When linearity met exponential — a summer at Singularity University

Dates: December 7, 2013
Location: London, England

Predicting the future is a hard task, even when trends are linear. When the quantities involved are changing exponentially it becomes even more challenging. That’s where Singularity University comes in.

Founded by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis with the objective of exposing brilliant minds to shifting paradigms, Singularity University has been a fascinating experiment in looking at the possibilities of exploring uses of exponential technology to impact huge numbers of people. Each summer around 80 folks from 23 countries are brought together at Singularity University campus located in NASA AMES campus for 10 weeks.

This talk aims to give a glimpse at the journey of 10 weeks from ideas to prototypes which have the potential to impact a billion people. It covers:

• The personal experiences of one attendee in the summer course

• The progress of selected graduate projects, in fields such as health, synthetic biology, the democratisation of the Internet, and ‘green’ silicon

• A report from “the cutting edge of the Singularity”.

About the speaker:

Anish Mohammed is a multi disciplinarian who in has worked as a medical doctor, bioinformatician, security expert/cryptographer and most recently as consultant. He describes himself as someone who is passionate about technology, especially cloud computing, big data, cryptography and security.

Anish is also an avid robotics enthusiast who is actively involved in Open Source Unmanned Aerial Vehicle projects. He spent summer of this year in Singularity University.