Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Singularity University

Inventor/futurist Ray Kurzweil and X Prize CEO Peter Diamandis have founded a summer 10 week Singularity University for "Preparing Humanity for Accelerating Technological Change". The course, hosted by NASA and funded in part by NASA and Google, is set up as a survey of the future with 10 tracks: 1) future studies and forecasting, 2) networks and computing systems, 3) biotechnology and bioinformatics, 4) nanotechnology, 5) medicine, neuroscience and human enhancement, 6) AI, robotics and cognitive computing, 7) energy and ecological systems, 8) space and physical sciences, 9) policy, law and ethics and 10) finance and entrepreneurship. The goal is to have talented scientists and entrepreneurs learn from each other, to spark new big ideas and new companies, and perhaps to solve some of the world's big problems like energy, global warming and hunger. Faculty for the first Singularity U term include The Sims creator Will Wright and Nobel Prize winner George Smoot. Watch an introduction video here.

(image credit: (C) Singularity University, NASA Research Park)