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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Singularity University Blog | 2011 Graduate Studies Program team projects announced

January 10, 2011

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Source: Singularity University Blog — Jan 10, 2011 | Singularity University staff

Each summer, the Graduate Studies Program class (GSP) is challenged with “Ten to the Ninth Plus” team projects — a highlight of the ten week program. The students spend several weeks working toward the goal of developing ideas and solutions that have the potential to positively impact at least one billion people within ten years. Teams from GSP09 and GSP10 have already made significant progress. This year, GSP11… read more

Singularity University Blog | 5 tips to winning a hack-a-thon competition

August 7, 2009
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Source: Singularity University Blog — Aug 7, 2009 | Singularity University staff

On July 31st, a group of Singularity University students and I decided to attend iPhoneDevCamp at Yahoo HQ – for an impromptu field trip. Our goal: to gain first-hand experience of the rapid pace of innovation in Silicon Valley. And maybe build a cool app to enter into the hack-a-thon competition. The result was an app called “Gettaround” (www.gettaround.com).

20,000 lines of code, 2 days, and just 4 hrs of sleep later, our app won the “Best Money Making App” category (sponsored by Mobclix) in the hack-a-thon. Here is a short clip of our presentation for the judges:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JFfd6-uS7Q… read more

Singularity University Blog | TechNewsWorld: “The trouble with augmented reality and other cool tech,” guest post by SU trustee Sonia Arrison

February 24, 2010

Source: Singularity University Blog — February 24, 2010 | Singularity University staff

This is a guest post by Sonia Arrison, Trustee and Associate Founder of Singularity University. Sonia is a TechNewsWorld columnist and a senior fellow in technology studies at the California-based Pacific Research Institute.

She is author of two previous books (Western Visions and Digital Dialog) as well as numerous PRI studies on technology issues.

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Singularity University Blog | The New York Times explained — our singular purpose

June 13, 2010

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Source: Singularity University Blog — June 12, 2010 | Salim Ismael

We were pleased to see a long article featuring Singularity University appeared in today’s New York Times titled “Merely Human? That’s So Yesterday.”  While factually accurate, the narrow focus of the article may lead readers away from the core goal of our program, which is to leverage accelerating technologies to address [...]… 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

A letter from Ray Kurzweil | Supporting an endeavor that will benefit over one billion people within 10 years

June 5, 2011

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Dear friends,

I’d like to request your support for an endeavor that will benefit the lives of over one billion people within 10 years. 

As you may know, I’m the co-founder and chancellor of Singularity University (SU), now in its third successful year. Each year, SU assembles an international class of the brightest graduate students — top achievers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds — to participate in our unique Singularity… read more

Singularity University Blog | A look into the October Executive Program

October 29, 2010

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Source: Singularity University Blog — Oct 29, 2010 | Singularity University staff

Last Friday, we graduated our latest Executive Program class with inspiring talks from students and faculty, handshakes and hugs with new friends, and a review of the incredible nine days the class spent on the leading edge of exponential technologies.

We strive to bring together a diverse mix of backgrounds and industries for each Executive Program, for an enriching experience, and EPF10 did not disappoint. The 41… read more

Singularity University Blog | A milestone — curriculum planning

March 27, 2009

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

Seven short weeks ago, we announced Singularity University at TED2009.

The launch was extremely well covered — we were on the front page of the Financial Times globally and there were several hundred original stories about it all over the world. Ray was on Fox news and Wolf Blitzer had us over to CNN’s LA studios. And it hasn’t stopped… read more

Singularity University Blog | A most Singular project

February 3, 2009

Source: Singularity University Blog — Feb 03, 2009 | Singularity University staff

Over the last 2-3 months, a lot of people have been watching my tweets and listened to my various conversations wondering what exactly I’m up to. I haven’t been able to say much, but can now finally talk about it. Biting lips for this long has been tough, but I can finally say I’m heading up Singularity University – some great coverage from TechCrunch and CNet (among… read more

A personal message from Peter Diamandis | Official launch of the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize

January 11, 2012

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Dear SU and KurzweilAI family and friends:

I’m very pleased to announce the launch of the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize. I had a chance to announce live on stage this morning at CES, during the opening keynote. Details below. I hope we’ll have a number of SU teams and Kurzweil readers enter to compete!

Peter

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Singularity University Blog | Andrew Hessel on the future of synthetic biology

December 1, 2009

Source: Singularity University Blog — Dec 1, 2009 | Singularity University staff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HeQlrtUOu4

Singularity University Executive Director Salim Ismail talks with Andrew Hessel after his lecture at the inaugural Executive Program. ‘Synthetic biology will rival the IT industry in the next ten years’.

Singularity University Blog | Andrew Hessel: Intro to Synthetic Biology

November 11, 2009

Source: Singularity University Blog — Nov 11, 2009 | Singularity University staff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niQ0kkgPxJk

Andrew Hessel, pioneer in synthetic biology, discusses the similarities between computing and biology during a talk at Singularity University.

Singularity University Blog | Applications closed for SU’s graduate studies program 2010

March 7, 2010

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Source: Singularity University Blog — Mar 7, 2010 | Singularity University staff

The application period for Singularity University’s 2010 Graduate Studies Program for this coming summer has passed, ending March 15. Many thanks to all those who applied. From this point forward, applications will only be considered on an exceptional basis and will require a referral.

An early round of applications has already been evaluated, and an initial selection of acceptances have been made. Over the next two weeks, our faculty… read more

CNET | At Singularity University, blowing minds and taking meetings

March 2, 2010

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Source: CNET — March 2, 2010 | Daniel Terdiman

CNET correspondent Daniel Terdiman shadowed Executive Program participant Rob Nail during one of his first days at Singularity University’s Winter 2010 Executive Program.

 For Rob Nail, Saturday was a bonanza of opportunity. Over dinner that night in building 20 at the NASA Ames Research Center here, Nail found himself discussing 3D printing and housing with X Prize CEO Peter Diamandis. Already, Nail had been considering buying… read more

Singularity University Video | Aubrey de Grey: in pursuit of longevity

March 29, 2010

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Source: Singularity University Video — Mar 29, 2010 | Singularity University staff

Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation, speaks about the future of regenerative medicine and human longevity. Filmed during the 2009 Graduate Summer Program at Singularity University.

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