Technological Collaboration and Innovation

Leading Venture Capital Firm Joins University as Corporate Founder, Key Financial Donor

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – June 25, 2009 – Singularity University (SU) — the new academic institution with the goal of preparing the next generation of leaders to address “humanity’s grand challenges” — today announced the selection of 40 students to represent the inaugural class for the Graduate Summer Program (GSP). Singularity University narrowed the final 40 students from a pool of more than 1,200 candidate applications around the globe. The summer program begins on June 29, 2009, based at its campus on the NASA Ames Research Park.

SU also announced that leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm, ePlanet Ventures, joins SU as the newest Corporate Founder to support the institution.

Singularity University Blog | SU names GSP-09 students

July 30, 2009

Source: Singularity University Blog — Jul 30, 2009 | Singularity University staff

  • Singularity University (SU) is announcing the 40 students participating in the inaugural Graduate Studies Program (GSP)
  • Students will use multiple social media channels to share insights and experiences throughout the GSP
  • Home towns, background, and education for each student are included in individual SU profile URLs
  • Twenty-five students received full or partial scholarships from Singularity University, and Singularity University Corporate Founding Sponsors, Google and ePlanet Ventures
  • GSP kicked off at NASA Ames, Moffett Field on June 29, 2009 and concludes August 28, 2009


Singularity University — the new academic institution with the goal of preparing the next generation of leaders to address “humanity’s grand challenges” — today named the 40 students participating in the inaugural Graduate Studies Program (GSP). Hailing from 13 countries, and from a cross-range of academic and business backgrounds, the students of Singularity University truly represent the next generation of leaders and innovators to address the major issues facing our world. And, throughout the summer program, students will share insights and daily experiences using social media channels, such as WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Picasa.

The summer class is composed of 26 men and 14 women, ranging in age from 22 to 47 years old. The 13 nations represented are: USA, Canada, Israel, United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, India, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, and Russia.

Singularity University is modeled after the successful International Space University, founded at MIT in 1987, which has become one of the leading interdisciplinary, international and intercultural institutions for the study of space. The GSP is a nine-week graduate-level interdisciplinary curriculum designed to facilitate understanding, collaboration, and innovation across a broad range of carefully chosen scientific and technological disciplines whose developments are exponentially accelerating. SU summer program classes began June 29, 2009, based at NASA Ames Research Park on Moffett Field.

Singularity University Blog | SU opening ceremony

June 24, 2009

Source: Singularity University Blog — Jun 24, 2009 | Singularity University staff

NASA Kicks Off 2009 International University Programs
Rachel Prucey, Steve Brody & Denise Vardakas

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will welcome more than 500 guests, including an international cadre of students and faculty from nearly 40 countries for the International Space University and Singularity University Opening Ceremony on June 29, 2009. The ceremony will be held in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and will… read more

Singularity University Blog | SU presents Al Seckel and “Your Mind’s Eye”

July 25, 2009

Source: Singularity University Blog — Jul 25, 2009 | Singularity University staff

Your Mind’s Eye: The World’s Most Powerful Illusions and What they Tell Us about How We Think and Perceive

Come see, experience, and take delight in some of the world’s most powerful visual and other sensory illusions. The illusions presented in this talk will not just be confined to the visual senses, but there will be auditory ones too, including cross-modal examples of sound influencing what you see, and… read more

Singularity University Blog | SU presents David Orban and “The Internet of Things”

July 27, 2009
David Orban

Source: Singularity University Blog — Jul 27, 2009 | Singularity University staff

The Internet of Things, and Spime Design Workshop

What happens when we move from billions of mobile phones around us, to networks made of ten, one hundred or one thousand times more nodes? What are going to be the necessary features of these networks, which will constitute the Internet of Things? How can we think about, and must start planning for the nature of this new fundamental entity quickly… read more

Good | SU startup Getaround featured in Good magazine’s infographic ‘What does tomorrow look like?’

January 12, 2012

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Source: Good — December 6, 2011

Singularity University startup Getaround was featured in Good magazine’s roundup “The GOOD 100,” in an interactive infographic exploring the question “What does tomorrow look like?” See the infographic here. From their magazine issue: “The Next Big Thing.”

Good | What does tomorrow look like? To assemble our second-ever GOOD 100 list (check out the first here), we surveyed culture and politics to pick out trends and seemingly minor moments… read more

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